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Climate change and poverty

Written by oxford on April 22, 2014 – 10:00 am -

The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) have brought out a video report about the links between extreme poverty and climate change. It draws a bleak conclusion: there can be no end to extreme poverty unless we act on climate change.

ODI video on poverty and climate change

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Life before Debt conference: photos and more

Written by oxford on April 17, 2014 – 10:00 am -

Photos and videos of the Life before Debt conference in March are now available online. There’s also a great blog post summarising the day on the Burning the Books site.

View videos of some of the conference sessions

Videos on the topic of Debt and Morality – when is it okay not to pay? featured four different speakers:

Andrew Ross on the morality of repayment

Njoki Njoroge Njehû on the morality of repayment

Rowan Williams on the morality of repayment

Sarah-Jayne Clifton on the morality of repayment

(This event was one of many we’ve listed on our Events & Meetings page over the past few years. This page is a list of upcoming events, not all organised by WDM but all of possible interest to Oxford WDM supporters. If you want to stay up to date with this kind of news, it’s worth bookmarking our Events & Meetings page  or just adding the whole site to your RSS reader.

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Africa is so tasty!

Written by oxford on April 16, 2014 – 8:39 pm -

Yum, Africa is so tasty! Executives from corporations such as Diageo and Monsanto and celebrated the corporate carve-up of Africa with a cake…or did they? OK, we admit it, those people in suits were actually WDM activists. We were trying to highlight the way that the UK government’s Department for International Development is using aid money to help multinational corporations get a piece of Africa. The two-minute video went viral and it’s worth watching if you haven’t already seen it!

Video: Corporations celebrate new scramble for Africa

More info on our Africa campaign at


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Oxford Village Fete (part of folk festival)

Written by oxford on April 9, 2014 – 10:00 am -

Gloucester Green will take on the atmosphere of a village fete in April, as part of the Oxford Folk Festival. On Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th April, various local groups will get together to run traditional-style games as well as doing a little (equally traditional) campaigning. The atmosphere should be fun and family-oriented. We’ll be there on the Saturday – why not come along and say hello?

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Launch of WDM food campaign

Written by oxford on April 8, 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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Come to our AGM – and maybe volunteer?

Written by oxford on April 8, 2014 – 10:00 am -

We’ll be getting together in May for our AGM (Annual General Meeting). We’re meeting at Oxford Town Hall as usual. The AGM is where we get through the necessary business of running a successful group such as signing off our accounts. It’s also time to elect committee posts for the coming year, so it’s a great chance to get involved with the group. Committee positions include:

  • Chair
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Oxspur editor
  • Communications Officer
  • Stall organiser

If you are interested in any of these roles, it would be great if you could let us know before the meeting.  Please get in touch by emailing

We are particularly keen to find a new Treasurer. You don’t need amazing maths or financial skills to take on the role, and if elected you will get support in learning how to do the job.

Note: all posts on the Oxford WDM committee are voluntary, unpaid roles. Your “payment” will be getting involved with an inspiring organisation, meeting cool people and learning new skills!

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Vote in the Biomess Awards

Written by oxford on April 3, 2014 – 10:00 am -

Biofuelwatch has organised the “Biomess Awards” to shine a spotlight on corporations making a profit out of exploiting natural resources. Who deserves the award most? Drax, Enviva or another corporation? Vote online!

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Tipping Point declaration seeks real action on climate change

Written by oxford on March 25, 2014 – 10:00 am -

A Yorkshire environmental group is trying to get MPs (and individuals) to sign up to a firm declaration on climate change. Kirklees Campaign Against Climate Change created the Tipping Point declaration, an 8-point summary of the current situation in regard to climate change. Key points include:

  • the overwhelming scientific evidence showing that climate change is a reality
  • the scientific near-consensus that climate change is caused by human activity
  • the huge costs of climate change, both in terms of money and loss of life
  • the fact that current measures are wholly inadequate to tackle the problem

Individuals can sign the petition by emailing with their name, house number and postcode. The group will then post a copy of the declaration to your local councillor and local MP on your behalf. The group is aiming to get as much support as possible from organisations and individuals before closing the petition on 11th April and releasing details of signatories to the media.

This petition is not organised by WDM. At our April meeting, Oxford WDM will be discussing whether or not to add our name as a group signatory to this petition.

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Life before debt: Jubilee Debt Campaign conference

Written by oxford on March 22, 2014 – 10:00 am -

The Jubilee Debt Campaign will be holding its annual conference on Saturday 29 March.

Speakers will include Rowan Williams, Ann Pettifor, David Graeber and campaigners from Kenya, Tunisia, and Egypt.

It will take place from 10am to 6:30pm at the School of African and Oriental  Studies, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG.

To register, or for further information, telephone 020 7324 4722 or go to:

This event is not organised by WDM.

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Moving Stories: migration and climate change, 2nd April

Written by oxford on March 20, 2014 – 7:42 pm -

We know that climate change increases migration, as parts of the world become difficult or impossible to inhabit. But we don’t often hear from the migrants themselves. The Climate Outreach and Information Network (COIN) presents an evening of stories from people who have been displaced from their homes as a result of climate change.

Moving Stories will take place at the Oxford Quaker Meeting House on St Giles. It’s free but places are limited so you will need to register in advance.

This event is not organised by WDM.

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