After a busy time and an untended blog, I return with news of a lovely action by the “Art Not Oil” coalition at the National Portrait Gallery.
Tonight, the gallery is celebrating its 25th year of BP sponsorship of the Portrait Awards, and to mark this sorry milestone in green-washing, we launch our short film of the serene “25 Portraits In Oil” action that took place in the gallery at the weekend.
‘Art Not Oil’ staged a peaceful visual protest at the National Portrait Gallery at the weekend.
While BP are celebrating their long association with the gallery, Archbishop Desmond Tutu says:“Twenty-five years ago people could be excused for not knowing much, or doing much, about climate change. Today we have no excuse.
Those companies primarily responsible for emitting carbon and accelerating climate change are simply not going to give up. They need a whole lot of gentle persuasion from the likes of us.
We can encourage our universities and municipalities and cultural institutions to cut their ties to the fossil-fuel industry”.
Sponsorship arrangements with prestigious art institutions provide oil companies with an image of being “good corporate citizens” while in reality their main business model depends on destroying a safe and habitable climate for all of us.
The amount of finance they contribute to institutions is actually tiny in terms of overall budgets, and if oil companies paid their taxes without huge subsidies and massive loopholes, the money raised would hugely exceed the small contributions the oil companies make in return for their and apparent generosity.
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