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Come to our AGM!

Written by oxford on May 12, 2015 – 12:49 pm -

Global Justice Oxford is holding its Annual General Meeting tonight. This is a chance to find out more about the group, get involved with our decision-making and perhaps get involved with our work. Several roles are up for re-election:

  • Chair
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Communications Officer

The people currently filling these roles are all standing down, so this is a great opportunity to get involved with the group and maybe add a new responsibility to your CV.

We’re meeting in the (wheelchair-accessible) Ploughman Room at Oxford Town Hall from 7:30pm.

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Cyclists’ views on the Plain roundabout redevelopment

Written by oxford on May 12, 2015 – 7:00 am -

Thursday 14th May 7.30pm
Venue:  St Michael’s at the Northgate

At this free open event, Yannick Cornet and Tim Schwannen from the University of Oxford Transport Studies Unit will share their findings on The Plain project as well as the message for cycling advocacy. Their research involved conducting a series of interviews with cyclists using the Plain.

There will be refreshments and all are welcome. This event is organised by Cyclox.

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Speak Up! Climate action day

Written by oxford on May 11, 2015 – 2:44 pm -

The things we love are threatened by climate change – but we can protect them by urging politicians to act. In June, come and meet your MP and tell them why fighting climate change matters to you.

What? A day of action on climate change. Thousands of us will come together from across the UK to celebrate all that we love, and meet our representatives to ask them to commit to strong action on climate change during this crucial year.

Where? Palace of Westminster, Central London.

When? Wednesday 17th June, 12pm-5:30pm.

More details to follow. This event is not organised by Global Justice Now.


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Job opportunity at COIN

Written by oxford on May 8, 2015 – 2:00 pm -

Oxford-based charity COIN (Climate Outreach Information Network) is seeking to recruit a Researcher. From their job ad:

Working closely with COIN’s Research Director, Dr. Adam Corner, the Researcher role is varied and stimulating, offering exciting opportunities to apply the rigour of academic research to the practical challenge of catalysing societal engagement with climate change. In joining our growing team, you’ll combine your desire to spread engagement with climate change, with a rigorous academic approach and a flair for great writing.

Salary: £25,704 plus 3.5% non-contributory pension after 6 months
Type of employment: Permanent
Hours: Full-time
Annual Leave: 30 days including bank holidays
Location: Oxford (some home working possible)

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Website for eco-hustings online

Written by oxford on April 25, 2015 – 2:00 pm -

A number of Oxford-based groups have joined together in organising environment-themed election hustings. Now there is a website recording candidates’ responses to the questions they’ve been asked. Most of the work organising the hustings has been done by Oxford Friends of the Earth. Other groups supporting the eco-hustings include Oxford Greenpeace, Fossil-Free Oxfordshire, Cyclox and of course Global Justice Oxford.

View the eco-hustings site

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Election hustings: Oxford East

Written by oxford on April 20, 2015 – 9:07 pm -

Various groups connected with sustainability have organised a hustings for the Oxford East parliamentary constituency. Parliamentary candidates standing for election in this constituency have been invited to answer questions from their potential constituents.

Read more on the Cyclox Facebook page

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Film screening: Shattered Ground, Wallingford

Written by oxford on April 20, 2015 – 8:56 pm -

Sustainable Wallingford is screening a Canadian documentary, Shattered Ground, about fracking and the effect it has already had in Canada and the USA – a timely warning as the UK government tries to introduce it over here. Tickets are £5. It’s happening at the Corn Exchange, 7:30pm.

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UK Green Film Festival: two screenings in Oxford

Written by oxford on April 15, 2015 – 9:03 pm -

The UK Green Film Festival is the UK’s annual environmental film festival. Taking place each year over a single week, up and down the country, the festival screens some of the very best films from around the world, exploring some of the big environmental issues of the day. Two films will be shown in Oxford as part of the festival, both at the Ultimate Picture Palace.

Good Things Await  (Sat 9th May) Documentary about a Danish farmer threatened by authorities who don’t like his biodynamic approach.

Bikes vs Cars (Sun 10th May) Documentary following individuals around the world fighting to challenge the dominance of the car.

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Global Justice Oxford relaunch event

Written by oxford on March 11, 2015 – 9:51 pm -

Nick Dearden speakingClimate change, capitalism and citizen power were just a few of the things discussed at last night’s Global Justice Oxford relaunch. Nick Dearden, director of Global Justice Now, travelled from London to help us celebrate.

Why the relaunch? We used to be known as WDM (World Development Movement) but in recent years it’s become clear that the meaning of the word “development” has changed to the point where it actually describes the kind of approach we’re fighting against.

So WDM polled members around the country, consulted all the local groups (like ours) which form such an important part of the organisation, then took a democratic decision to change the organisation’s name to Global Justice Now in January 2015. Local groups have renamed themselves on the same pattern and have been holding relaunch events up and down the country to celebrate the change.

It was cheering to see a healthy turnout for our event – surely they weren’t all motivated by the delicious cake on offer! – and so much engagement with the issues. We talked about corporate takeover of global resources, alternative models for energy generation, higher education, the Greek economy and more.

We showed three films to give some context about our campaigns. If you missed the event, you can watch the (short) fims on YouTube..

How our banks finance climate change (4mins)

The story we’re told is that there’s no money to fight climate change… but apparently there’s plenty of money spare for causing climate change?

Naomi Klein Says Climate Activists Need to Get Comfortable Attacking Capitalism (8 mins)

Interview with the author and activist, whose Oxford book launch sold out the Sheldonian Theatre last autumn.

IBEKA, micro hydro power in Indonesia

Energy doesn’t have to be corporate-owned, environmentally damaging and expensive. The IBEKA story presents a positive alternative to the “Big Energy” model.

A consistent theme in everything we talked about was the idea of challenging the narrative: not accepting the stories we’re told about how the world does and should work, but coming up with our own stories. One great example is the dreaded Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (better known as TTIP) which might have been accepted as a broadly positive trade deal if there hadn’t been such a well-orchestrated campaign against it. Global Justice Now has been working in collaboration with other organisations to expose the truth of TTIP at national and European level; meanwhile, at a local level, several of the campaigners from Global Justice Oxford have been working with Oxfordshire campaigners from other groups such as 38 Degrees.

We had to bring the fruitful discussion to an end when time ran out, but we hope to see some of the people who came last night at our next “regular” meeting on Tuesday 14th April.

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Come to our next meeting

Written by oxford on March 11, 2015 – 9:21 pm -

If you were inspired by our speaker meeting in March, perhaps you’d  like to come to a “regular” meeting of Global Justice Oxford. Newcomers are always welcome and it’s a chance to get to know us in a slightly more relaxed setting.

Where? Oxford Town Hall

When? Tuesday 14th April

Meetings are on the second Tuesday of the month and usually happen at Oxford Town Hall. We always do our best to book a wheelchair-accessible room.




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