Many initiatives are student-led but others are organised by, for example, the Environmental Change Institute and the Environmental Sustainability Team at Estate Services. Some are very new but others are “ancient” – like the Exploration Club founded in 1927!
Below is a short selection from the dynamic array of “planet savers” that Oxford students are constantly creating. If you know of any others, let us know please!
- Anthroposphere, the Oxford Climate Review
Anthroposphere is a new interdisciplinary print magazine founded at Oxford University and open to students from around the world. We cover climate change and the environment through the lenses of natural science, economics, policy, politics, literature, pop culture, and much more.
- climate prediction.net
The world’s largest climate modelling experiment, climateprediction.net is a volunteer “citizen science” computing, climate modelling project. Over 350k people from 150+ countries have participated, including many students . The project runs climate models on people’s home computers to help answer questions about how climate change is affecting our world, now and in the future.
- Climate Society
Organise free, weekly events with world-leading speakers on the biggest issues in climate science, politics, economics, campaigning and more. Organise The Oxford School of Climate Change, an eight-week seminar series designed for all those who care deeply about preventing climate breakdown and finding answers to the most pressing questions in climate policy and science. Organise our Student Research Showcase, where students from all disciplines and academic stages can exhibit or speak about an environmental project that they have been involved with, followed by a drinks reception in our exhibition space. Campaign for concrete action to reduce the University’s contribution to climate change, including through the University’s Carbon Innovation Programme. Publish Anthroposphere biannually.
- Energy Society
Primarily act to organise events relevant to the matters surrounding energy and climate change. As the only student society in Oxford dedicated to all energy areas, we endeavour to provide a platform for all points of view with the aim of stimulating discussion and broadening knowledge. We run many activities throughout the year including site visits, sponsors events, workshops and our popular weekly talks. Our talks have featured a range of speakers from academics, journalists, industry experts and CEOs of top energy companies. These talks are held every Wednesday during term time and are followed by drinks and nibbles with the speaker.
- Environmental Sustainability Team, Oxford University Estates Services: Student Opportunities & Training
Help to co-ordinate and promote several initiatives dedicated to students including Switch Off, Green Impact, Sustainability skills bank, Micro-Internships and internships, E&E Campaigns, relevant Student societies and the Sustainable College’s Guild
- Exploration Club
Expeditions vary from biological research to pure adventure: discovering new species of amphibians in the Andes, monitoring marine parks in the Moluccas, climbing unclimbed peaks in Greenland, and recording folk music in Tibet. The Club aims to help improve knowledge of our world through overseas exploration, as well as running a programme of talks and workshops during termtime to inspire and help with expedition planning.
- IFSTAL Food Systems, Environmental Change Institute
As a collaboration of seven higher education institutions, the Oxford-created IFSTAL is a pioneering learning community and resource to enable a step change in food systems thinking. We have already built a large and diverse community of over 1,200 food systems thinkers, including students from a wide range of backgrounds, alumni and workplace practitioners. IFSTAL is available (free) to all postgraduate students enrolled at the participating institutions. The programme equips participants with the skills to apply critical interdisciplinary systems thinking to issues of long-term food security through fostering intra- and inter-institution activities, and the means for taking new learning to the work-place.
- Nature Conservation Society
We are a student-run society offering talks, screenings and outdoor events on a wide range of current and contentious conservation issues, given by distinguished speakers from the University of Oxford and beyond. We aim to provide a space for environmentally concerned people to learn about current issues in conservation, and a forum for discussion about future conservation solutions. We also aim to engage in practical conservation work where possible, as well as providing members with information about volunteering and job opportunities in the conservation sector.
- Nature, Health, Built Environment Group, Oxford Chapter (NHBE)
NHBE Oxford is part of a new international group for graduate students and early-career researchers. It explores the nexus of nature, health and built environment. Other partners include Cambridge, Harvard, MIT, Stanford and Yale. It is open to all disciplines, including ecologists, geographers, architects, engineers, medics, psychologists and those in public health. The group hosts lectures, seminars, networking events and socials.
- Oxford Climate Justice Campaign
A student-led campaign founded on the conviction that our educational institution must use its enormous financial and cultural clout for environmental justice in a changing climate. We are part of the fast-growing, international Fossil Free movement, which works to cut support of the fossil fuel industry in major institutions. We ultimately see divestment from fossil fuels as a necessary, politically significant step in the transition to a zero-carbon economy. OCJC is an official campaign of the Oxford University Student Union.
- Oxford Development Consultancy
We are a student-run organisation which provides pro bono research and consultancy services to development organisations around the world. Having been rebranded from the Oxford Microfinance Initiative in 2018, ODC now looks at other developmental agendas such as green social enterprises as well as microfinance institutions and banks.
- Oxford Networks for the Environment (ONE)
Oxford Networks for the Environment (ONE) mobilises the University's relevant expertise in science, technology, business and society. It has a weekly mailing to promote research seminars and talks across the University. It also promotes the work of several hundred researchers active in the environment and energy sectors.
- People & Planet, Oxford Headquarters
People & Planet is the largest student network in the UK campaigning for social and environmental justice. Our mission is to build an empowered generation of change-makers who are equipped with life-long skills, motivation and networks to be a force for change in achieving a more equitable and sustainable world. People & Planet has four current campaigns: Fossil Free, Sweatshop Free, Undoing Borders and Divest Barclays, and we run two projects: the Economic Justice Project and the University League. The organisation has headquarters in Oxford.
- Sustainability Internships Programme, Environmental Change Institute (ECI)
ECI works with the Careers Service to offer sustainability internships with a wide variety of local, national and international organisations. Internships can run from 1 to 3 months.
- Student Switch Off, National Union of Students
Student Switch Off is a not-for-profit international campaign encouraging student action on climate change. We run energy-saving and recycling competitions within halls of residence at universities in the UK, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Ireland, Lithuania and Romania. Oxford has one of the largest participations of all universities
- Teach Green, Oxford Student Hub
Teach Green student volunteers deliver interactive environmental education sessions to local young people in Oxford. We believe education is key to tackling climate change, so we are working to empower young people with the skills and knowledge to make a real difference through fun, hands-on activity sessions with local children!
- Training Better Leaders Course (TBL), Environmental Change Institut (ECI)
TBL is a 3-day course which helps Oxford students engage with current sustainability thinking and practice. In 2018 sixty students from more than 20 courses - from archaeology to zoology - heard from external speakers from business, government and the voluntary sector.
- Veggie Pledge, Oxford Student Union
Veggie Pledge is an annual campaign each November, co-ordinated by the Student Union and Oxford colleges. Students submit pledges to help their college become the veggie victors.