News: BP reach for the pinkwash with “LGBT Careers Event”

We face an onslaught of unpleasant, greenwashing advertising from fossil fuel companies. Shell and their “We’ll keep the lights on when she’s grown up” billboard, featuring a photo of a child reading in bed complete with an oh-so-ironic polar bear toy on her bedside cabinet and a brief note about their investment in “mixed energy […]

Ending our reliance on oil will bring democracy to the Middle East and North Africa

There’s a simple idea that economic growth is good for democracy. A widely accepted truth, that when a citizen doesn’t have to worry about simple survival they can do more to get engaged with their governance. Educated, comfortable and free they can hold leaders to account. It’s an idea that goes back to Lipset in […]

The Oil Road: Journeys from the Caspian Sea to the City of London’ – extract 2: day 3

This is an extract from the book ‘The Oil Road: Journeys from the Caspian Sea to the City of London’, by James Marriott and Mika Minio-Paluello of PLATFORM, which traces their journey along the Baku–Tbilisi–Ceyhan oil pipeline. A previously published extract can be found here. DAY 3, 17:55 – 815 NM – 3,464 KM – SOUTHERN […]

Extract: The Oil Road – journeys from the Caspian Sea to the City of London

With the kind permission of the authors, Bright Green is publishing two excerpts from “The Oil Road – Journeys from the Caspian Sea to the City of London”, a travelogue written by James Marriott and Mika Minio-Paluello of Platform and published by Verso this month. In a unique journey from the oil fields of the […]

Last week’s agreement on oil could lead to war between the Sudans, not avert it

Tim Flatman, writing from Juba, South Sudan The “international community”, a nebulous concept at the best of times, achieved rare unity in its desire for and welcoming of an agreement between South Sudan and Sudan on oil transportation fees, disguising its self-interest by arguing the agreement will stop the two countries from returning to war. […]

Video: Pollution killing 4,000 Londoners a year

A London Green Party film reveals the depth of the city’s air quality crisis, with 4,000 Londoners a year dying from air pollution. But the rest of the country has a long way to go before it takes the issue as seriously as the capital.

Drenched in Oil – Ulster Bank, RBS and Ethics for the Belfast Festival

What links the suffering of the indigenous Cree Indians of Alberta, Canada, the international arms trade and the President of Belarus to a vibrant cultural event in Belfast, Northern Ireland? The answer is Ulster Bank’s sponsorship of the Belfast Festival at Queen’s; or as it’s now called, the ‘Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s.’  The […]

New Zealand’s best kept secret

New Zealand trades on its unspoiled, Middle Earth image, with tourism slogans ‘Clean & Green’ and ‘100% Pure’. Ashley Erdman discovers the truth is very different.

No shock doctrine for Libya

To say that the West’s involvement in Libya was all about oil was always far too simplistic. For any country to commit military force, a number of people must conclude that this is necessary. Each will have their own reasons, each a number of justifications. No war has one cause, no bombing a single explanation. […]

Cable admits economy is screwed. Where’s his vision?

Vince Cable has finally admitted the extent to which the UK economy is screwed. In an interview with the Guardian, he outlines the fact that we depended far too much on financial services, the scale of global inflation, and the rapidly increasing role of China in setting prices and outcompeting us. Politicians have failed, he […]

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