Oxford graduates ‘give back’ degree to protest over fossil fuels investment

Almost 70 Oxford alumni have symbolically handed back their degrees to criticise the university’s weak policy on fossil fuels investment – which excludes only direct investment in oil sands and coal but fails to address other money invested in unsustainable sources of energy.

Oxford University announced last week it would maintain its position of not having direct investment in high-risk oil sands and coal; it also pledged to follow environmental and social criteria for its investment.

However, many have noted this policy does not go far enough, since it doesn’t rule out investment in all dirty energy sources.

As a protest against the decision, some Oxford graduates have symbolically handed back their degrees on Saturday, calling for the school to take serious action against climate change.


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