Eco-Activism: Greenpeace, the Oil Industry and the Stuart Oil Shale Project in Australia

Published 01 Nov 2006
Reference 5339
Region Other Regions
Summary

The case uses data to expose that modern societies will remain highly dependent on oil for years to come. The Stuart oil shale project in Australia was based in such rationale but its (high) environmental impact caused strong opposition from Greenpeace and local stakeholders, culminating in its closure in 2004.

Teaching objectives

The case addresses: (1) Government policies for the supply of energy; (2) Strategic choices for oil companies (3) The process of building a successful eco-activist campaign (4) The global effects of local activities (climate change caused by the burning of Oil); and (5) Local impacts of global activities (bleaching in the barrier reef due to global warming).

Keywords
  • RD1106
  • AR2006
  • AR0607