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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...

Not cool

(on Tate’s reaction to Platform’s Freedom of Information request to see the minutes of the ethics committee for the meeting where the decision on renewing BP’s sponsorship was taken) Art Monthly news piece

Slow travel across the Gobi – an extract from ‘Only Planet’

We’re no strangers to the joys and challenges of slow-travel at Platform – check out James Marriott’s account of his container ship journey across the Atlantic last summer . It’s a constant question to re-negotiate for us about how much attempts to travel in a less climate-trashing fashion can bump up against our effectiveness in...

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...

Letter in Evening Standard on fossil fuel subsidies and floods

by Kevin Smith, Platform Unedited version of the letter here: Ed Milliband is entirely right to critique David Cameron for breaking his promise to deliver “the greenest government ever.” Failing to act now on climate change, like the government’s cuts to flood defences, is a prime example of how spending cuts don’t equate to saving...

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...

Rich seams or dark pools? UCL and BHP Billiton

Last week we took part in an interesting afternoon of discussion at UCL called Rich Seams or Dark Pools? Fossil Fuel Funding and Research. The event was following in the wake of an internal controversy within UCL over Anglo-Australian mining giant BHP Billiton giving US $10 million to fund two new research bodies: the Institute...

Will Hague prioritize “gas grabbing” over human rights in Azerbaijan visit?

Today Foreign Secretary William Hague will be one of the first European politicians to visit Azerbaijan after Ilham Aliyev’s internationally condemned re-election as President.  Hague will be there to attend the ceremony for the signing of a pipeline agreement that will see two trillion cubic meters of gas pumped from Azerbaijan to Europe. Hague will...

منظمات مصرية تعارض توجه الحكومة لاستخدام الفحم كمصدر بديل للطاقة

قلق من توجه الحكومة لاستخدام الفحم كمصدر بديل للطاقة استمرار في استنزاف الموارد والبشر من أجل تضخيم أرباح المستثمرين أعربت المنظمات الموقعة أدناه عن قلقها الشديد من إصرار السيد منير فخري عبد النور وزير الصناعة والتجارة، على استخدام الفحم كبديل للغاز في مصانع الأسمنت والسيراميك، معتبرين أن هذا القرار يفيد قلة من المستثمرين الساعين لتحقيق...

Artists call on Southbank Centre to end Shell sponsorship on anniversary of Ken Saro-Wiwa’s execution

A group of artists, musicians and authors who have all performed at the Southbank Centre have signed a letter calling on the arts institution to drop Shell sponsorship on the 18th anniversary of the execution of Ken Saro Wiwa and the Ogoni 9. [1] The 21 artists, including actor Mark Rylance, playwright Mark Ravenhill, the...

UK universities urged to ditch ‘extensive’ fossil fuel link

Business Green

Fossil fuel ties with universities highlighted by report

Times Higher Education Supplement