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Activists infiltrated an attempt by BP to woo Oxford graduates at a top-notch hotel on October 14th. One interrupted the cheesy BP PR man’s presentation as he claimed that he ‘loved the countryside’ – while putting the gloss on oil and gas exploration, extraction and financing – to ask, why then, has BP spent more on its green sunflower rebranding than on its annual renewable energy budget?

Activists infiltrated an attempt by BP to woo Oxford graduates at a top-notch hotel on October 14th. One interrupted the cheesy BP PR man’s presentation as he claimed that he ‘loved the countryside’ - while putting the gloss on oil and gas exploration, extraction and financing - to ask, why then, has BP spent more on its green sunflower rebranding than on its annual renewable energy budget?

Activists infiltrated an attempt by BP to woo Oxford graduates at a top-notch hotel on October 14th. One interrupted the cheesy BP PR man’s presentation as he claimed that he ‘loved the countryside’ – while putting the gloss on oil and gas exploration, extraction and financing – to ask, why then, has BP spent more on its green sunflower rebranding than on its annual renewable energy budget?

Activists then gave their own presentation of BP’s activities around the world, why major oil companies are counter-productive to climate change solutions, and why any tempted graduates should reconsider their career options. A member of Colombia Solidarity Campaign gave a first hand account of BP’s complicity in environmental destruction, subverting peaceful social movements and funding death squads. A moment of stunned silence was followed by applause as the re-educated audience abandoned the shinding.

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Activistas infiltraron una tentativa de BP para persuadir egresados de la Universidad de Oxford, Inglaterra (donde estudio el Presidente Uribe) en un hotel de primera clase el 14 de octubre. Un asistente interrumpió la presentación trivial del delegado de la BP, quien manifestaba su “amor por el campo”’ – mientras que al mismo tiempo resaltaba los beneficios de la explotación petrolera – preguntando entonces por que BP ha invertido mas dinero en su nuevo logo representado por un girasol verde, que en el presupuesto anual invertido en energía renovable?

Después los activistas dieron su propia presentación sobre las actividades de BP alrededor del mundo, mostrando por qué las compañías petroleras importantes son contraproducentes para las soluciones del cambio climático, y por qué cualquier graduado tentado debe reconsiderar sus opciones en su carrera profesional. Un miembro de la Campaña de Solidaridad por Colombia dio información de primera mano sobre la complicidad de BP en la destrucción ambiental, y como además ha amenazando movimientos sociales pacíficos y ha financiando las escuadrillas de la muerte. Un momento de sorpresivo silencio fue seguido por el aplauso mientras que las audiencias reeducadas abandonaron el evento.

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