UCSB Library Exhibition: Fossil Free UC

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November 13, 2023 @ 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

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Fossi lFree UC

This UCSB Library exhibition (November 13, 2023 – June 28, 2024) celebrates the achievement of the student-led campaign as a testament to the power of collective action to transform our university and our world.

Between 2012-2019, student activists led a UC-wide coalition– the Fossil Free UC campaign– to pressure the University to divest faculty and staff retirement funds from oil company shares. UCSB students were at the forefront of the movement, working closely with their peers at other campuses. Their grassroots campaign exposed the disjuncture between public perception of Santa Barbara as a haven for environmentalism and the University’s investments in the fossil fuel industry. Through a strategic combination of demonstrations, letter-writing, and face-to-face conversations, students and supporting faculty made it clear that the UC was complicit and profiting from environmental destruction caused by oil companies.

This exhibition was co-curated by Mona Damluji (Film and Media Studies, UCSB) and Andrea Serna (History, UCSB).

Cosponsored by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center’s Re-Centering Energy Justice Research Focus Group, Department of Environmental Studies, and Mellon Sawyer Seminar on Energy Justice in Global Perspective


November 13, 2023
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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