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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...

Remember Saro-Wiwa Newsletter: December 2009

Today, a court in the Hague will consider for the first time whether Royal Dutch Shell can be held liable for destroying the livelihoods of four villagers in the Niger Delta. View original. Among the plaintiffs is Chief Barizaa, an Ogoni elder, who spoke of how oil spills from a Shell pipeline devastated his land in 2005...

Remember Saro-Wiwa Newsletter: December 2009

View original. Today, a court in the Hague will consider for the first time whether Royal Dutch Shell can be held liable for destroying the livelihoods of four villagers in the Niger Delta. Among the plaintiffs is Chief Barizaa, an Ogoni elder, who spoke of how oil spills from a Shell pipeline devastated his land...

Remember Saro-Wiwa Newsletter: October 2009

This November, we bring you a full selection of music, poetry, art and debate in London and Bristol. Please join us to celebrate the life of artist-activist Ken Saro-Wiwa and to mark 14 years since 10th November 1995, as the struggle for justice in the Niger Delta continues. View original. Upcoming Events NNEKA Live + support act...
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...

Wiwa v Shell: The day of reckoning

First published in Reuters. By Ben Amunwa When the news broke of a settlement in the Wiwa v Shell case, a cacophony of responses soon flooded my inbox. Hailed as a victory for human rights by some, others felt disappointed that Shell could throw money in the face of justice. In such a high profile and emotive legal...
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....

Remember Saro-Wiwa? Shell would rather you didn’t

The Guardian, full page advert. On November 10th 1995, the writer and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa was hanged by the Nigerian government. He was executed, alongside eight of his colleagues from the Ogoni people, for campaigning against the environmental devastation of the Niger Delta by Shell and other oil companies. The central abuse which Ken fought...

Ken Saro-Wiwa: the day of truth?

The Guardian by Kevin Smith Ken Saro-Wiwa: the day of truth? It will send shockwaves through boardrooms if the predictions of the executed campaigner are proved right in a US court. As shareholders gather today in London and The Hague for Shell’s annual general meeting the board is facing difficult questions over the company’s environmental and human...

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...

Delays underline flawed strategy in Canadian Tar Sands

This article was first published in Platform’s Carbon Web newsletter, issue 11. The collapse in the oil price in the autumn of 2008, tumbling from $147 to $40 per barrel, saw a corresponding rout in one of the most high-cost oil provinces in the world – the Canadian tar sands. From September to April, week...

Iraq backs down to oil company pressure

Carbon Web Newsletter, Issue 11. The falling oil price has pushed the Iraqi government onto the back foot, allowing foreign oil companies to demand greater concessions. The Iraqi government has had to slash its 2009 budget from $80 bn to under $60 bn – and even this revised figure is based on an optimistic $50...