To: BP (British Petroleum)
Get the oil industry out of our schools!
We have become aware of your "Trading Challenge Roadshow", touring the country running workshops on oil trading in Britain's secondary schools.
In causing climate change, you threaten the wellbeing and livelihoods of generations present and future - you even threaten the survival of entire nations and peoples. That you seek to subject young people that are faced with the threat of the full effects of climate change to your propaganda is repulsive and morally repugnant.
BP: leave Britain's schools alone.
Why is this important?
Over 30 000 pupils have taken part in their "Trading Challenge Workshop" in which students are split into teams of four and "introduced to the challenge of buying and selling oil on the 'International Markets'". This is full of blatant BP propaganda, misinformation and the obscuring of the full picture, as is obvious from the promotional video: http://www.netroadshow.com/custom/bp/bpflv3.asp?cf=090409b
One pupil reported being removed from their scheduled GCSE lessons for two hours and threatened with being punished for truancy if they refused to participate in this workshop.
In causing climate change, BP threatens the wellbeing and livelihoods of generations present and future. They threaten the survival of entire nations and peoples. That BP seeks to subject young people that are faced with the threat of the full effects of climate change to its propaganda is repulsive and morally repugnant.
BP, or any other fossil fuel companies, should not be allowed to enter schools. We invite students, teachers, parents, governors, entire schools, Local Education Authorities, the Department for Education and others to stand up in opposition to this dangerous propaganda and ensure that oil companies are not allowed in classrooms over which you have control.