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Monthly blog archive July, 2013
Memory Before Oil: A Niger Delta Village In the 1960s

Memory Before Oil: A Niger Delta Village In the 1960s

The picture above captioned as A Niger Delta Village In the 1960s (Before Oil) has sparked much discussion on online forums in Nigeria. While there have been debates about its veracity, what is interesting is the way that it provides a catalyst for people’s memories about the region before oil. Here is one comment that...
An obituary of performance artist Monica Ross

An obituary of performance artist Monica Ross

Artist Conrad Atkinson writes about the life of performance artist Monica Ross. My friend the performance artist Monica Ross died on the 14 June 2013; the very day on which her performance Anniversary—an act of memory reached its 60th and concluding Act at the 23rd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva,...
No Dash For Gas wisely avoid dialogue with EDF and Will Hutton

No Dash For Gas wisely avoid dialogue with EDF and Will Hutton

Everyone’s favourite chimney ninjas No Dash For Gas (NDFG) have revealed today that they’ve declined an offer from EDF Energy via Will Hutton to take part in a ‘Stakeholder Advisory Panel’ to help them figure out the problems of climate change and meeting energy demand. It’s a marked change of tactic considering that the energy...
Movement history: COP 6 climate justice mobilisation & the birth of Rising Tide

Movement history: COP 6 climate justice mobilisation & the birth of Rising Tide

It’s been a season of archiving action at Platform! We’re been sweatily rummaging about our storage unit, ferreting through 30 years-worth of materials as the lovely people from the Bishopsgate Institute library are going to be sifting through it all and making it more accessible as part of their collections on London history, labour and socialist...
And …Where Do You and I Fit In?- Reflections on Coordinating Shake!

And …Where Do You and I Fit In?- Reflections on Coordinating Shake!

Some 9 months since joining Platform, I wanted to offer some reflections on working on Shake!, which is  the project I co-ordinate and what I largely work on. This piece is extracted from my concluding remarks at our last Shake! Showcase , slightly paraphrased for the blog reader. Shake! is a project that brings together...
Reclaim the power: connecting the dots

Reclaim the power: connecting the dots

This August, we will be at Reclaim the Power camp at West Burton power station in Nottinghamshire, and we hope you will join us! Here are three reasons why: 1) More frontier gas means more repression and environmental injustice This January, David Cameron made the first official visit to Algeria post-independence. While arms sales are...
Putting Oil before People - Cameron in Kazakhstan

Putting Oil before People – Cameron in Kazakhstan

So David Cameron’s been cozying up to Kazakhstan’s autocratic president Nursultan Nazarbayev, talking up ‘a new relationship’ between Britain and Kazakhstan and claiming that trade between the two countries could total £85bn. Cameron did briefly mention a letter he received from Human Right’s Watch which detailed President Nazarbayev’s appalling record on democracy and human rights...
Calling students and HE staff - how fossil fueled is your university?

Calling students and HE staff – how fossil fueled is your university?

Last week we took part in a hugely inspiring meeting of more than 500 international climate activists at Global Power Shift in Istanbul, with people networking and learning the skills that they need to shift power away from fossil fuel companies and to communities working for justice-based solutions to the climate crisis. The meeting was...