Top Doctors Call on Charities to 'Do No Harm' and Divest from Fossil Fuels

Fifty of the world’s leading medical doctors and researchers on Thursday joined in the call for two multibillion dollar charities—Wellcome Trust and Gates Foundation—to divest their endowments from “the world’s 200 largest fossil fuel companies over the next five years”—because global health depends on it.

“Divestment rests on the premise that it is wrong to profit from an industry whose core business threatens human and planetary health, bringing to mind one of the foundations of medical ethics—first, do no harm,” wrote the doctors and scholars in an open letter published in The Guardian.

Signatories included Dr. Fiona Godlee, editor-in-chief of The British Medical Journal, Dr. Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet, and professors from across the United Kingdom.

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