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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...

C Words: Disgust, Integrity, Solidarity

The text below is from a blog written in February 2010. It reflects on reactions to PLATFORM's 50-day live exhibition and season of over 70 events on art and activism at Arnolfini, Bristol, called "C Words: Carbon, Climate, Capital, Culture". This took place in October and November 2009, in the context of the run-up to...

The Treasury, UKFI and RBS – the Government’s biggest climate change failure

Evidence submitted by Green Alliance, People & Planet, Platform and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds to the parliamentary Environmental Audit Committee. This evidence outlines the extent to which RBS are continuing to provide finance for significant projects responsible for climate changing emissions, what UKFI is doing about this, what they would need...

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...

Remember Saro-Wiwa Newsletter: December 2009

Today, a court in the Hague will consider for the first time whether Royal Dutch Shell can be held liable for destroying the livelihoods of four villagers in the Niger Delta. View original. Among the plaintiffs is Chief Barizaa, an Ogoni elder, who spoke of how oil spills from a Shell pipeline devastated his land in 2005...

Remember Saro-Wiwa Newsletter: December 2009

View original. Today, a court in the Hague will consider for the first time whether Royal Dutch Shell can be held liable for destroying the livelihoods of four villagers in the Niger Delta. Among the plaintiffs is Chief Barizaa, an Ogoni elder, who spoke of how oil spills from a Shell pipeline devastated his land...
'Stopping the Bush Fire', Carbon footprint of Arnolfini's building

‘Stopping the Bush Fire’, Carbon footprint of Arnolfini’s building

This is audio from a guided tour of Bush House, the ex-warehouse which is owned by Arnolfini arts centre, Bristol. Stopping the Bush Fire examined Bush House's carbon footprint in every facet, from obvious areas like the source of its electricity, to its finance, and audience journeys. It was part of a day-long conference called "Embedded"...

Remember Saro-Wiwa Newsletter: October 2009

This November, we bring you a full selection of music, poetry, art and debate in London and Bristol. Please join us to celebrate the life of artist-activist Ken Saro-Wiwa and to mark 14 years since 10th November 1995, as the struggle for justice in the Niger Delta continues. View original. Upcoming Events NNEKA Live + support act...
Towards a Royal Bank of Sustainability: protecting taxpayers' interests; cutting carbon risk

Towards a Royal Bank of Sustainability: protecting taxpayers’ interests; cutting carbon risk

This report has been commissioned by People & Planet, World Development Movement, Platform, Friends of the Earth Scotland, and BankTrack to investigate whether and how the Government should align its recent investment in the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) with social and environmental objectives, in particular to combat climate change. Although many of its recommendations...