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Boost the petition for a Fossil Free Oxfordshire

Written by oxford on September 11, 2014 – 10:00 am -

It’s time for local authorities to take the lead in moving away from dependence on fossil fuels. Fossil Free Oxfordshire is calling on Oxfordshire County Council and Oxford City Council to stop spending public money on fossil fuels. The campaign asks them to do two things:

1. Immediately freeze any new investments in fossil fuels
2. Divest from direct ownership and any commingled funds that include fossil fuel public equities and corporate bonds within 5 years

Why? Because investing in fossil fuels is both economically and environmentally unsustainable. It’s bad for the future performance of their financial investments (which they’re making on our behalf, with our money) and more importantly, it’s bad for our future on this planet.

The petition calling on the councils is now very close to 400 signatures. Could you help to spread the word and make Fossil Free Oxfordshire look like a force to be reckoned with?

Sign the petition

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People’s Climate Mobilisation

Written by oxford on September 10, 2014 – 10:59 pm -

On Sunday 21st there will be a mass mobilisation to protect the earth’s climate. It’s happening all over the world to coincide with a global summit on climate change. In the UK, it’s organised by a huge coalition of different groups, including Avaaz, Fuel Poverty Action, Greenpeace UK and There will be a march from Temple Place to Parliament House.

We’ll probably be blogging more about this nearer the time!  (It’s on Facebook too.)

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Come to our September meeting

Written by oxford on September 7, 2014 – 8:48 pm -

We’ll be meeting at 7:30pm at Oxford Town Hall on Tuesday 9th September. There will be plenty on the agenda, including planning our autumn schedule of events. As ever, we’ll be in a wheelchair-accessible room and non-members are very welcome.

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Come to our July meeting

Written by oxford on June 19, 2014 – 10:00 am -

We’ll be meeting at Oxford Town Hall on Tuesday 8th July for our usual monthly meeting. Non-members are always welcome to join us, share ideas and learn a little more about Oxford WDM. We’re a friendly bunch – why not come along? 7:30pm-9pm.

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Fracking talk in Woodstock

Written by oxford on June 17, 2014 – 8:29 pm -

What will happen if fracking comes to Oxfordshire? Dr Douglas Parr, Chief Scientist for Greenpeace, will be giving a talk in Woodstock on this subject. Come to the Community Centre, New Road, Woodstock, for 7:30pm on Wednesday 2nd July.

This event is organised by Sustainable Woodstock (not by WDM). Free entry, all welcome.

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TTIP: national day of action

Written by oxford on June 17, 2014 – 8:24 pm -

Saturday 12th July will be a day of action against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP),We’re joining forces with lots of other groups – including trade unions, anti-poverty campaigners and environmental organisations – to raise awareness of the dangers posed by TTIP.

Confused about what TTIP is? At our July meeting, one of our group members will be giving a quick talk (less than 5 minutes) explaining why this rather dull-sounding treaty spells disaster for campaigners like us.

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Come to our June meeting

Written by oxford on May 22, 2014 – 9:39 pm -

We’ll be meeting up on June 10th, in Oxford Town Hall as usual. This will be a chance to plan our activities for the rest of the summer. Our new Chair will also be looking for ideas to make meetings more interesting, welcoming and productive! As ever, non-members are very welcome.

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Carving up Africa at Oxford Folk Festival

Written by oxford on April 28, 2014 – 9:19 pm -

Cake in the shape of Africa being cut upAfrica was up for grabs in Oxford WDM’s latest stunt. Our activists arrived at Oxford Folk Festival with an elaborate cake in the shape of the continent and invited passers-by to compete for a slice.

It was part of the usual Folk Festival fun and games, but with a serious message: Africa is being carved up by large corporations with the connivance of the UK government.  Initiatives such as the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition sound good on the surface, but the real aim behind them is to make Africa’s resources more accessible for corporate profit. The claim is that the New Alliance will reduce hunger in Africa, but corporations such as Diageo, Monsanto and Unilever are using it to make a grab for Africa’s land, labour and natural resources.

We don’t think it’s acceptable that our own government supports this corporate takeover of African food. So we were asking passers-by to sign postcards to the Secretary of State for International Development, calling on her to withdraw UK support from the New Alliance. If you missed us on Saturday, you can write to her via our website.

High-resolution photos of the day are available on request.

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Attac European summer university – are you interested?

Written by oxford on April 24, 2014 – 10:00 am -

The global activist network Attac organises a European “summer university” every two years where activists from different groups can meet for learning, debate and sharing knowledge. This year’s event is in Paris from Tuesday 19th August to Saturday 23rd August.

The Attac summer university is mainly aimed at volunteer activists rather than professional campaigners, and WDM is prepared to cover some of the costs of regular members attending. Head office are currently trying to gauge levels of interest in this.  If you are interested in going, please email or phone 020 7820 4900.

WDM director Nick Dearden has been invited as a speaker for the event and there may be workshops from WDM staff.

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Launch of WDM food campaign

Written by oxford on April 22, 2014 – 12:00 pm -

The official launch of the WDM food campaign will take place on Wednesday 30th April at Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1r 4RL. The guest speaker will be Janet Maro of Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania, who will speak about sustainable farming methods and resistance to the corporate takeover of agriculture.

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