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BBC News – Oxford University to rule on coal investments

By Roger Harrabin, BBC environment analyst

There has been a global divestment movement
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The University of Oxford will decide whether to pull out of its investments in coal and oil sands later.

Students have been campaigning on the issue for over a year because scientists say burning the world’s coal will result in reckless risks to the climate.

It is part of a global movement for public organisations to divest from fossil fuels.

Glasgow University has done so, along with other organisations worldwide.

They include Stanford University, the British Medical Association, the World Council of Churches and the Rockefeller Brothers.

This month, members of the London Assembly urged the Mayor Boris Johnson to withdraw investments in coal, oil and gas.

“This decision could make climate history” Miriam Chapman, Oxford University student campaigner

It is said to be the fastest-growing divestment movement the world has seen as the public becomes increasingly aware that firms have discovered three times more fossil fuel than can be safely burned without excessive risk to the climate.

Oxford is the second richest university in the UK after Cambridge. Its endowment was worth around £3.8bn.

Over the last five years the university has partially divested from arms manufacturing companies.

Two years ago the university accepted funds from Shell for a new Earth Sciences laboratory.

…(read more).

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Kumi Naidoo | Prisoners of Conscience for the World: Greenpeace, “Black Ice” and the Struggle to Save the Earth | EV & N – #179 | CCTV

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Greenpeace Arctic 30 Chronicle to Nov 2013


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Published on Jul 21, 2014

A compilation chronicling the Greenpeace campaign that led to the arrest and detention of the “Arctic 30” that includes footage of the action, their imprisonment, a Bill Moyers interview with Kumi Naidoo, Greenpeace International Director, and a talk about climate change by Carl Sagan.

On September 19, 2013, a Russian gunship fired warning shots to stop the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise while she was in international waters of the Arctic Ocean. Commandos with automatic weapons dropped onto the deck of the Arctic Sunrise from helicopters and rounded up the crew at gunpoint.

Earlier, Greenpeace sent activists on inflatable boats from the ship Arctic Sunrise to scale up the side of a newly constructed deep-water oil rig (the first of its kind in the Arctic Ocean) owned by a Russian oil company. Greenpeace went there to personally witness the operation, to document it, and to hang a banner opposing oil extraction in the Arctic Ocean. Russian commandos on inflatable boats roughly apprehended the demonstrators at gunpoint.

The Arctic Sunrise was seized and towed to a Russian port city where all on board were imprisoned and charged with piracy. They were held in the Russian prison system for two months before amnesty was granted.

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Kumi Naidoo on the Urgency of Climate Action

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The charismatic executive director of Greenpeace International, Kumi Naidoo, joins Bill to discuss the politics of global warming and the urgency of environmental activism. Activists “are putting their lives on the line on a regular basis,” he tells Bill. “What is at stake is humanity’s ability to live in coexistence with nature for centuries to come.”

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Pirate Television: The Future of Food with Vandana Shiva


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Published on Jan 27, 2014

Vandana Shiva is a physicist, environmental activist and eco-feminist. She is the best selling author of more than 20 books and winner of the Right Livelihood Award and Sydney Peace Prize.

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Black Ice

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Published on Sep 2, 2014
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When a Greenpeace ship set sail to protest the first oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean, no-one on board could have known what was coming. Seized at gunpoint and detained as pirates, the fate of the ‘Arctic 30’ sparked a bitter international dispute.

“I ran out on deck, and from that moment I was in the middle of a James Bond movie.” Dima Litvinov, a campaigner aboard the Arctic Sunrise, describes the moment Russian paratroopers were helidropped onto the bow of the ship.

As the sheet ice melts around the northernmost region of the world, oil companies see an opportunity to explore the rich deposits that lie beneath. “What we’re seeing is certain Western firms believing they can get into the Arctic, through lower safety standards, by partnering with Russian ones”, explains the Director of Greenpeace International. Fearing a new oil rush, activists from the organisation were in the area to demonstrate at an offshore platform. The Russian authorities, however, had other ideas.

“Welcome to your new home.” One crew member recalls the greeting he received upon entering Murmansk prison. “You’ll be spending quite a long time here.” Their imprisonment ironically afforded them a platform higher than any found in the Arctic Ocean.

Prirazlomnaya, the platform operated by Russian energy giant Gazprom, is now fully operational, but as the captain of the Arctic Sunrise puts it: “giving up is not an option”. “The Arctic is this baby they’re raising – just like space was for the Soviet Union.” Complete with never-before-seen footage of the controversial events, ‘Black Ice’ brings you a candid first-hand account of the most ruthless response from a national government against an NGO in a quarter of a century.

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Behind the scenes of Greenpeace’s Gazprom protest


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Published on Sep 18, 2012

In August, six Greenpeace campaigners boarded a Russian offshore platform in protest against plans to drill for oil in the Arctic. This film shows how Greenpeace planned and executed the protest at Gazprom’s Prirazlomnoye oil platform.

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Russian coastguard threatens Greenpeace with force


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Published on Aug 26, 2013

Russian authorities board the Arctic Sunrise in the Kara Sea and threaten to shoot at the Greenpeace ship.
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Greenpeace action at Gazprom oil platform, shots are fired


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Published on Sep 25, 2013

Amazing action at the Gazprom oil platform where, for the first time in history, shots were fired at the Greenpeace activists. You can see the bullets entering the water just beside one of the RIBs.

Greenpeace is protesting at Shell and Gazprom oil rigs because both companies have proven to be unable to drill safely for oil in the pristine Arctic. Especially Gazprom has a very bad environmental record. We only have to wait for a spill which they cannot clean up and has the potential to destroy large parts of the “refrigirator of our planet”.

Although this drilling does provide jobs (honestly paid?) it will merely benefit the rich (senior management & shareholders). Greenpeace has proven [Energy (R)evolution] that changing our current addiction to burning fossil fuels into a move for clean energy will provide more and cleaner jobs than this old (and finite) energy industry will ever be able to do.

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Greenpeace boat flipped by Gazprom


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Published on Aug 28, 2012

Greenpeace International activists continued their peaceful protest against Gazprom’s Arctic drilling platform Prirazlomnaya into a fifth day.

Two activists from Finland and Germany attached their inflatable to mooring lines linking the Anna Akhmatova and Prirazlomnaya, but the Anna Akhmatova proceeded with the boarding anyway, winching the Greenpeace boat into the air and throwing the activists into the frigid waters below.

The Greenpeace ship, the Arctic Sunrise, now plans to sail to the ice edge with a team of scientists to document the moment when the summer sea ice minimum is reached and bear witness to this disappearing world.

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