On not always labouring furiously

“The mind should not be kept continuously at the same pitch of concentration, but given amusing diversions… Our minds must relax: they will rise better and keener after a rest. Just as you must not force fertile farmlands, so uninterrupted productivity will soon exhaust it, so constant effort will sap our mental vigour, while a...

Shell sponsorship and censorship at Southbank Centre?

On 29th June, the Arts Council England finally announced its new “Catalyst Arts” philanthropy programme, aimed at pushing arts organisations towards a US-style corporate and private philanthropy culture. It’s ironic that 3 days later, PLATFORM had a close encounter with censorship from a major arts venue, the Shell-sponsored Southbank Centre, London. As part of the...

Death knell or crying wolf?

In April the Chancellor, George Osborne, launched his ‘Fair Fuel Stabiliser’. This linked the rate of tax paid by oil companies to global oil prices. When the price of oil was above $75 a barrel, the rate of tax on North Sea oil profits would rise, with the additional revenue used to lower the price...

The other offshore tax regime

The lobby machine kicked into action following the announcement by George Osbourne of plans to raise £10 billion over the next 5 years from the oil industry. Ex-PLATFORMer Greg Muttitt, author of the forthcoming book Fuel on the Fire: Oil and Politics in Occupied Iraq explains in this guest blog why the outraged claims of the oil...

BP’s botched Arctic deal and the extent of the Foreign Office’s support

An article on the front page of the Business Section of the Telegraph today has used Freedom of Information requests obtained by PLATFORM to show how BP has used the Foreign Office to cement a controversial deal in Russia, even when the legality of the deal was in doubt. A Channel 4 Dispatches episode this evening by investigative journalist...

Arctic Anxiety – new report on BP’s attempts to drill in the arctic

‘Arctic Anxiety – BP, British foreign policy and the rush for polar oil’ can be downloaded fromhttps://platformlondon.org/aa.pdf In the wake of Thursday´s arbitration ruling that has delayed BP´s Arctic alliance with Rosneft, Foreign Office minutes sourced through FoIA and a new report published by PLATFORM and Greenpeace UK reveal ongoing high-level support for BP without...

New report released today – RBS coal finance on launch day of RBS-sponsored Climate Week

Download the report – www.platformlondon.org/dm.pdf Watch the video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuWGg6a__gE Check out the online presentation summary – http://prezi.com/2zc3gxujogli/dirty-money/ All over the world, diverse groups from community activists to schoolchildren, small businesses to faith-based networks, are starting to take action on climate change. Big business is following suit, but often with tactics that bring their integrity into question. Climate...

Power & Privilege Training

Power and privilege training has become commonplace in US social justice activism over the past decade as an integral part of making real and lasting change. Here in the UK, interest in engaging with this practice and developing our own models in a different context is growing; in Bristol in 2009 activists held a Race...

Slow Travel to Oslo: diary begins

Entries from Jane Trowell, Anna Galkina, and Rebecca Beinart on their separate Slow Travel journeys from England to Oslo for Gentle Actions in Kunstnernes Hus ANNA: [Anna Galkina is a researcher with PLATFORM on Arctic issues relating to oil & gas, environmental and human rights abuses.] 11.11.10 On the way into the Eurostar section of...

Slow Travel to Oslo: privilege, hope, or red herring

Slow Travel Enquiry for Gentle Actions, Oslo. Disclaimer: this blog is written by Jane and some views may not be shared by the whole of PLATFORM. When we got the invitation from curators Eva Bakkeslett and Anne Karin Jortveit to work on the Gentle Actions: Art, Ecology, Action project at Kunstnernes Hus in Oslo, it...

PLATFORM is recruiting a Funding Development Worker

This job is no longer available and is here for reference purposes only. Job Title: Funding Development Worker Initially freelance 26 days over six months (flexible) with the possibility of extension into a wider permanent role. Platform is looking for a freelance Funding Development Worker to strengthen and support its project portfolio by developing new...

Opening Today “Scorch/Drench”, and strange not to be there

PLATFORM has created Scorch/Drench – an installation and a one week of films, discussions and workshops which inform and challenge our relationship to oil, at the invitation of curators of the season “Gentle Actions – Art, Ecology, Action” at Kunstnernes Hus Oslo, running 22.10.10 – 14.11.10. Anna and I aren’t travelling out there for a...