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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...

‘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"...

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...

C Words: “Not the usual”….

What is PLATFORM doing in Arnolfini's programme? And why did Arnolfini invite PLATFORM? Over and over again during C Words, I'm hearing a combination of the words: "not the usual". It might be me, Jane from PLATFORM, saying "this is not the way we usually…", "not the place we usually…", "not the audiences we usually…"...

C Words: The Hubbub Begins

Saturday, 3rd October 2009 Arriving at Arnolfini early this morning, before the gallery opens ‘C Words’ to the public, a sense of eager anticipation hangs in the air. Some of the artists and gallery staff are involved in frantic last minute preparations while others patiently pace through the days rituals in quiet corners of the...

C Words: Carbon, Climate, Capital, Culture

Newspaper-catalogue for Platform’s major exhibition and 50-day season of events at Arnolfini, Bristol, Oct/Nov 2009. Contains essays and schedule of events, workshops, courses, art-interventions, film screenings, courses and performances on issues of climate justice in the run-up to the Conference of the Parties on Climate Change – COP 15 – in Copenhagen. Download the C Words...

Nationalised banks must go green

Environmental groups are suing the Treasury in an effort to ensure that RBS invests only in sustainable and ethical projects – This article was originally published at http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/jun/30/rbs-nationalised-banks-green.   Since the banking crisis last year, RBS has remained firmly in the public eye as the most controversial bank in the UK. Beyond the populist pillorying of Fred Goodwin’s...

Shell’s Big Dirty Secret – insight into the world’s most carbon intensive oil company and the legacy of CEO Jeroen van der Veer

This report rates the carbon intensivity of the top international oil companies, revealing that Shell is the most carbon intensive oil company in the world based on its total resources. Research for the report was conducted by Platform, Greenpeace UK, Oil Change International and Friends of the Earth. Download the report (pdf) or read online below....

Platform witness statement in RBS court case against the Treasury

Court Ref: CO/5323/2009 In the Administrative Court High Courts of Justice Between: Platform World Development Movement People and Planet Claimants and Commissioners of HM Treasury Defendant First Witness Statement of Kevin Smith Background 1. I, KEVIN SMITH of Platform, 7 Horselydown Lane, London SE1 2LN, make this statement in support of our application for permission...

New Research Reveals That Shell Is World’s Most Carbon Intensive Oil Company

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 19th May, 2009 London – Research by four leading environmental organizations released today to coincide with Royal Dutch Shell’s Annual General Meeting, reveals the carbon intensity of the top international oil companies.  Shell is now the most carbon intensive oil company in the world based on its total resources. The research examined...

ShellGuilty: International Coalition Targets Shell At Jazz Fest For Human Rights And Environmental Wrong Doing

ShellGuilty campaign demands Shell clean up in Louisiana and Nigeria FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 24th April 2009 NEW ORLEANS—Amplifying demands by environmentalists in Louisiana that Shell clean up the coast, campaigners have launched www.ShellJazzFest.com, a mock version of the official Jazz Fest website that tells the truth about Shell’s human rights and environmental record. In addition...

The Oil and Gas Bank

The Royal Bank of Scotland has long ploughed money into fossil fuels – but now we own it, shouldn’t it stop? Kevin Smith looks at the campaign to get the bank to take responsibility for climate damage. First published at http://www.redpepper.org.uk/The-oil-and-gas-bank/ by Kevin Smith. One of the main causes of the current banking crisis has been the...