People are resisting the repression, poverty and pollution caused by London-based oil & gas corporations on every continent. Platform’s Community Support project provides responsive support to these frontline groups challenging oil extraction and transportation. We work with indigenous communities, oil workers, social movements and fenceline communities that are affected by British oil companies including BP, Shell, BG, Tullow and Perenco. Impacts caused by these companies include oil spills, militarised attacks on communities, undermined democracy and distorted economies.
Platform aims to share its knowledge and skills as a centre of expertise on oil. We believe that increased mutual aid and solidarity enhances the effectiveness of existing movements challenging oil corporations. The practical support we provide includes research, media, campaigning, analysis and training, depending on the request and local needs. Work has included providing economic and legal analyses of oil contracts; revealing the human rights, environmental and economic impacts; examining environmental mitigation plans and license bids; identifying lobby support provided by the British government; translating relevant documents; feeding local demands back to London & Brussels-based institutions that support oil companies; raising concerns within British media; running training & information sessions; supporting increased co-ordination between affected communities.
For half the year, Platform’s Community Support Campaigner Mika Minio-Paluello is based in the Global South, living and working with groups directly confronted with and struggling against fossil fuels. They are currently based in Cairo, as we have a particular focus on North Africa, the Middle East and the Mediterranean. In the past, Platform has supported campaigns from New Zealand to Ireland, Kazakhstan to Guatemala, with several reports published on Uganda and Congo DRC.