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Time for Tate to stop being so shady over BP sponsorship

Time for Tate to stop being so shady over BP sponsorship

We’re a more open organisation than any equivalent organisation in the world… —-So said Nick Serota back in 2008. More open than the National Gallery, for instance, who took three weeks to reveal its £30,000 /year sponsorship deal with Finmeccanica to Campaign Against the Arms Trade?  Or how about the Natural History Museum, who took...
African Uprisings: Corporations, Conflict, Culture And Community Resistance in Nigeria

African Uprisings: Corporations, Conflict, Culture And Community Resistance in Nigeria

25 March 6.30-8.30pm Hosted and chaired by the Pan African Students’ Union Speakers: Lazarus Tamana European Coordinator of the Movement of the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) Celestine AkpoBari community organiser from Ogoniland in the Niger Delta Sokari Douglas Camp CBE Nigerian-born, British artist, winner of the commission to create a ‘Living Memorial to...

Taking on the fossil fuel corporations and winning – reflections from the Niger Delta and the UK

29 March 7-8.30pm Oxford Action Resource Centre in East Oxford Community Centre, Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 1DD. Celestine AkpoBari a community organiser from the Niger Delta and speakers from No Dash for Gas Oxford and Platform lead a discussion on: What has the struggle in the Niger Delta got to do with resistance in the UK against fracking? How...
Hands down White boy! Privilege and oil spills in New Orleans

Hands down White boy! Privilege and oil spills in New Orleans

“I came to realise that I needed “Hey-White-Boy-don’t-keep-putting-your-hand-up-training”. Yotam Marom, who came to the attention of the US media in 2011 through his role in the early days of Occupy Wall Street, is explaining his views on how to be a ‘leader’ in a ‘leaderless organisation’. He’s a young White man from Hoboken, New Jersey....
'The Bus' memorial for Ken Saro-Wiwa is on the move...

‘The Bus’ memorial for Ken Saro-Wiwa is on the move…

Today, the Bus moved from Bernie Grant Arts Centre in Tottenham where it has been for three years, round the corner to Hale Village where it will be throughout 2014. The Living Memorial to Ken Saro-Wiwa, aka The Bus, is a spectacular steel sculpture by artist Sokari Douglas Camp. Platform commissioned it in 2005, the...
Cameron's floods response? Drill baby, drill!

Cameron’s floods response? Drill baby, drill!

The flood-waters are slowly receding. Communities across the country are still struggling to regain a sense of normality after the wettest winter on record. Questions are being raised about extreme weather in the UK, how prepared we are to deal with it, and whether or not this is a taster of things to come. You’re...
Sign the petition: Shell must clean up its oil pollution in the Niger Delta

Sign the petition: Shell must clean up its oil pollution in the Niger Delta

[emailpetition id=”2″ width=”100%”] The Niger Delta is one of the most polluted places on earth, laid to waste by an oil industry that does not respect people or the environment. It wasn’t always that way. Before Shell first discovered oil in Nigeria in 1956, it was a globally important wetland habitat with rich biodiversity, providing livelihoods for people...
We don't want the oil companies! - Italian community says no to pipeline

We don’t want the oil companies! – Italian community says no to pipeline

This blog is also available in Italian. The future is alternative, sustainable sources of energy. We don’t want the oil companies! This can be an independent state, a Puglia free from the oil companies Alessandro Mancini slaps the wooden table square with his palm as he talks. I am sat in a warm kitchen discussing...
New law in Nigeria could hold polluters to account

New law in Nigeria could hold polluters to account

Last week, a letter coordinated by Platform and signed by 18 organisations was published in the Nigerian media. The letter focussed on a new piece of legislation designed to improve the response to oil spills. In 2012, Senator Dr. Bukola Saraki, the Chair of the Senate committee for the environment tabled a bill aimed at strengthening...
Perenco: Oil Production At Any Cost

Perenco: Oil Production At Any Cost

Download the report or browse online below. Who are Perenco? Perenco are an independent Anglo-French oil and gas company. Its headquarters are located in London but it also has offices in Paris and the Bahamas. Founded by Hubert Perrodo (1944-2006), the company is now run by CEO, Jean-Michel Jacoulot, and still partly belongs to his...

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...
Pollutants and Petcoke: Environmental struggles and the Great Lakes

Pollutants and Petcoke: Environmental struggles and the Great Lakes

Whiting, Indiana I begin to walk back, away from Lake Michigan, along 129th Street – following the route of the cab that brought me here. Only then does the scale of this place truly dawn on me. It is vast. The largest oil refinery in the Mid West stretches in all directions, line upon line...