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...
Shell AGM: "With patience and saliva the ants devour the elephant"

Shell AGM: “With patience and saliva the ants devour the elephant”

Just returning from the Annual General Meeting of Shell at Den Haag in the Netherlands – tired but exhilarated by the experience. As with the AGM in 2012 there was a powerful array of civil society groups from all over the world taking the time and devoting the energy to travel to the grey, rain...
Another storm for Shell highlights risks in financing Arctic oil & gas exploitation

Another storm for Shell highlights risks in financing Arctic oil & gas exploitation

On Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year when in southern Alaska there’s only a dull half-light for a handful of hours, Shell’s immense drilling rig Kulluk was dragged out to sea from Dutch Harbour, bound for the port of Seattle. This 28,000 tonne machine was being pulled past the Aleutian Islands though worsening...
Putting the Oil Road on the map - 5 star review kicks off campaign

Putting the Oil Road on the map – 5 star review kicks off campaign

‘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 – 5th September 2012) Platform’s campaign to put the Oil Road on the map has been given a fine start with our new travel...

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,...