Fossil Free UK Tour
“Inspiring, invigorating, and empowering. It’s so exciting to see hundreds of students and young people in the UK ready to take up Fossil Free’s call to action and bring the fight to the fossil fuel industry.” Theo, at London show
The Fossil Free UK tour engaged over 1600 people at shows in Edinburgh, Birmingham and London, as well 5000 more across 39 countries who tuned into a live stream of the final show in London.
The tour was a powerful and exciting launch to the Fossil Free campaign. We saw students at Birmingham personally hand over their demands to the university’s Director of finance, heard encouraging words from Edinburgh University’s Rector, and saw 800 people stand up in solidarity against the fossil fuel industry in London.
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During the week of the tour the number of campus-based Fossil Free campaigns doubled to 35, with many more calling on their churches and local authorities to drop fossil fuel investments.
A recording of the London show will be available here shortly. Contact us for more details.
What was the Fossil Free Tour?
People & Planet teamed up with 350.org and Operation Noah to bring acclaimed author and activist Bill McKibben and other exciting speakers to the UK to kickstart our Fossil Free UK divestment campaign this autumn. We put together a show about climate change unlike any talk you’ve ever been to.
The Fossil Free UK tour launched the fossil fuel divestment movement in universities, churches and communities across the Britain. Forget your typical climate speaker event – the Fossil Free tour combined inspiring speakers from across social movements, powerful videos and music from the ground-breaking artist Filastine
With stops in Edinburgh (30 October) and Birmingham (31 October), the Fossil Free UK tour culminated in London for the opening night of Shared Planet (1-3 November) - a weekend full of workshops, debates and action aimed at building the Fossil Free student divestment movement.
What was the tour about?
Bill McKibben’s Do The Maths show was a sell-out when he toured 20 US cities in 20 days last Autumn and then Australia and New Zealand this Spring. The inspiring 2-hour show lays bare the basic science and maths of climate change through a multi-media presentation and will leave you feeling informed and inspired to take action. Drawing inspiration from the anti-apartheid campaigns of the 1980s that brought together students, churches and other investors, this tour is all about kickstarting an exciting new fossil fuel divestment movement here in the UK.
British universities support the fossil fuel industry directly through their research, their endowment investments and their partnerships with some of the biggest fossil fuel companies in the world like BP and Shell. Find out more about how we’re making the Fossil Free campaign relevant and hard-hitting on UK universities.