On Saturday, I went to the Arnolfini in Bristol for C Words, an investigation into carbon, climate, capital and culture, developed and implemented by the arts, social justice and ecology group PLATFORM and several other collaborating organisations. Over the past seven weeks, the Arnolfini has hosted a series of installations, workshops, actions, discussions and exhibitions leading up to the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen which opens on December 5th.

I first came across PLATFORM several years ago, at another event at the Arnolfini, when I performed some poems at a Remember Saro-Wiwa evening. One of these poems, Prudhoe Bay, had been published in Dance the Guns to Silence, an anthology focusing on social and ecological justice to mark the tenth anniversary of Ken Saro-Wiwa’s execution.

I was thrilled that this same poem, Prudhoe Bay, was chosen to be featured at the C Words exhibition over the past seven weeks – it was one of several poems to be chalked onto a huge blackboard in the foyer of the Arnolfini Gallery. I wish I’d had time to make lots of visits to Bristol so that I could have participated in the C Words season more fully, but at least I got a flavour of the inspiring environmental art and activism that’s been going on.

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