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Oil money is dirty money.

That is a FACT

What happened?

In 2022, The University of Exeter announced a research partnership with Shell focused on carbon sequestration. This is a technology that is provably ineffective at reducing carbon emissions and is a distraction from the real solution - reducing our reliance on fossil fuels. This partnership is a betrayal of the university's message of sustainability and environmental responsibility. It is also a betrayal of the students and staff who have a right to expect their university to uphold its values. One cannot pretend to be eco-friendly while partnering with Shell, one of the most environmentally destructive companies in the world.

Fossil fuel companies don't care about the climate and they never will

Now is the time to demand that the university takes meaningful action to address the pressing issue of climate change. We must make it clear that we will not tolerate institutions that claim to be eco-friendly while partnering with those who are most responsible for environmental degradation. The future of our planet depends on it.

Image: Aftermath of Shell oil spill. Hover over the image to learn more.

Image: Eric Dooh near Goi, Nigeria, showing his hand covered in oil spilled into a nearby creek. Taken by Marten van Dijl/EPA

Excerpt from The Guardian:

“We were eating, drinking, breathing the oil,” Dooh said. By 2010, six years after the initial leak, Goi was still too polluted to sustain its residents. The Nigerian government ordered them to abandon their homes and permanently evacuate Goi. By then, most of the villagers, including the Dooh family, had already moved away, scattered across nearby towns.

Shell would later argue in court that locals brought the disaster upon themselves

Article: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2022/jun/01/oil-pollution-spill-nigeria-shell-lawsuit

Here's the thing:

The university CANNOT paint itself as a leader against climate change whilst happily taking money from fossil fuel companies.

That is an inherent conflict of interest, and we hope to put a stop to it.

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Relevant Articles:

Nigeria: Shell must clean up devastating oil spills in the Niger Delta

Shell must clean up devastating oil spills in the Niger Delta, Amnesty International says, as the oil giant goes on trial for the first time in the UK over its role in a 2011 oil spill.

Amnesty International, February 2023


Shell reports highest profits in 115 years

Oil and gas giant Shell has reported record annual profits after energy prices surged last year following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

BBC News, February 2023

Shell faces groundbreaking complaint for misleading US authorities and investors about its energy transition efforts

New Global Witness complaint submitted to the US financial regulator accuses Shell of lumping together some of its gas-related investments with its spending on renewables to inflate its overall investment in renewable sources of energy.

Global Witness, February 2023

University of Exeter: it’s time to break up with Shell

This decision was made without consulting some of the University of Exeter’s key stakeholders including climate scientists.

University of Exeter Student's Guild, January 2023

UK University Deal with Oil Giant Leads to Student Anger

Exeter University announces new, five-year funding arrangement with Shell, as students urge campuses to divest from fossil fuel interests.

Byline Times, December 2022

Fossil Fuel Villain of the Year: Shell CEO Ben van Beurden

Natural gas causes methane emissions. Ben can’t handle hearing that, apparently.

The New Republic, December 2022

Student climate activists are occupying an Exeter University lecture theatre

They are protesting against Exeter and Falmouth’s ties to fossil fuel companies

The Exeter Tab, November 2022

Does Exeter love oil? – why students oppose the University of Exeter’s interest in the fossil fuel industry

Tension has been building recently between students on Penryn Campus and the University of Exeter over its continued relationship with fossil fuel companies during the careers fair season.

The Falmouth Anchor, October 2022

Shell Out Exeter

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