Mock oil spill to encourage divestment

Protesters from Fossil Free Melbourne University staged a mock oil spill outside the university’s administration building on October 10.

They were protesting against the university's investment in 21 of Australia’s most polluting fossil fuel companies.

Dressed in HazMat suits, they pretended to clean up an “oil spill” of black plastic, with blackened toy animals and oil barrels placed around the scene.  

The action coincided with a meeting of the University Chancellery Executive, who were attempting to pass a draft of the Sustainability Plan, which will outline the practical steps the university will take over the coming years to implement environmental leadership and sustainability on campus.

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