Oxford city centre march against fossil fuels held

The march through Oxford city centre to protest about the use of fossil fuels and call on county firms to stop investing in fossil fuel companies

The march through Oxford city centre to protest about the use of fossil fuels and call on county firms to stop investing in fossil fuel companies

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PROTESTERS marched through Oxford city centre to campaign against the use of fossil fuels.

The Fossil Free Future demonstration started in Radcliffe Square on Saturday morning and marched its way to Bonn Square.

Speakers at the event included Dr Brenda Boardman, a trustee of Low Carbon Oxford North and emeritus fellow at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute.

The campaigners were calling on businesses, as well as Oxfordshire’s councils and Oxford University, to stop investing in fossil fuel companies.

James Rainey, a 20-year-old biology student at Balliol College, below, is a member of Oxford University Student Union environment campaign.

He said: “It would make a massive statement if the university decided to divest its endowment in fossil fuels.

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“It should put its money in something else rather than investing in things that are potentially undermining our futures.”

Oxford University spokesman Stuart Gillespie said: “Oxford University Student Union has asked the university to divest its endowment from holdings in companies involved in exploration for, or exploitation of, fossil fuels.

“In order to provide a fully-considered response, a consultation has been launched to seek evidence and opinion from across the collegiate university.

“The university’s socially responsible investment review committee will collect views and make a recommendation to the university council in the autumn on what response to make to OUSU’s representation.”

 

 

 

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9:29am Mon 2 Jun 14

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

PROTESTERS marched through Oxford city centre to campaign against the use of fossil fuels.

And then promptly returned home to cook their Sunday roast on electric and gas ovens powered by fossil fuels.
PROTESTERS marched through Oxford city centre to campaign against the use of fossil fuels. And then promptly returned home to cook their Sunday roast on electric and gas ovens powered by fossil fuels. Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
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10:36am Mon 2 Jun 14

Oxonian says...

is there any point in campaigning against fossil fuels (or investment in them) before there are enough alternative sources of power available?
is there any point in campaigning against fossil fuels (or investment in them) before there are enough alternative sources of power available? Oxonian
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10:48am Mon 2 Jun 14

Quentin Walker says...

OM, poor reporting. How many protesters were there?

"...James Rainey, a 20-year-old biology student at Balliol College, below, is a member of Oxford University Student Union environment campaign.

He said: “It would make a massive statement if the university decided to divest its endowment in fossil fuels..."

Try studying a little economics, James...
OM, poor reporting. How many protesters were there? "...James Rainey, a 20-year-old biology student at Balliol College, below, is a member of Oxford University Student Union environment campaign. He said: “It would make a massive statement if the university decided to divest its endowment in fossil fuels..." Try studying a little economics, James... Quentin Walker
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12:18pm Mon 2 Jun 14

yabbadabbadoo256 says...

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe wrote:
PROTESTERS marched through Oxford city centre to campaign against the use of fossil fuels.

And then promptly returned home to cook their Sunday roast on electric and gas ovens powered by fossil fuels.
how many took the (diesel) bus in?

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[quote][p][bold]Sandy Wimpole-Smythe[/bold] wrote: PROTESTERS marched through Oxford city centre to campaign against the use of fossil fuels. And then promptly returned home to cook their Sunday roast on electric and gas ovens powered by fossil fuels.[/p][/quote]how many took the (diesel) bus in? pot kettle black yabbadabbadoo256
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