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Social Licence: Complicity in the Age of Extraction

This article, by Kevin Smith of Platform and Clayton Thomas Muller of the Indigenous Environmental Network first appeared in the Winter 2011/12 issue of Fuse Magazine in Canada. At first glance, there might not seem to be an obvious common ground between indigenous activists in Canada, performance artists in the UK and climate activists in...

Permis social : Complicité à l’ère de l’extraction

This article was first published in Le Journal des Alternatives. by Kevin Smith and Clayton Thomas Mueller À première vue, il ne semble pas y avoir un lien manifeste entre les activistes indigènes au Canada, la performance des artistes au Royaume-Uni et les activistes environnementaux dans ces deux pays. Cependant, la controverse internationale au sujet...

Culture Beyond Oil – Resonance FM radio show

A one hour radio show on oil sponsorship of the arts that was created by Mel Evans and Kevin Smith, broadcast on the 25th December 2011 on Resonance FM.
Getting to Market: Emerging Investor Risks in the Tar Sands

Getting to Market: Emerging Investor Risks in the Tar Sands

The global oil price wavers around $100 a barrel as traders are split over whether Brent Crude is about to plummet due to the Eurozone disaster getting worse, or about the spike due to a renewed Middle East crisis. It is snowing in Fort McKay, in Nothern Alberta, and the temperature of -6 feels like...
Not if but when: Culture Beyond Oil

Not if but when: Culture Beyond Oil

At a time of growing unease within and without the cultural sector about the involvement of oil companies with the nation’s most high profile galleries, Not if but when – Culture Beyond Oil brings together responses of artists and activists to the debate in a unique collaboration between artists, activists, researchers, theorists and critics. Download...

Canada’s Dirty and Dangerous Oil Sands

This article by Ben Amunwa first appeared in The Huffington Post on  19 October 2011. EthicalOil.org has a reputation for using just about anything to promote Canada's tar sands. The local mayor, Aboriginals and environmentalists have all been thrust into EthicalOil.org's narrative, some against their will. This Monday it was my turn to get 'tarred' as...

Fossil Fuel Finance – Divest/Invest

The climate transition changes everything. The next decade will require a wholesale recalibration of how our society and economy function. This creates opportunities to place democracy and social justice at the heart of our future political and economic structures. Platform data research and analysis shows that UK local government pensions are worth nearly £300 bn...

Oil and the Arts

In order for an oil company to produce oil and transport it to the global market, it needs either the support or the silence of the population in those areas of the world where this takes place. Where the necessary support – or ‘social licence to operate’ – is not forthcoming, the ability of that...
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...
C Words: Carbon, Climate, Capital, Culture

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

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....

Whose Bank? Our Bank! – RBS & the Future

This article was first published in Platform’s Carbon Web newsletter, issue 11. Between October 2008 and March 2009, the Treasury pumped £33 billion of public money into ‘bailing out’ the Royal Bank of Scotland, to the point where the bank is now 90% owned by the UK taxpayer. Yet the government continues to insist that...