The movie Dirty Oil is released today. It is a documentary, backed by the Co-operative Group and WWF. The film is part of a growing campaign to rein in the extraction of oil from tar sands – £250 billion poured in to an energy source that is the dirtiest and most carbon-intensive around.
As Anthony Samson charted in his 1976 book, The Seven Sisters, the big oil companies tend to do what they want. But there is one exception. When there is a coalition of civil society, ethical investors and companies, as with the Body Shop, the Ogoni peoples and Shell, the scales can be tipped towards accountability.
This is a campaign that is getting bigger all the time. Watch out – the co-operative movement is on the move.