Art in the face of climate change - Deller, detachment and William Morris

Art in the face of climate change – Deller, detachment and William Morris

Recently I gave a short talk followed by a lengthy discussion in a ‘Green Drinks’ forum organised by Artsadmin at Toynbee Studios in Whitechapel, London. The audience was comprised mainly of people in the arts engaged with ecology, and people in the ecological movement engaged with the arts. The text of the talk ran as...
Stolen dreams and the small people - BP, Russia & Deepwater Horizon

Stolen dreams and the small people – BP, Russia & Deepwater Horizon

I’d wanted to to attend the BP AGM, but confined to my sick bed I had to make do with following it online. Watching the company webcast, reading the transcripts of the speeches and, most vitally, following the brilliant live-tweets of my colleagues Louise Rouse of ShareAction and Charlie Kronick of Greenpeace UK. In part...
Gas grabs and 5 questions to power at the Caspian Corridor Conference

Gas grabs and 5 questions to power at the Caspian Corridor Conference

The Euro Caspian Mega Pipeline is a massive infrastructure system designed to suck gas out of the Caspian into Western Europe. Construction of the pipeline involves politics and finance as much as it does concrete building materials,  and the conference I’m about to go to is one in a series of events attempting to make...
Hands down White boy! Privilege and oil spills in New Orleans

Hands down White boy! Privilege and oil spills in New Orleans

“I came to realise that I needed “Hey-White-Boy-don’t-keep-putting-your-hand-up-training”. Yotam Marom, who came to the attention of the US media in 2011 through his role in the early days of Occupy Wall Street, is explaining his views on how to be a ‘leader’ in a ‘leaderless organisation’. He’s a young White man from Hoboken, New Jersey....
Pollutants and Petcoke: Environmental struggles and the Great Lakes

Pollutants and Petcoke: Environmental struggles and the Great Lakes

Whiting, Indiana I begin to walk back, away from Lake Michigan, along 129th Street – following the route of the cab that brought me here. Only then does the scale of this place truly dawn on me. It is vast. The largest oil refinery in the Mid West stretches in all directions, line upon line...
Drilling the pre-salt - is Brazil still a "land of opportunity" for BP and Shell?

Drilling the pre-salt – is Brazil still a “land of opportunity” for BP and Shell?

We are just days away from the fourth anniversary of BP’s announcement in 2010 that it was boldly going into the Brazilian offshore oil province, known in the industry as the ‘pre-salt’. Tony Hayward, BP CEO at the time proclaimed: “This strategic opportunity fits well with BP’s operating strengths and key interests around the world,...
It exists because it exists - Bioregional activism in the Chesapeake watershed

It exists because it exists – Bioregional activism in the Chesapeake watershed

Mika Minio-Paluello, Anna Galkina and James Marriott travelled in North America as part of a tour over September and October to promote The Oil Road – Journeys from the Caspian to the City of London. The tenth of a series of blogs on the journey comes from Maryland … St John’s Church, Baltimore, Maryland “Crabs...
The dream of America - a family history of mining and migration

The dream of America – a family history of mining and migration

Mika Minio-Paluello, Anna Galkina and James Marriott travelled in North America as part of a tour over September and October to promote The Oil Road – Journeys from the Caspian to the City of London. The ninth of a series of blogs on the journey comes from Pennsylvania… Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania Long hours under rough blankets....
As Shell issues profit warning, new CEO needs a change of Arctic direction

As Shell issues profit warning, new CEO needs a change of Arctic direction

At 07.00 this morning Shell issued a profit warning. Just twelve working days since taking up his post as new CEO of Shell, Ben van Beurden has had to say “Our 2013 performance was not what I expect from Shell”. The company made $27.2bn in 2012, it looks likely to make only $16.8bn in 2013 – this...
The Arctic in New York - shareholders scrutinise Shell’s next move

The Arctic in New York – shareholders scrutinise Shell’s next move

Mika Minio-Paluello, Anna Galkina and James Marriott travelled in North America as part of a tour over September and October to promote The Oil Road – Journeys from the Caspian to the City of London. The eighth of a series of blogs on the journey comes from New York… It was Maurice Bridgeman who really...
The heart of a mountain lain on its side - Blacksburg, Virginia

The heart of a mountain lain on its side – Blacksburg, Virginia

Mika Minio-Paluello, Anna Galkina and James Marriott are travelling in North America as part of a tour over September and October to promote The Oil Road – Journeys from the Caspian to the City of London. You can find more info about their confirmed speaking dates in Virginia, the Bay Area, Toronto, Baltimore and Washington...
Slow travel across the Atlantic: The Independent Voyager

Slow travel across the Atlantic: The Independent Voyager

Mika Minio-Paluello, Anna Galkina and James Marriott are heading to North America as part of a tour over September and October to promote The Oil Road – Journeys from the Caspian to the City of London. You can find more info about their confirmed speaking dates in Virginia, the Bay Area, New Orleans, Baltimore and...