As students take to the streets to demand action on climate change, listen to activists and historians discuss solutions to environmental crisis at both global and local levels.

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This latest episode of the History Workshop Podcast was recorded at a session of History Acts in April 2018. History Acts is a forum encouraging the exchange of ideas and experiences between radical historians and contemporary activists. For more information about History Acts, please visit History Acts is supported by the Raphael Samuel History Centre.

In this podcast, you will hear from:

Ellen Gibson from uses online campaigns, grassroots organising and mass public actions to build a movement around climate change, with a network extending to 188 countries.

John Hunter from Divest London. Divest London is a citizens’ movement, pushing public authorities and other institutions across the capital to show leadership and divest from fossil fuels.

Chris Church and Barbara Brayshay from Our Places, Our Stories: Mapping and Celebrating 50 years of Local Green Action. This new project will record the remarkable places and projects where local people stepped up and took action, places where they said “No” to changes that threatened their environment or their community, or they wanted to create something new – a city farm, a cycle route or an energy project. There have been hundreds of local environmental campaigns and initiatives but there is little that records or celebrates what people did.

Simon Pirani is Senior Visiting Research Fellow on the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies Natural Gas Programme. He has published widely on the development of natural gas markets, and changing consumption patterns, in the former Soviet Union. He was editor of, and contributor to, the programme’s multi-author volumes The Russian Gas Matrix: How Markets are Driving Change (OUP, 2014) and Russian and CIS Gas Markets and their Impact on Europe (OUP, 2009). He is currently completing a book on the global history of fossil fuel consumption from 1950, to be published by Pluto in 2018.

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