Oxford Greenspeaker – Steve Ball
Steve is a Greenspeaker based in Oxford and he is happy to deliver Greenpeace presentations in Oxford and the surrounding area. If you would like to contact Steve, to request he speaks at an upcoming event, then please complete the form below.
I was a Greenpeace supporter back in my university days but never active; I only sent off a direct debit and marvelled at the exploits of those heroes on ropes and in speedboats. I had always had a concern for environmental issues but it was a new job as a school science technician in Thailand that really allowed me to study climate change over several years.
There, I developed a scheme that had pupils competing to find the most effective methods for lowering the school’s electricity usage, and created the ‘School Climate Crisis’ CD – which became a widely used teaching resource. I also trained sixth form students to stand up and speak about climate change whilst teaching it to some of the smaller children myself. I spoke to the entire staff body at before-term inset to get their support for the energy saving campaign and that was a thing of terror; to present a complex science, that most people at the time disbelieved, to new teachers, who may have thought I was some ranting loon, and to the old core, at least a third of whom were strongly climate sceptic and so were sure that I was.
Since those happy times, now back in Britain, I have become more active with Greenpeace. Sitting, arrested, with 30 other activists on cobblestones in Brussels allowed for six merry hours of ardent climate discussion (actually after 10 minutes it was more: food, Belgian beer and when do you suppose they’ll get us out of the sun?) All the above brought me to one basic idea; no one will fight climate change until they understand why they must.
That’s why I’d be delighted to come and explain and debate the subject with your organisation, group or school.