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A green economy could be ours

The government should use its shareholder position in the newly recapitalised banks to push for proactive change from within – This article was first published at http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/nov/21/banking-crisis.     In early November, representatives from 20 different organisations from around the world gathered in Spain as part of the BankTrack network to lay out a response to the banking...

Banks need to clean up their green act

Before they benefit from any kind of bail-out, banks should commit to reducing their investment in fossil fuels. – This article was originally published at http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/oct/08/fossilfuels.banks.   On the same day as it became apparent that RBS would need billions of pounds of taxpayers’ money to save it from collapse, the government’s climate change watchdog warned that we should...
The Oil & Gas Bank: RBS & the financing of climate change

The Oil & Gas Bank: RBS & the financing of climate change

The Royal Bank of Scotland is covering up involvement in carbon emissions greater than those of the whole country of Scotland. PLATFORM's report “The Oil & Gas Bank”reveals the extent to which RBS-NatWest is providing the financial fuel driving climate change. RBS is more "oil" than "royal", as the bank financing oil & gas extraction....

Sakhalin II Impacts

Shell's Sakhalin II gas & oil project in far eastern Russia has disrupted the social and economic fabric of local communities, including indigenous communities and local fishermen. Rare and endangered species are being threatened with extinction, including the Western Pacific Gray Whale and Stellar's Sea Eagle. Shell's pipeline stretches from the northern tip of Sakhalin...

Remember Saro-Wiwa, in ‘Land, Art – A Cultural Ecology Handbook’

In Land, Art, A Cultural Ecology Handbook, Ed. Max Andrews, RSA, Arts Council England, 2006 The Nigerian writer and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa was executed together with eight Ogoni colleagues by the Nigerian military on 10th November 1995 for his effective campaigning against the consistent despoilation of the oil-rich lands of the Niger Delta by oil...

Peak oil – an oil geologist’s perspective

There is considerable debate, both within and outside the oil industry, on whether global oil production has peaked here an oil geologist argues that we should take the threat seriously – This report was first published in Platform's carbon web news letter, issue 3. Peak oil has become a hot topic. The term is used to...
Crude Designs: The rip-off of Iraq's oil wealth

Crude Designs: The rip-off of Iraq’s oil wealth

Also available in Arabic and Italian. Control of Iraq's future oil wealth is being handed to multinational oil companies through long-term contracts that will cost Iraq hundreds of billions of dollars. 'Crude Designs: The Rip-Off of Iraq's Oil Wealth' reveals that current Iraqi oil policy will allocate the development of at least 64% of Iraq’s reserves...

Nigeria Ten Years On

10 years on from Saro-Wiwa the Niger Delta remains one of the world‘s most unstable oil provinces, despite US-UK ambitions. – This report was first published in Platform’s Carbon web newsletter, issue 2.   Ten years ago on 10th November, 9 men were hanged in a squalid courtyard at Port Harcourt Prison, Delta State, Nigeria....

The End of the Empire of Gog & Magog

Presentation at `Desire Lines` conference on Arts & Ecology, Dartington College, Totnes, Devon. Saturday 10th September 2005. James Marriott. THE END OF THE EMPIRE OF GOG & MAGOG (Slide showing on screen at start : Robin Territories at Dartington 1935 – 1945) First of may I say thank you to Alan (Bolden), Lara (Riley) and...

Remember Saro-Wiwa

This report was first published in Platform's carbon web newsletter, issue 1.   On 10th November 1995, Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight of his colleagues were executed by the Nigerian dictatorship following their campaign against the devastating environmental impacts of oil companies – including Shell and Chevron – in the Niger Delta. Ten years on and...

Remember Saro-Wiwa: Short Film – Refining Memory

‘Reflective, compassionate and creatively invigorating’ Time Out, Critic’s Choice. As part of the Living Memorial project, we commissioned a short film from artist filmmakers Judy Price and Andrew Conio to serve as an ‘exhibition’ of the five short listed proposals for the Living Memorial. The film is called Refining Memory. Refining Memory was premiered at the Museum...

Remember Saro-Wiwa: The Living Memorial Concept

“Artists should be at the centre of society keeping alive a utopian vision, because society will not improve if the people envisioning a better society are politicians.” Peter Sellars The role of the artist in society is critical to communicate the injustices experienced daily by people. Art provides political expression beyond rhetoric, propaganda, and action,...