Shell outrage in Oxford, and James Hansen coming to town!

Dear friends,

Yesterday, Oxford University announced a new partnership with Shell. That’s Shell, the largest producer in the tar sands. Shell, which wants to DOUBLE its tar sands extraction capacity despite opposition from the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation and many others. Shell, whose business model is based on the exponential production of fossil fuels, hurtling us towards the point of no return from climate disaster…

Get the Shell out of Earth Sciences! Photo by Hugh Warwick

So we joined with many others for a day of opposition that included: a letter in the Guardian signed by 75 alumni, staff and students; a protest byaround 40 people outside the launch event attended by Secretary of State Ed Davey; a  motion opposing the partnership that was passed by Oxford Students’ Union; and a surprise invasion of the University’s celebratory dinner with Shell in St Edmund’s Hall that evening. Get the full story here.

Next week we are thrilled to welcome James Hansen, one of the world’s most influential and outspoken climate scientists, to London. He is giving a public lecture at the London School of Economics on Thursday 16th May at 6.30pm, entitled ‘Itinerant Farming to White House Arrests: a scientist’s view of the climate crisis’. Dr Hansen has probably done more than anyone else to alert the world to the fact that unconstrained tar sands extraction spells ‘game over’ for the climate. Come along to hear his thoughts on how to make governments do their job in the face of the unfolding human-made climate crisis.

Yours in anticipation of a truly inspirational evening,

Jess, Emily, Ruthi and Sue

P.S. Thank you to everyone who helped us raise $4,000 to support front-line communities to challenge Shell at their Annual General Meeting on May 21st. Stay tuned for updates!

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