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Oil City begins

Oil City begins

Oil City’s first performances took place today, the start of its two week run. We don’t want to give too much away about this new work by Platform, but let’s just say this spy thriller is bringing out the spook in us all! Part of Artsadmin’s Two Degrees festival, Oil City is a piece of...
The true story behind Channel 4's 'Secret State' - RBS's dirty deals

The true story behind Channel 4’s ‘Secret State’ – RBS’s dirty deals

Sometimes Platform is really late off the mark, but luckily a friend in Liverpool gave us a nudge.  Thanks Lena. WARNING – this blog post contains spoilers. Channel 4’s recent 4-part political thriller ‘Secret State’ has an oil and finance storyline, elements of which uncannily mirror some of Platform’s current and recent campaigns. The plot...
The Oil Road - Journeys from the Caspian Sea to the City of London

The Oil Road – Journeys from the Caspian Sea to the City of London

The new Paperback edition has a brand new Afterword… “★★★★★…The Oil Road opens the lid on the often-shady energy economy, weaving absorbing travel reportage into powerful investigative journalism…. If you want to know why oil matters, read this book.” – Time Out (book of the week) “An elegantly written travel book…will make you think the next...
The Oil Road @ Marxism - 7pm Saturday 7th July

The Oil Road @ Marxism – 7pm Saturday 7th July

Book Preview @ Marxism: "The Oil Road: Journeys from the Caspian to the City of London" Saturday 7 July 2012, 7-8:30pm • Venue: University College London (Archeology Lecture Theatre) James Marriott & Mika Minio-Paluello Saturday's Programme at Marxism
Care about the climate? Move Your Money out of RBS/Natwest

Care about the climate? Move Your Money out of RBS/Natwest

Pinch and a punch, first day of the Move Your Money month! All over the country, people are cutting up their cash cards from the main big banks and shifting their cash to ethical banks, credit unions and building societies, as part of Move Your Money’s sustained campaign to get people to stop providing banks...

Fossil Fuel Finance

Finance, both as equity – shares in companies – and debt – loans to companies or specfic projects – is a fundamental part of the Carbon Web of institutions that support the international fossil fuel industry.  A shift away from fossil fuels will require a redirection of the flows of capital. The extraction of oil,...
Dirty Money – Corporate greenwash and RBS coal finance

Dirty Money – Corporate greenwash and RBS coal finance

All over the world, diverse groups from community activists to schoolchildren, small businesses to faith-based networks, are starting to take action on climate change. Big business is following suit, but often with tactics that bring their integrity into question. Climate change is being used as to create a new kind of brand identity, without any...

Follow the Money

  Follow the Money – RBS article in Foto8 Magazine   (This article first appeared in the current, oil-themed issue of Foto8 magazine – http://www.foto8.com/new/in-print/8-magazine ) Despite the fact that there is not a single drop of crude to be found underneath the streets of London, the city acts as one the international capitals of the oil...

Transforming RBS into “Green Investment Bank” could create 50,000 green jobs

Transforming the Royal Bank of Scotland into the Green Investment Bank would kick start the green energy revolution.  The research, by former PricewaterhouseCoopers consultant, James Leaton, finds that it would bring 50, 000 new green jobs a year, increase efficiency, reduce the UK’s carbon emissions and improve international competitiveness – whilst not increasing the budget...
A Bank for the Future: Maximising public investment in a low-carbon economy

A Bank for the Future: Maximising public investment in a low-carbon economy

The recent financial crisis cost the UK £129 billion in annual GDP and increased the structural deficit by £93 billion. The initial budget cuts announced by the coalition government demonstrate the pain this is causing to public services. The UK can't afford another meltdown, yet short term, high risk, carbon intensive investments are still business...

Should RBS get credit for going green?

CLIMATE change protesters are threatening direct action protests against the Royal Bank of Scotland over dealings with the oil industry. They say the bank invests more in the fossil fuel industry than any other in the UK and claim this is damaging the planet. The Government-owned bank, however, prides itself on its environmental record. The...

Royal Bank of Sustainability?

At the end of 2008, UK taxpayers became majority owners of the Royal Bank of Scotland, one of Britain’s largest banks. So, since we’ve paid for it, shouldn’t we have some say in how it is run? Kevin Smith, from the campaigning organisation Platform, puts the case – http://www.redpepper.org.uk/Royal-Bank-of-Sustainability/.   In the year since it was...