Journalists' names on university 'memorial' to 'those who denied' climate change

Melanie Phillips, James Delingpole and Christopher Booker have been recognised for their work on climate change at Anglia Ruskin University.

A 2.2m-tall memorial features the names of these journalists, who it labels as climate change deniers. They appear, alongside three politicians, under the title: “Lest We Forget Those Who Denied”.

Phillips is a comment writer who had a longstanding column with the Daily Mail, James Delingpole is a freelance journalist and writer and Christopher Booker writes a weekly column for the Sunday Telegraph.

An Anglia Ruskin press release described the construction – which also features the names of Nigel Lawson, Christopher Monckton and Owen Paterson – as “an ‘oil painting’ with a difference”, because “a constant stream of engine oil runs over” it.

The work, by third year fine art student Ian Wolter, won the university’s 2015 Sustainability Art Prize.

Wolter said: “With this work I envisage a time when the deliberate denial of climate change will be seen as a crime because it hinders progress towards a low carbon future.” 

Dr Aled Jones, director of Anglia Ruskin’s Global Sustainability Institute, said: “The winner was chosen because of the way they approached their subject by bringing together a powerful message with a beautiful piece of art.

“The oil waterfall sculpture could be viewed in decades to come as a monument to a period of history that saw scientific knowledge battle to be heard above political ideologies.”

The work is made of plywood and will be on display until the middle of May.

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