Commisioned by 350.org, this piece of film documents the youth climate activist group 'UK Student Climate Network London (UKSCN London) as they embarked on a 24 hour creative protest inside the Science Museum in London. The major sponsor of the Science Museum's climate exhibition, entitled 'Our Future World', is Shell - one of the largest and most responsible companies for the unfolding climate and ecological crises. UKSCN utilise this opportunity to highlight their greenwashing agenda, the museum's conflict of interests, as well as the lack of focus on the root causes of the crisis (instead focusing on technological solutions).
GLOBAL MAJORITY VS UK GOVERNMENT
Global Majority is a climate and social justice activism litigation campaign. Three young people, Marina, Adetola, and Jerry are taking the UK government to court. Along with climate litigation movements gaining momentum worldwide, their case connects the government's domestic human rights law with its international climate obligations. They argue that UK obligations under the 1998 Human Rights Act require government to regulate finance so that it's aligned to the 2015 Paris Agreement temperature limit. On 12 December 2020, they sent their 'letter before action' to mark 5 years of the Paris Agreement. Find out more here.
RADICAL CARE is an artistic project exploring solidarity in the absence of adequate State support, community resilience in the face of Covid-19, and the potential for long term community resistance and self-determination. It is centred around a short documentary film, however Radical Care holds its significance in the process of its creation and development as much as its physical product. In it we follow volunteers from Leyton Ward, Grove Green, and Leytonstone Ward mutual aid groups, and the Jamia Ghousia Masjid community support group in East London. Through their eyes and experiences we are not only are offered an insight into the voluntary efforts of the community, the people involved are also presented with the opportunity to reflect on the conditions that have brought about the need for such work - and the potentialities it presents for the future of community organising. Equally, the manner in which this short documentary is screened extends this opportunity to the audience who, in the newly created social interstice, are able to engage in a process of reflection and work towards building a collective critical consciousness to identify the issues that impact the community and ways in which the root of the problem can be tackled .
BP or Not BP?
Monument was part of #BPmustfall, a 3-day performative protest and occupation of the British Museum with particular focus on the Troy: Myth or Reality."This is horribly appropriate: we’re sick of the oil industry using our arts and culture as a Trojan Horse to hide its deadly activities. BP’s sponsorship may look like a gift, but death and destruction are lurking inside. The oil giant wants to associate itself with this famous myth but in reality, just 75 miles from the site of ancient Troy, it recently completed an enormous gas pipeline in partnership with the repressive Turkish government, locking us into using more fossil fuels when we should be ditching them."( www.bp-or-not-bp.org/troy ).This short film is a brief encapsulation of this overnight performative occupation of the British Museum. 8th February 2020.
OIL IN THE WATER
"On Monday 20th April 2010, an explosion occurred on board BP's #DeepwaterHorizon rig, killing 11 workers and causing oil to flow into the Gulf of Mexico. A judge would later rule that BP had been "reckless", that its “gross negligence” caused the massive spill that followed. Watch how people around the world created their own #OilInTheWater films to mark 10 years since BP's disaster, highlighting how the impacts continue and that today BP is drilling even deeper in the Gulf.
“We still have thousands of spills every year. The infrastructure is getting older and we are having more and more problems with it.”
- Cyn Sarthou, Executive Director, Healthy Gulf
Hear directly from communities in the Gulf by listening to the new "We Got We, Not BP" podcast from 'Another Gulf is Possible' at the following link: https://anothergulf.com/we-got-we-not-bp/ " -BP or not BP?