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Monthly blog archive October, 2009

From Coal to Oil – Fossil Fuel Focus

Next week C Words will train a spotlight on Tar Sands, described as ‘The most destructive industrial project on earth’. Join us at Arnolfini this Sunday, 25th October 2009 from 19:00 for a special preview screening on the brand new film H2Oil. I arrived at Arnolfini late on Wednesday morning, at the start of a...
C Words: "Not the usual"....

C Words: “Not the usual”….

What is PLATFORM doing in Arnolfini's programme? And why did Arnolfini invite PLATFORM? Over and over again during C Words, I'm hearing a combination of the words: "not the usual". It might be me, Jane from PLATFORM, saying "this is not the way we usually…", "not the place we usually…", "not the audiences we usually…"...

NNEKA: Live in London

4th November 2009, University of London Union: MOBO award winning artist-activist NNEKA will play London’s ULU on 4th November, and when NNEKA sings, the outrage of the Niger Delta collides with hip-hop, Afrobeat and soul. The result is an outstanding performance that has made her music a huge success. Her songs call for justice with...

NNEKA triumphs at MOBO awards

Can you feel My heart is beating? Many times she sang those words, wrapping up the pain and endurance of Niger Deltans, for years she shook the wall of indifference around her, and finally, we were moved. On 1st October, NNEKA was awarded this years’ MOBO (Music of Black Origin) prize for best African Artist....

Presenting messages

There’s something on my mind that I want to talk about. How do you, as an activist, an artist or a campaigner, decide to present your ideas? And if you have a particular message – a cause – you want to highlight, how do you get it noticed, and inspire people to action? I saw...

“Worst kept secret? Tullow Oil’s contract” in Uganda

Great article by Taimour Lay in Uganda’s Independent: The full release of Uganda’s Production Sharing Agreements (PSAs) with Tullow Oil and Heritage Oil & Gas is the fundamental first step towards forging a democratic and socially responsible extraction of oil in the Albertine rift. Instead, Ugandans are being subjected to a disinformation campaign coordinated by...

The Great Climate Swoop comes to Nottingham

17-18 OCTOBER 2009, RATCLIFFE-ON-SOAR Climate Camp is back – next weekend, hundreds of people will descend on E.ON’s coal power station near Nottingham and occupy it for the weekend.   Fences 2.0 from the very co-operative on Vimeo. Great Climate Swoop: “Don’t be confused – 2009 is just another year of climate talks, in which governments and corporations will...

Battle over Kingsnorth coal plant won

Energy utility E.ON have announced they’re putting on hold plans for a new coal power station at Kingsnorth on the Hoo Peninsula in Kent, England. Seems they’re freezing construction plans for at least 3 years. This comes after intense direct action targetting E.ON’s headquarters & power plants, including the Camp for Climate Action in August 2008. Copyright Mike...