What does a socially just energy system look like? We discuss the issues at the Centre for Alternative Technology

What does a socially just energy system look like? We discuss the issues at the Centre for Alternative Technology

Last weekend the Centre for Alternative Technology hosted the Small is Beautiful festival – two days of DIY wind power workshops, straw building, singing workshops, and a series of participatory debates. With its stunning backdrop of sustainable architecture and functioning forest gardens, CAT is home to progressive postgraduate courses on climate adaptation and politics. Researchers at CAT have spent years crunching...
Green scapegoating of immigrants is an intellectual deceit of the worst kind

Green scapegoating of immigrants is an intellectual deceit of the worst kind

Guest post by Alex Randall   I’ve spent the past year gathering testimonies from people who have moved due to the impacts of climate change. These stories reveal there is something deeply wrong with the way some green groups talk about migration. It has become a mantra among green groups that climate change will create...
Offshore: Iran, BP, Algeria & Boris Island

Offshore: Iran, BP, Algeria & Boris Island

“No you can’t get through down there. They’ve got a full set of anti-terrorist police. Machine guns and all. They’ll jump out at you if you go beyond that fence. Mind you, it helps keep the crime down in the village”. The tall man with white hair straggling out from under his black hat and...
Possess the Bay! Taking control of the Oil Road in Falmouth

Possess the Bay! Taking control of the Oil Road in Falmouth

Platform was invited to present to the Geohack workshops that are part of the Fascinatecon conference in Falmouth this week. A version of the following was given via skype by James Marriott to an audience of ‘artists, gamers, historians, performance-makers, seafarers, landlubbers, the flooded and the landlocked’ in the Performance Centre, Penryn Campus, University of...
Picture This - artist Raoul Martinez on why oil sponsorship must end

Picture This – artist Raoul Martinez on why oil sponsorship must end

Over the past week we’ve published chapter by chapter the text from our new report ‘Picture This’ against BP’s sponsorship of the National Portrait Gallery’s Portrait Award. Below is the final chapter, ‘Picturing the Future’, brilliantly and calmly reasoned by artist Raoul Martinez. Raoul has been 3-times shortlisted for the BP Portrait Award and has...
Art Not Oil's week of action on NPG's 'BP Portrait Award'

Art Not Oil’s week of action on NPG’s ‘BP Portrait Award’

Have a look at the ‘Storify’ to see some of the actions, reactions and impacts that happened around the National Portrait Gallery’s opening of this year’s BP Portrait Award. The main events were… On Saturday – ‘Portraits in Oil‘ performance-intervention at the NPG by Art Not Oil Coalition On Wednesday (day  of the exhibition’s press...
Platform receives AWEInspiring Arts & Environment Award

Platform receives AWEInspiring Arts & Environment Award

Last night saw Platform honoured with an art award from an unusual ally. The organisation making the award – CIWEM (The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management) – is the professional body for those individuals and companies who work in water and environmental management. It has a national and international membership, signed up to advancing sustainability...
Art & Oil: guest review of 'The Oil Show' in Dortmund

Art & Oil: guest review of ‘The Oil Show’ in Dortmund

The Oil Show art exhibition at the Hartware MedienKunstVerein in Dortmund, Germany, is a group show about oil and its deeply rooted influence in economy and society. This major exhibition, on til 18th March 2012, states “We have reached Peak Oil – the maximum capacity of global crude oil extraction and production. After Peak Oil, the...
Platform at State of the Arts Conference, #sota12

Platform at State of the Arts Conference, #sota12

Presentation by James Marriott on 'Artists & the Future Environment'* The first speaker was writer Jay Griffiths, author of 'Wild', followed by myself, James Marriott, speaking for Platform. You can watch an interview I did after the presentation at the bottom of the text. Thank you Jay for a beautiful exposition of the relationship between...
Climate scientists support Request Initiative’s appeal for GWPF to reveal funders

Climate scientists support Request Initiative’s appeal for GWPF to reveal funders

Below is a blog cross-posted from Request Initiative, who support charities and non-profit organisations to use freedom of information laws. This Friday, the group will ask the Information Rights Tribunal to expose the seed funder to a climate sceptic think-tank (GWPF) with suspected links to BP, Shell and other energy companies. For the original blog post,...
How John Browne, BP and the Old Boys Network keep the arts well-oiled

How John Browne, BP and the Old Boys Network keep the arts well-oiled

It’s 10.30am on a spectacularly sunny winter’s day and I’m in the Members’ Room at Tate Modern.  The room overlooks the Square Mile – London’s financial district – and the view symbolises the growing pressures on artists and arts organisations to seek funding from the private sector, specifically from business. Looking once again at the panel...

RBS, what are you waiting for?

Yesterday the Royal Bank of Scotland held their 2011 Annual General Meeting at their Gogarburn headquarters on the industrial edge of Edinburgh (see Press Association video with Clayton Thomas-Muller from Indigenous Environmental Network and myself). The conference centre was flanked by press jesting with shareholders about diminishing returns. Much of the press group made a dash for...