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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....
Fossil Free EBRD - Tweet Action!

Fossil Free EBRD – Tweet Action!

Tweet #coalfreeEBRD and tell the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to end loans for all dirty energy projects starting with coal. Today, as the United Nations climate talks are taking place in Warsaw, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is attending the International Coal and Climate Summit. This lobby event is organised by...

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...
An oil and gas executive we can (sort of) get behind!

An oil and gas executive we can (sort of) get behind!

We’ve engaged in a lot of AGM activism over the years, mainly on Shell, BP and RBS, and we’ve been privileged to work alongside many different visitors from impacted communities who’ve come to these AGMs to speak ‘truth to power’. In recent years there’s been some really powerful interventions from people from Gulf Coast Communities devastated...
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...
The true story behind Channel 4's 'Secret State' - RBS's dirty deals

The true story behind Channel 4’s ‘Secret State’ – RBS’s dirty deals

Sometimes Platform is really late off the mark, but luckily a friend in Liverpool gave us a nudge.  Thanks Lena. WARNING – this blog post contains spoilers. Channel 4’s recent 4-part political thriller ‘Secret State’ has an oil and finance storyline, elements of which uncannily mirror some of Platform’s current and recent campaigns. The plot...

Should RBS get credit for going green?

CLIMATE change protesters are threatening direct action protests against the Royal Bank of Scotland over dealings with the oil industry. They say the bank invests more in the fossil fuel industry than any other in the UK and claim this is damaging the planet. The Government-owned bank, however, prides itself on its environmental record. The...

The Treasury, UKFI and RBS – the Government’s biggest climate change failure

Evidence submitted by Green Alliance, People & Planet, Platform and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds to the parliamentary Environmental Audit Committee. This evidence outlines the extent to which RBS are continuing to provide finance for significant projects responsible for climate changing emissions, what UKFI is doing about this, what they would need...

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...
Towards a Royal Bank of Sustainability: protecting taxpayers' interests; cutting carbon risk

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...

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...

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...