Holding Shell to account at the AGM

Just returning from the Shell AGM in Den Haag, Holland feeling inspired and energised by the passion and courage of all those that worked to hold the board of the company to account – both in the Dutch meeting and in the parallel event (linked by video) in the Barbican in London. Outside the conference...

Exploring The Oil Road – Two Platform events in Bristol and London

There are two Platform events coming up which explore themes in our forthcoming book The Oil Road by Mika Minio and James Marriott, due out in September. The first event is a talk in the Bristol Festival of Ideas – What if we left the oil in the ground? Taking place at Arnolfini on Sunday 20th...
Oil projects too far - banks & investors refuse finance for Arctic oil

Oil projects too far – banks & investors refuse finance for Arctic oil

West LB have decided not to finance oil & gas development projects in the arctic and F & C have dropped Arctic oil explorers Cairn from their ethical portfolio. The German corporate finance & investment bank, West LB, launched a new environmental policy in February and its guidelines are important in relation to the push...
Arts Council to embed sustainability into its funding

Arts Council to embed sustainability into its funding

Last week I gave a talk at the State of the Arts Conference in a parallel session on Artists & Our Future Environment. What was inspiring about that session, the one that followed in the afternoon, and the general discussion around the conference, was just how many people were talking about how the arts can,...
Platform at State of the Arts Conference, #sota12

Platform at State of the Arts Conference, #sota12

Presentation by James Marriott on 'Artists & the Future Environment'* The first speaker was writer Jay Griffiths, author of 'Wild', followed by myself, James Marriott, speaking for Platform. You can watch an interview I did after the presentation at the bottom of the text. Thank you Jay for a beautiful exposition of the relationship between...
Getting to Market - new report by Platform, Oil Change Int. and Greenpeace UK highlights investor risks in the tar sands

Getting to Market – new report by Platform, Oil Change Int. and Greenpeace UK highlights investor risks in the tar sands

The global oil price wavers around $100 a barrel as traders are split over whether Brent Crude is about to plummet due to the Eurozone disaster getting worse, or about the spike due to a renewed Middle East crisis. It is snowing in Fort McKay, in Nothern Alberta, and the temperature of -6 feels like...
“All that is solid melts into air”

“All that is solid melts into air”

I struggle to overcome the fear of disappointment, struggle to overcome the fear of future embarrassment. The media shouts of constant imminent financial collapse, of each day bringing a greater crisis than the last. I stumble through the hourly accounts, believing – perhaps hoping – that tomorrow will bring news of a return to normality,...