1 Mar 2007
New Stirrings & Targets for Activism – Steve Kretzmann.
One of the best presentations at last weekend’s **International Forum on Globalization** in London (of which more soon) was called “New Stirrings & Targets for Activism” and was by Steve Kretzmann, Executive Director of Oil Change International. He has very kindly given me permission to share it with you here…
“Times have changed dramatically and permanently. As we heard yesterday, the best science now tells us that we have only ten years left to peak global emissions if we’re going to stay below 2 degrees C. Ten years. Campaigners working on energy are at a moment where we face a fork in the road. Although the need for upstream campaigns has never been more pressing, the powerful levers for action are newly downstream related to public concern over energy security and global warming.
On the upstream side there is a massive global increase in fossil fuel extraction underway. According to an article in the Financial Times last week:
>All the world’s extra oil supply is likely to come from expensive and environmentally damaging unconventional sources within 15 years…It becomes unclear beyond 2020 that conventional oil will be able to meet any of the demand growth,