Fossil Free protesters descended on UCL’s south cloisters today, staging a ‘die-in’ to highlight climate change deaths while demanding the college divest from fossil fuel companies.
Dressed in black, upwards of 70 protesters lay down outside the UCL Provost’s office. They pinned signs on to their clothes with critical messages reading, “UCL has £14.2million invested in fossil fuel companies,” “300,000 climate change deaths a year and counting,” and “UCL: researching climate change, teaching climate change, funding climate change,” among others.
Chants of, “Provost, Provost, shame on you, we deserve a future too,” rang through the cloisters, in between film clips about fossil fuels and climate change played through a speaker.
Max Evans, a history student at UCL, supports divestment. He said: “Because we’ve only got one planet and everyone needs to live on it, hopefully for many generations. So we should all be climate friendly and do the best we can to support the planet.”
The die-in attracted a lot of attention from passing students, many of whom stuck signs to their fronts and joined the protesters lying on the ground.
After what was deemed a successful protest, Fossil Free organiser Guin Carter promised: “We’re going to up the scale each time. This is our lowest level action, then we’re going to have a medium one and then a high one. So there’s lots to come from Fossil Free UCL this year.”