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Matt Hern
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Am Johal

Global Warming and The Sweetness Of Life: A Tar Sands Tale

Matt Hern and Am Johal

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

12:00pm

1 hour

Oxford Martin School: Lecture Theatre

£7 - £12.50

Writers, activists and academics Matt Hern and Am Johal describe the ecological horrors they encountered at the tar sands of northern Alberta and argue that confronting global warming requires a new way of being in the world.

Hern and Johal made a series of road trips to the tar sands of Alberta, one of the world’s largest industrial sites, where oil is extracted from vast reserves. They talked to people whose lives depended on the extraction and to people whose lives were imperilled by it. They argue for a new type of politics they say is based on an ‘understanding of the sweetness of life’.

Hern is a writer and activist who has founded a number of community initiatives and projects. He teaches at many universities and is also author of What a City Is For: Remaking the Politics of Displacement. Johal is director of Simon Fraser University’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement and author of Ecological Metapolitics: Badiou and the Anthropocene.

Presented by MIT Press.

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BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford FT Weekend Title partner New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Jesus College Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 10th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College The Feathers Hotel Macdonald Bear Hotel Critchleys The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Felicity Bryan Associates Oxford University Press Conference Oxford University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Eynsham Hall Sloane Club British Humanist Association The Story Museum Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Steer Oxford Botanic Garden