This video from the USA says about itself:
20 April 2016
This music video from the USA says about itself:
“Good-Bye Little Bird, Good-Bye!” BP/Halliburton Oil Spill Dirge
30 July 2011
The harmonica solo is as sweet as his question to BP/Halliburton/Transocean, is bitter: “Listen, Oil Man! / Tell me why / this bird only lands here to die? / I better hang my head and cry / and say good-bye / to a little bird / to a little bird….” New Orleans song-writer Mark (“Mickey”) McLaughlin wrote this shortly before he passed away.
This song is his gentle reminder to British Petroleum & Halliburton-types that the meek shall inherit the Earth. It’s about a little bird that landed in front of ol Slewfoot (what locals like myself named him long ago) on his way home one day during the BP oil spill disaster. The bird “was all covered in oil, and it broke my heart,” he recalls. “I couldn’t talk about it, but I did make a song to remember that little bird….a little bird that British Petroleum didn’t care about, obviously.”
It was the first day of Spring 2011 when Mickey sang this only-recording of “‘Good-Bye!’ to a Little Bird” at his favorite “spot” or perch of 31 years along the muddy Mississippi River‘s batture (“The Moonwalk”) that fronts St. Louis Cathedral. I didn’t edit-out the strong Gulf breeze blowing, paddle-boat steam whistles, seabirds, etc., because that’s exactly why New Orleans’ “Slewfoot” loved to busk at the riverfront, “better than anyplace in the World!”
By Joana Ramiro and Lamiat Sabin in Britain:
Friday 15th April 2016
The slap in the face for BP’s management came after the oil giant posted its largest annual losses in decades — resulting in thousands of job losses worldwide.
Ethical investors’ group ShareAction CEO Catherina Howarts said the message of the day came from a former employee who said: “When so much of our population must accept austerity this looks like an utter PR disaster.”
At the same time, figures published today revealed foodbank use remains at record levels with more than 1.1 million supplies given out by the Trussell Trust charity alone last year.
Shadow environment, food and rural affairs secretary Kerry McCarthy called the figures a “national scandal.”
Foodbanks have become a “truly shameful symbol” of the mercenary Tory government and should “never be allowed to become a permanent feature of British society,” she fumed.
She blamed the unfairness on Chancellor George Osborne giving tax breaks to the wealthiest companies and individuals while people struggle on very low incomes.
An all-party parliamentary group on hunger found yesterday that one in five schoolchildren cite hunger as their “most constant companion” with hospital admissions because of malnourishment rising.
More than 415,000 provisions went to children, said the Trussell Trust, mostly as a result of sanctioned benefits, low-household wages and insecure work.
Almost half of the charity’s 424 foodbanks said there had been an increase in the number of people needing help for these reasons.
He contrasted the record use of foodbanks with Mr Dudley’s bumper pay and “following hard on the heels of the billions stashed abroad by the rich and powerful.”
Mr McCluskey said: “It is a national disgrace and those on the Conservative benches should not just hang their heads in shame but act now to block the further cuts their party plans to unleash on ordinary people and struggling families.”
The vote by BP shareholders, however, counted only as a sign of indignation as Mr Dudley has already been paid the gross sum.
Prior to the vote, the Institute of Directors had urged shareholders to weigh in on the remuneration as the increase could send the “wrong message” to other firms.
BP or Not BP spokesman Chris Garrard told the Star that the oil company was “on the wrong side of history.”
He said: “The idea that this company, which is outmoded, can give a massive pay increase to its CEO at a time like that has just been a huge blow.
“Any time there is dissatisfaction you would see very little shift in how the shareholders would vote.
“The margin by which shareholders have actually gone against that pay package is significant.”
Mr Garrard added “there were rumours that this might spell the end of Dudley’s time as CEO.”
The shareholders’ thumbs down “is asserting that the company cannot just go ahead however it wants.
“Now we saw it over pay, maybe next year we could see a shareholder rebellion over questions to do with climate.”
BP’s AGM did not run smoothly from the start, with environmental activists holding court outside the Excel Centre protesting against the company’s plans to drill on the Australian coast.
With them they brought a full-size inflatable sperm whale.
Trussell Trust agreed that a million emergency food supplies a year must not become the “new normal.”
Its chief executive David McAuley said: “One million three-day food supplies given out by our foodbanks every year is one million too many.”
Jon Glackin is an organiser of the Streets Kitchen foodbank, which does not operate on the basis of referrals by social workers, teachers and doctors like most foodbanks.
He told the Star that the volunteers were “seeing a great increase in people accessing our services” and that they included people who had benefits sanctioned and those that could barely survive.
Streets Kitchen will be protesting today at 6pm outside Downing Street on the March with the Homeless.
This video from London, England says about itself:
Activists set up “rebel exhibition” inside BP-sponsored British Museum
8 April 2016
Will security throw us out? What will the public think? Watch this short film to find out, then head to www.historyofbp.org to experience the exhibition, and learn about the objects from the amazing frontline people who sent them.
By daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Wednesday 13th April 2016
CAMPAIGNERS blazed their call for the British Museum to drop oil giant BP’s sponsorship onto the very walls of that great institution yesterday.
BP has been preparing to drill in the Great Australian Bight, the huge bay encompassed by nearly all of Australia’s sweeping southern coastline.
BP or not BP? campaign member Chris Garrar, who helped organise the stunt, said: “Last year the British Museum gave [BP] valuable legitimacy by allowing it to sponsor an exhibition on indigenous Australia.
“And this year, BP will sponsor the museum’s Sunken Cities exhibition.
“But the bitter irony is that if BP drills four new wells in the Great Australian Bight, Sunken Cities won’t just be a record of the past — it will be a vision of the kind of future we will face with dangerous climate change.”
This video from the USA says about itself:
Gulf Coast Oil Spill Puts Birds at Risk
30 April 2010
The next victims of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico could be the birds that depend on the region’s fertile shorelines, bayous and marshes. American Bird Conservancy‘s Michael Fry talks to Jorge Ribas about the situation.
By Zoe Streatfield in Britain:
Scotland: Activists target art show in Edinburgh
Monday 29th February 2016
The BP or not BP? group, comprised of artists and activists, drew attention to the oil giant’s “dire environmental and human-rights record” by displaying paintings depicting communities damaged by BP’s oil exploration.
Performer Claire Robertson said it was “outrageous” that BP is allowed to “clean up its reputation through association with the prestigious Portrait Awards, despite its well-documented role colluding with human-rights-abusing regimes in Azerbaijan and Colombia, funding destructive tar sands extraction and causing environmental devastation with the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.”
Artist Raoul Martinez, whose portraits have been featured in the exhibition previously, supported the performance, saying: “I have decided not to submit work to the National Portrait Gallery until they cut their ties with fossil fuel companies, and I hope other artists will join me.”
He said the fossil fuel industry was based on “violence towards nature, violence towards the many communities already being displaced by the effects of climate change” and called on “all institutions to get on the right side of history and cut their ties with these destructive companies.”
This video says about itself:
25 September 2012
From Live Science:
Turtles’ Wayward Travels May Mean BP Oil Spill‘s Impact Was Global
by Stephanie Pappas, Live Science Contributor
December 28, 2015 09:05am ET
The far-flung journeys of juvenile sea turtles could mean that the impact of 2010’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill was global.
More than 300,000 sea turtles were likely in the region of the Gulf of Mexico affected by the oil spill, according to a new computer simulation. About three-quarters of these marine animals probably came from Mexican nesting populations, the research found. Others hailed from South America, Costa Rica and as far away as western Africa.
As a result, efforts to rehabilitate the environment after the spill should likely reach far beyond the Gulf Coast of the United States, said study researcher Nathan Putman, a biologist at the University of Miami. [See Images of the Aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill]
A serious spill
On April 20, 2010, an explosion rocked the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, which was operating on a BP-owned well in the Gulf of Mexico. Oil gushed from the well bore at the bottom of the gulf until July 15.
Research in the gulf has found possible long-term impacts on wildlife, including a high mortality rate and a low number of bottlenose dolphin calves in the region. But it was difficult to measure the wildlife impacts, Putman told Live Science, because of the challenge of determining how many animals were passing through at the time of the spill.
Oil can affect sea turtles by coating them with irritating petrochemicals, which can cause inflammation and even organ damage. Oil can also indirectly impact turtles by affecting animals lower in the food chain, making it harder for turtles to find food. Finally, oil slicks can kill the seaweed that tiny baby turtles use to camouflage themselves from predators. According to the National Wildlife Foundation, five times as many sea turtles strandings as usual occurred after the Deepwater Horizon spill. Still, strandings only hint at impacts that might be occurring far from shore, away from easy observation by humans.
“It was largely thought or accepted that there is no real good way to bracket the scope of the potential problem,” Putman said.
He and his colleagues tackled the issue with a simple computer simulation based on ocean currents. They virtually “released” particles, representing turtles, into the Deepwater Horizon-affected region and then backtracked through five years of ocean-current data to see where the turtles would have come from. Depending on species, juvenile turtles spend between two and 10 years or so living in the open ocean, traveling largely with ocean currents. The researchers also took into account potential mortality rates among these traveling turtles.
The resulting simulation estimated that there were 175,064 green turtles (Chelonia mydas), 21,363 loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) and 3,693 Kemp’s ridley turtles (Lepidochelys kempii) in the spill-affected area between April 2010 and August 2010. Serendipitously, Putman said, another research group has since released findings based on in-water estimates of turtles in that area in the years after the spill. The in-water estimates pegged the number of green turtles in the area at 154,000 and the number of loggerheads at 30,800, very close to the simulation’s estimates. [Quest for Survival: Photos of Incredible Animal Migrations]
The real-world estimates, however, suggested there are typically around 217,000 Kemp’s ridley turtles in that area, a big difference from the simulation’s prediction of 3,693. Putman and his team adjusted their model to reflect the notion that Kemp’s ridley turtles might swim against prevailing currents to get to and stay in the area of the gulf affected by the spill. A few simple tweaks brought the model and the real-world estimates in line.
What real-world estimates can’t do is reveal where the turtles came from. That’s where Putman’s model comes in handy. The ocean-current data suggest that turtles in that area in the summer of 2010 likely came from Mexico: Between 43 and 63 percent of greens, 60 and 66 percent of loggerheads, and more than 99 percent of Kemp’s ridleys were from Mexico populations, the researchers report today (Dec. 22) in the journal Biology Letters.
A third of the green turtles in the area likely hailed from Costa Rica, and as many as 16 percent may have come from Suriname in South America, the researchers found. About a third of the loggerheads probably came from the United States. Up to 4 percent of green turtles in the region may have come all the way from Guinea Bissau in West Africa.
To describe these different populations, Putman used the analogy of a bank account. If a bank loses $100,000, he said, it’s important to know which accounts the money was withdrawn from. “It doesn’t matter just that $100,000 got lost,” he said.
There are limitations to the study, the researchers wrote, particularly in that sea turtles don’t have to go with the flow when migrating. But scientists don’t know the extent to which such deliberate swimming affects sea turtles’ routes.
Despite uncertainties, the new simulations could help to inform policy, Putman said. Fishermen, for example, might need to lower their acceptable rate of accidental bycatch of turtles if the impacts of the spill turn out to be great. And the results show that efforts to monitor and repair turtle habitats should reach beyond the gulf, Putman said.
“Turtles aren’t the only dispersive and migratory taxa,” Putman said. “Hopefully, this will push people to consider other animals that might be transient through the gulf.”
This video says about itself:
22 May 2015
Watch the extraordinary testimony of his captors, who say they got $40,000 extra for the kidnap and murder of the union man.
More on this story here.
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Kidnapped trade unionist speaks of ordeal
Saturday 17th october 2015
A COLOMBIAN trade unionist who was kidnapped and tortured after challenging oil companies will today bring his fight for justice to Wales, writes Luke James.
Gilberto Torres was held in insect-infested pits, tortured and made to watch fellow captives being dismembered in a 42 day ordeal in 2002.
Tonight he will share his story with trade unionists and campaigners at Cardiff’s Temple of Peace during an evening of Colombian food, music and performances.
“I want to discuss what action British people can take to stop the damage that multinationals are causing to human rights and the environment around the globe,” he said before the meeting.
And his solicitor Sue Willman said: “Gilberto Torres is risking his safety by suing oil companies in the UK and by coming here to seek the truth.”
This video says about itself:
Indigenous culture exhibition sponsored by…BP?! Unsurprisingly, there was a protest
On 21 April 2015, the British Museum‘s BP-sponsored ‘Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisation’ press launch was disrupted by activists, criticising oil sponsorship and calling for the repatriation of stolen indigenous objects.
By Joana Ramiro in Britain:
Monday 20th July 2015
AN “unsanctioned performance” broke out at the British Museum yesterday as environmental campaigners stopped visitors from entering an exhibition sponsored by oil giant BP.
“It is also hypocritical.
“Our lands and cultures are under threat from multinational organisations, determined to extract selfish wealth from the earth, regardless of the environmental, emotional and cultural damage caused.
“If it was genuinely concerned with the welfare, sovereignty and intellectual knowledge of indigenous nations, at a global level, it would cease its insatiable thirst for extracting fossil fuels from the ground and poisoning our air with them.”
Leaders of the Dja Dja Wurrung people in central Victoria unsuccessfully took legal action against the British Museum in 2005 in a bid to return artefacts belonging to their rare bark art heritage.
Environmental group BP or not BP, which campaigns for an end to the oil group’s sponsorship of art, organised the day’s events.
Spokeswoman Jess Worth said: “It’s hard to imagine a more inappropriate and insensitive sponsor for this exhibition than BP.
“The company is driving the very climate change that is threatening indigenous communities around the world, while pushing to drill four offshore wells in Australia, deeper than Deepwater Horizon.”
The British Museum had not commented at the time of going to press.
HUNDREDS of protesters invaded London’s British Museum yesterday in an anti-oil protest festival, as pressure for the gallery to drop BP’s sponsorship mounts. Arts and environmental groups including Art Not Oil and Liberate Tate hosted a series of performances in many of the museum’s rooms, highlighting the disastrous consequences of fossil fuel extraction: here.
Scotland: EDINBURGH Festival performers joined a group of environmental campaigners yesterday to protest against the event’s most controversial sponsor, oil company BP: here.
In a federal courtroom in New Orleans on Monday, oil giant British Petroleum (BP) finalized a $20.8 billion settlement of a civil suit stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the worst environmental disaster in American history: here.