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Photo via YouTube/Guardian Keep It In the Ground campaign
Photo via YouTube/Guardian Keep It In the Ground campaign

The Guardian is taking an unusual and forward stance with this campaign — they’re asking Bill Gates to take a leading role in the fight against climate change.

Bill Gates
Bill Gates

Part of the “Keep it in the Ground” campaign, editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger cites the Gates Foundation’s tremendous outreach, resources and past successes as the perfect reason why the organization — and its key leaders, Bill and Melinda Gates — should also take a more public role in the fight against climate change. More specifically, by not investing Gates Foundation funds in fossil fuels companies.

“Since mid-March, the Guardian’s Keep it in the Ground campaign, in partnership with, has been calling on the Gates Foundation (and also the Wellcome Trust, another global medical charity) to divest its $43.5bn (£28bn) endowment from fossil fuel assets,” Rusbridger writes in the Guardian. “That would mean moving $1.4bn from oil, coal and gas stocks into alternatives.”

“The logic is simple,” Rusbridger continues. “These companies are committed to prospecting for more fossil fuels at a time when proven reserves are already far greater than we can afford to safely burn.”

The Guardian campaign, which launched in mid-March, states that it has collected “over 190,000 voices from over 170 countries.” You can see the petition here.

The Gates Foundation’s global press secretary Christopher Williams told us via email: “The Gates Foundation’s assets are independently managed by a separate entity, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust. I can tell you what I have told others, including the Guardian itself: I and the other staff of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation do not speak for the Trust, and the Trust does not comment on its holdings.”

Watch the Guardian‘s latest video, calling on help from Bill, below:

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