Oxford’s Social Licence for Shell

15 May

Two days before the CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere reached the crucial 400 parts per million benchmark, Oxford University opened a new geoscience laboratory named after its sponsor, Shell. This laboratory is also meant to reserach new sources of fossil fuel. Through such relationships universitites provide fossil fuel companies with both expertise and the social licence to operate.

What our society needs is more relationships between universities and sustainable technologies; not those relics of our dirty past, the fossil fuel companies. For an analytical discussion of the responsibility of univeristies, scolars and the role of students in this, check out this great article in the Guardian.

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