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Monday, May 30, 2005

Scientists v Environmentalists


Mark Lynas is an environmental campaigner and journalist specialising in climate change and author of the acclaimed book High Tide: News from a Warming World.

Dr Myles Allen is head of the Climate Dynamics Group at the Oxford University Department of Physics and is a leading specialist in climate change modeling.

Both are passionate and highly entertaining speakers and a stimulating debate is guaranteed with full audience involvement.

7-9pm THE VAULTS, rear of the University Church of St Mary’s on Oxford High Street. Seating is limited, so early arrival is recommended. Organic food and light refreshments are available from 6.30.

Price £2 / £1 concessions on the door


This meeting is part of a series being organised by Oxford's Climate Outreach Information Network (COIN).

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Saturday, May 28, 2005

"Is what we know useful? And, if not what would be?"
Professor Stuart Pimm

Doris Duke Chair of Conservation Ecology, Duke University , USA and

Extraordinary Professor, University of Pretoria , South Africa

"Is what we know useful? And, if not what would be?"

Thursday 2nd June @ 4.30pm

Lecture Theatre A, Dept of Zoology

Human actions are now driving species to extinction hundreds to thousands of times faster than geological background rates. This large and irreversible process begs our asking what we can do to prevent future losses. The novelty of the problem means that there are many solutions; some involve science.

Professor Pimm will review case studies of animal conservation, including a sparrow and a panther from the Everglades of Florida, a suite of bird species in the Atlantic Coast forest of Brazil , and a congressman in Washington DC , to see if useful, general lessons can be deduced.

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Friday, May 20, 2005

Talk by Earthwatch scientists at R.G.S.
Thursday 23rd June, 7.00pm – 8.30pm.

Earthwatch Lecture at the Royal Geographical Society, I Kensington Gore, London.

South American Forest Birds – Ecotourism, Enterprise & Extinction.

Talks by Earthwatch scientists Dr. Dusti Becker & Dr. Donald Brightsmith

From the stunning bird biodiversity of Ecuador’s Loma Alta cloud forests to the beautiful and highly prized macaws in the Tambopata region of Peru - how best can local communities conserve their environmental heritage?

Admission is free but by ticket only.

Contact Earthwatch on (01865) 318856; events@earthwatch.org.uk;


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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Ciclonudista : nude cycle protest
Thanks to James at Cyclox for passing on the following press release:




Justice on the streets, this is what we claim with a strong conviction and in earnest, but cheerfully as well, having a good time. Cars impose their law and order on us: speed, high-handedness, fumes and violence. That is why when we move day by day on our bikes we transform our mobility into an everyday disobedience act. If, on top of that, we demonstrate naked on our bikes we turn disobedience into an exemplary protest.

The Cyclenudist Group Committee (Coordinadora de Colectivos Ciclonudistas, CCC) in Aragón (Spanish State) makes a call to organize Ciclonudista (Naked Bike) demonstrations in the cities all over the world, on Saturday June 11, 2005, with an aim to extend to your home town those already held in Zaragoza in last 4 years and in 30 cities all over the world on 2004.

We denounce that our streets have been kidnapped by privately used cars which collapse cities and degenerate these into a hostile and dangerous land. Cars kill and we are shocked at their impunity. If we question them, so many transnational war interests in petrol and car industry are at stake. We propose a model of a city where people get back their space, where moving needs are reduced and where there is a commitment to pedestrians (all of us are) and to less polluting and more effective means of transport.

Why cycling? The bicycle is a reliable, healthy, ecological and amusing means of transport. It is an icon, a symbol of freedom and a practical instrument to transform society. It does not pay taxes, does not waste oil, does neither cooperate with a destroying development nor with global war.

Why naked? Because we feel we are naked before the traffic owing to the drivers' lack of respect and the apathy of our rulers. Thus we make it visible that our bodywork is fragile. Moreover, we show our body naturally, not feeling ashamed, toppling taboos regarding our physical appearance which are imposed by fashion and the greediness of the textile transnational industry. To sum up, we face urban traffic with our naked body on our bikes as the best way of defending our dignity and of living the social struggle.

Visit our website: www.ciclonudista.net

Contact us for more information.: info@ciclonudista.net

Visit: www.worldnakedbikeride.org

Coordinadora de Colectivos Ciclonudistas de Aragón (CCC)

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Thursday, May 12, 2005

Lecture by Nigerian Finance Minister - Managing the Challenges of Reform in a Global Context
Global Economic Governance Progamme, Annual Lecture 2005: Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Friday 27 May 2005, 5pm
Department of Politics and International Relations, Manor Rd

This year's lecture will be given by Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the Nigerian Finance Minister and Chair of the World Bank Development Committee. Dr Okonjo-Iweala is one of only two female Finance Ministers in the world and controls the finances of a nation of over 130 million people in a country which is almost the size of Western Europe.

In her current post Dr Okonjo-Iweala has re-negotiated Nigeria's debt burden with the World Bank and implemented dramatic economic and social reforms which are already combating corruption, improving transparency, and turning the economy around. In the context of Britain's leadership of the G8 Group and the Commission for Africa's report, Dr.
Okonjo-Iweala's lecture is particularly timely and important.

If you will be attending, please RSVP either to geg@univ.ox.ac.uk or to reija.fanous@univ.ox.ac.uk

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Tuesday, March 22, 2005

This shared website aims to help publicise and co-ordinate the efforts of environment and development groups in Oxford.

Please get in touch, if you would like to post news, links or information about your work on this site and I will send you an online invitation.

This site will work best if it is a team effort, and has content which is regularly updated.

I will help to keep it moving, but your ideas and news are what will make the difference, and the idea sustainable.

Abusive, libellous or illegal posts will be deleted.

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COIN: 2005 Climate Change Speaker Series
Sally Salem from the Climate Outreach Information Network (COIN) has been in touch to let this site know about her organisation's 2005 Climate Change Speaker Series which will consist of an event a month from May to November.

At the time of writing three major speakers have agreed to speak during the series:

Professor Sir David King:
Sir David King is the former Master of Downing College and Head of the Chemistry Department at the University of Cambridge. Since becoming the Chief Scientific Adviser to the government in 2000 Sir David has become on the leading voices warning of the threats of climate change. The date for this talk is currently being negotiated with Sir David.

Charles Secrett:
Charles Secrett is the former Executive Director of Friends of the Earth and is the director of Active Citizens Transform, a organisation aiming to mobilise people to actively engage in the political process.

Joanna Macey:
Joanna Macey is an acclaimed social change theorist specialising in understanding and overcoming disempowerment in the face of environmental threats. She will speak on the topic "Facing Global Warming + Other Great Adventures” on May 8th.

The speaker series is an ambitious project to bring together some of the most challenging and best informed perspectives on climate change. Oxford is a major centre for climate change work through universities, consultants and non-governmental organisations. COIN intends to structure its events in ways to generate a strong debate.

The Climate Outreach Information Network is a newly formed charitable trust with the objective of providing information on the causes and impacts of climate change and the practical solutions that people can adopt in their own lives. You can find out more about us on their website www.COINet.org.uk.

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Sunday, March 13, 2005

Events advertised by Oxford Environment
The Environment Change Institute have advertised the following lectures on their Oxford Environment website.

Friday 18th March @ 4.00pm

Brood parasites and their host's parent-offspring communication systems

Dr Joah Madden (University of Cambridge)
Department of Zoology EGI Seminars,
Lecture Theatre C
Department of Zoology
University of Oxford


Wednesday 20th April @ 5pm

Geopolitics of environment

Alain Lipietz, (Les Verts MEP)
Main Lecture Theatre,
School of Geography and the Environment
Environmental futures lecture series


Wednesday 27th April @ 5pm
New practices of deliberation in environmental politics

Maarten Hajer (Amsterdam University)
Main Lecture Theatre, Gypsy Lane Campus, Oxford Brookes University
Environmental futures lecture series


Wednesday 27th April @ 7.00-8.30pm

Grey Whales & Orca – Feeding Habits & Health

Royal Geographical Society,
1 Kensington Gore, London
Earthwatch Lecture
Admission is free but by ticket only.
Contact Earthwatch on (01865) 318856;


28th April @ 6.30pm


Andy Rowell (Freelance Journalist)
SG03, Gypsy Lane Campus,
Oxford Brookes University
Contemporary Ideology Forum: Brainwashing seminar series


Wednesday 4th May @ 5pm

Politicising the environment in practice

Caroline Lucas, Green Party MEP

Main Lecture Theatre, School of Geography and the Environment
Environmental futures lecture series


Wednesday 11th May @ 5pm

What environmental futures do we want?

George Monbiot, Journalist and campaigner

Lloyd Lecture Theatre, Gypsy Lane Campus,
Oxford Brookes University Environmental futures lecture series

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