Guardian: “Jeremy Leggett among 100 signatories to letter opposing oil firm’s likely influence over university’s climate change studies.” “The veteran environmental campaigners Jonathon Porritt and Jeremy Leggett are among 100 past and present students and staff who are accusing Oxford University of hypocrisy for accepting funding from
1. I want to do something meaningful about climate change.
That’s why I founded and am chairman of Solarcentury, a solar company that designs and installs products for the built environment, in 1999. The purpose of the company is to make as big a difference as we can in combating climate change. Solar is not a magic bullet in cutting carbon emissions – there are none. But it is a vital member of the survival family of technologies and tactics.
2. I want to make a contribution to development.
That’s why I founded and am chairman of SolarAid, a charity financed with 5% of Solarcentury’s profits, in 2006. The purpose of the organisation is to speed the dissemination of solar lighting around Africa. In doing this we replace kerosene lanterns, and promote education – and all the social goods that result from that.
3. I want to help blow the whistle on oil dependency.
That’s why I convened the UK Industry Taskforce on Peak Oil and Energy Security (ITPOES), a pan-industry group that studies and warns about a premature drop in global oil supply and the economic threat that poses.
4. I want to help reform our dysfunctional financial instutions.
That’s why I am chairman of Carbon Tracker, a think tank that aims to warn all sectors of the financial chain that fossil-fuel reserves are being accounted on capital markets as assets with zero risk of impairment.
5. I want to help show how clean energy can lead to economic and social renaissance.
That’s why I am a member of the Green New Deal group, a team of green economists and thinkers who advocate, in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, the Keynesian financing of a green industrial revolution as a route to new jobs and economic recovery.