In my recent feature on “25 years of climate change failure”
I reported among other things the ongoing campaign of Oxford students
to persuade the University to divest its massive £ 3.8 billion endowment
from all fossil fuel investments.
Nearly 70 Oxford alumni have now protested against this failure
to act more decisively by handing back their degrees. The photos are from a slightly improvised reverse degree ceremony held today outside the University Offices in Wellington Square (proper degree ceremonies are held at the Sheldonian Theatre hence the pun “Shelldonian”). The
59 degrees sent in beforehand were lined up at the start of the event,
to which the nine participants added theirs in the course of the
ceremony. At the end, the alumni successfully divested from the black
stuff, namely the gowns and mortarboards.
Prominent alumni who have pledged to hand their degrees (although
I’m not sure if they already have) include environmental campaigner
George Monbiot and solar entrepreneur Jeremy Leggett.