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Enough is Enough! - Medway's resistance to an unjust transition.

Enough is Enough! – Medway’s resistance to an unjust transition.

  Down the canyon of Chatham High Street comes the march. Banner of Medway Trades Council proudly to the fore. Chants and shouts echoing off the shopfronts and the buildings above. “Enough is Enough! Enough is Enough!” Past the pound shops and the charity shops. Past the boarded up windows and the off licenses. Through...
Tectonic shifts – the energy crisis and the leap beyond - The Economic War, part 4

Tectonic shifts – the energy crisis and the leap beyond – The Economic War, part 4

Shell declares it may go back into Cambo and the oilfield’s exploration license is extended by two years. The British government pushes for renewed drilling in the UK North Sea. There is public outcry at the Chancellor’s failure to defend households from the attack on living standards driven by price inflation. The Russian government announces...
Ukraine & the grip of gas – caught in the machine of Crude Britannia

Ukraine & the grip of gas – caught in the machine of Crude Britannia

The newsfeeds hiss and rumble with stories of a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine. We are all of us left waiting. Is this truly going to happen, a military conflict between Russia and NATO? Or is this a fevered concoction that aids the Kremlin, the US Administration, and the UK’s flailing Prime Minister? Will the...
Just Transition in Glasgow - now is the time for ‘For’ and ‘Against’

Just Transition in Glasgow – now is the time for ‘For’ and ‘Against’

  “We need a massive programme of retrofitting homes”. Francis Stuart of the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) is outlining his understanding of the social project that needs to take place, the transformation of pretty much the entirety of the housing stock of Scotland – and indeed the UK. Stuart sits behind a long table...
What the Gas Price hike means – the Tales of Two Cities

What the Gas Price hike means – the Tales of Two Cities

Hot on the heels of the Petrol Panic comes the Gas Price Panic and the Electricity Price Panic – my head spins as I try to take in each of these fossil fuel driven convulsions. It is worth the effort to unpick this ball of yarn and lay out the tale it reveals. It is...

Press Release: Councils suffer £2bn hit to pension funds due to oil investments

New analysis reveals that £1.75 billion was wiped off UK council pension funds due to their oil investments crashing over the past three years. Platform London commissioned Transition Economics to conduct the analysis [1], which showed that * The combined investments by 56 local government pension funds into nine leading oil companies, including BP and...

25 Years On  – Healing Separation, Mobilising Desire 

Next month marks 25 years since the murder of Ken Saro-Wiwa and the Ogoni 9. Across Nigeria and the wider environmental justice movement, the legacy and story of the lives lost in the defense of the land and communities could not be more poignant.
#ShakeTheSystem: Legacies & futures with Voices that Shake!

#ShakeTheSystem: Legacies & futures with Voices that Shake!

[From the #ShakeTheSystem team] It’s 2020 and we’re celebrating 10 years of Voices that Shake! with an anthology, toolkits, workshops, showcases and more. This is #ShakeTheSystem: A Decade of Shaping Change Over 200 marginalised and underrepresented young people have directly been part of the deep personal and community transformation that the unique space of Shake!...
$450 million in US 'development' finance for fracking in Patagonia

$450 million in US ‘development’ finance for fracking in Patagonia

The US development finance corporation OPIC has just loaned $450 million to a large fracking project in Argentinian Patagonia – despite objections from eight US senators, Indigenous rights concerns, and the climate crisis. The two loans will fund Vista Oil & Gas and Aleph Midstream (respectively sister company and subsidiary to London-listed Riverstone Energy) to...
More Like Texas: US state involvement in the Vaca Muerta mega-project in Argentina

More Like Texas: US state involvement in the Vaca Muerta mega-project in Argentina

Read the briefing (pdf) – Leer en castellano (pdf) As US Energy Secretary Rick Perry said in June 2018, the aim of US foreign energy policy in Argentina was to help the country become “more like Texas” by bringing US business to work on unlocking Patagonia’s shale oil and gas reserves.  The US State Energy...
Government issues nearly £2 bn for fossil fuels abroad... and 0.0005 as much for renewables

Government issues nearly £2 bn for fossil fuels abroad… and 0.0005 as much for renewables

New data shows: last year the UK government supported oil, gas and coal projects in other countries to a tune of £1.8 billion – through UK Export Finance (UKEF), a government department that purports to support UK businesses operating elsewhere. We’ve analysed UKEF’s annual list of loans and financial guarantees, and here’s some of the...
Of Turmeric and Truth – 'Fuel for Thought' and the struggle in Ogoni

Of Turmeric and Truth – ‘Fuel for Thought’ and the struggle in Ogoni

This blog is co-authored by Andy Rowell (Oil Change International) and James Marriott (Platform) Lazarus Tamana, Europe Coordinator of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), holds up a small round plastic container, an inch deep, two inches across. It is filled with a rich yellow-ochre coloured powder.   “This was grown...