Exploration companies scour the world for more oil, that is increasingly difficult to find. Pristine wildernesses are being prised open in order to keep the global energy show on the road. But the latest science tells us that we cannot even afford to burn the fossil fuels that have already been discovered. Fresh from following the oil road across continents, James Marriott tells the inside story of what is happening to oil.
James Marriott is a writer, artist, activist and naturalist. He is a co-director of PLATFORM (www.platformlondon.org), which since 1983 has brought together artists and activists to create projects and campaigns that help the struggle for ecological and social justice. Current work includes a campaign against the proposed oil law in Iraq, a series of performances about BP and climate change for oil analysts and journalists, a living memorial to the Nigerian activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, a book exploring the psychology of those who work within major corporations, and a campaign to stop the Royal Bank of Scotland being the major European private financier of oil and gas development. He is the author of The Next Gulf – London, Washington and the Oil Conflict in Nigeria with Andrew Rowell and Lorne Stockman.
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