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  • Date and time: Wednesday 15 February 2023, 5.45pm to 8.15pm
  • Location: In-person only
    BS/005 Bowland Auditorium, Berrick Saul Building, Campus West, University of York (Map)
  • Audience: Open to staff, students (postgraduate researchers only), the public
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details

Join the Climate Change Network for a screening of The Oil Machine, which explores our economic, historical and emotional entanglement with fossil fuels by looking at the conflicting imperatives around North Sea oil & gas. This invisible machine at the core of our economy and society now faces an uncertain future as activists and investors demand change. Is this the end of oil?

The film brings together a wide range of voices from oil company executives, economists, young activists, oil workers, pension fund managers, and considers how this machine can be tamed, dismantled or repurposed.

The film’s director Emma Davie said: “We are delighted that a screening is being hosted by the York Environmental Sustainability Institute's Climate Change Network and would encourage as many people as possible to get involved. Now more than ever it is vital we understand what is happening in the North Sea and the choices before us. Every part of our country, every sector of our community is affected by this and the participation of local voices is essential if we are to build public support for the ambitious changes that are needed.”

The screening will be followed by an informal discussion on why the end of oil is crucial to all of us and how we can build a resilient future.

“I believe that what we do over the next five years will determine the future of humanity for the next millennium.” Sir David King, UK Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor 2000–2007, in The Oil Machine.