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No Condition is Permanent, 19 Poets on Climate Justice and Change

No Condition is Permanent, 19 Poets on Climate Justice and Change

No Condition is Permanent features writing and poetry specially selected and written for PLATFORM’s season C Words: Carbon, Climate, Capital, Culture, which took place at Arnolfini, Bristol, October and November 2009. It takes its title from the packed night of performance and music which took place on November 7th in Arnolfini’s main gallery. C Words was a...
Fifteen years on: introduction

Fifteen years on: introduction

This series of Platform podcasts explores the issues of the Niger Delta through conversations with leading human rights defenders and influential activists. Platform visited the Niger Delta in Autumn 2010 to conduct research and collaborate with key figures in the movement for environmental justice and social change. The podcasts mark the 15th anniversary of the execution...
Episode I: Fifteen years of not getting justice

Episode I: Fifteen years of not getting justice

This series of Platform podcasts explores the issues of the Niger Delta through conversations with leading human rights defenders and influential activists. Platform visited the Niger Delta in Autumn 2010 to conduct research and collaborate with key figures in the movement for environmental justice and social change. Episode I concerns women's rights in the Niger...
Episode II: Patrick's podcast

Episode II: Patrick’s podcast

An activist, campaigner and human rights reporter, Patrick Naagbanton has a solid reputation as one of the foremost rights monitors in the region. His organisation, the Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD) is a vital force in the movement for social change in the Delta. In Episode II we hear Patrick’s personal reaction...
Episode III: I believe in justice

Episode III: I believe in justice

Comrade Che is best described as a local legend. Ex-trade unionist, political prisoner, environmental activist and village elder, his life story is complex and fascinating. In this highly quotable interview, Comrade Che talks about his experiences; how imprisonment under Nigerian military dictatorship changed his understanding of politics; how oil companies work in alliance with their...
Episode IV: Environmental Rights Action

Episode IV: Environmental Rights Action

This series of Platform podcasts explores the issues of the Niger Delta through conversations with leading human rights defenders and influential activists. Platform visited the Niger Delta in Autumn 2010 to conduct research and collaborate with key figures in the movement for environmental justice and social change. In Episode IV, Platform’s Ben Amunwa interviews Morris...

Voices that Shake

Over 5-days in August a group of young people gathered to develop creative responses to stories of social injustice and the struggles against them as part of the Shake! Arts, Media, Race & Power course. Inspired by the memories of Nigerian Writers and Activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa and in celebration of the life of Stephen Lawrence...

Oil firms must compensate the people of Nigeria

Platform coordinated this letter in the Observer newspaper, originally published on 4 July 2010. Oil firms must compensate the people of Nigeria Grilled in Congress, shares down to £3 and forced to pledge billions of dollars in compensation, BP is paying the price for the damage it has caused in the Gulf of Mexico –...

Remember Saro-Wiwa Newsletter – June 2010

remember saro-wiwa DEEPWATER HORIZON: COMMENT & ANALYSIS Dear RSW supporters, We present fresh analysis of what the BP disaster could mean for the Niger Delta. You can add your opinion here. Media enquiries: Ben Amunwa on +44207 357 0055, [email protected]   The $20 Billion Question On day 57, the US government forced BP to allocate $20 billion...
Cashing in on Tar Sands: RBS, UK banks and Canada's "blood oil"

Cashing in on Tar Sands: RBS, UK banks and Canada’s “blood oil”

Tar sands extraction in Canada is devastating Indigenous communities, wildlife and vast areas of boreal forests, as well as being many times more carbon-intensive to produce than ‘conventional’ oil. The higher oil prices in recent years have meant that it’s become a more attractive prospect for oil companies to expand their operations in the costly...
Remember Saro-Wiwa Newsletter - February 2010

Remember Saro-Wiwa Newsletter – February 2010

  remember saro-wiwa EXCLUSIVE NEWS AND EVENTS FOR FEBRUARY-MARCH 2010. Dear RSW supporters,UK oil companies are planning to turn Africa’s ‘biodiversity hotspot’ into a wasteland. Find out more below, plus an exciting wave of film and photography events coming to you in March. Uganda: Another Niger Delta? Secret oil deals uncovered by PLATFORM will allow UK...

Shell Must Clean Up Its Act in Nigeria

First published in The Guardian, by Chima Williams (Environmental Rights Action/FoE Nigeria) as told to Ben Amunwa. As Nigerian villagers take Shell to court over huge oil spills, it’s time for the group to take responsibility for polluting practices. A court in The Hague is considering whether Shell can be held liable for alleged pollution in Nigeria, and...