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Ritual for the Permafrost

We know the Siberian permafrost is melting

October 28, 2017 – Activists for Earth Justice: At the British Museum’s “Scythian Warriors of Ancient Siberia” exhibit, Reverend Billy Talen began his sermon, “How can BP be the sponsor of the very thing it’s destroying?”

The BP “Helios” logo is taken from the Greek God of the Sun. But BP is oil, not solar. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Then the Church of Stop Shopping Choir and BP or Not BP? performed the Ritual for the Permafrost.

“…The performance began with a poignant sermon on the hypocrisy and deception of BP from Reverend Billy, spoken from the entrance of the exhibition and under several large BP-branded banners. The performers then suddenly emerged from the surrounding crowds and began to wrap themselves in large dark black bags, creating poignant sculptures with their bodies on the white stone floor. With hands and limbs protruding from holes in the bags and coated in gold paint, their bodies evoked the ornate golden artefacts on display in the exhibition.

As the song ended, the performers unwrapped themselves and transformed their bags into a large puppet-like wave of black oil that eerily slowly ebbed and flowed out the museum’s entrance…”

READ MORE: Reverend Billy Leads Ritual for the Permafrost at British Museum | BP or Not BP?

In terms of BP’s contribution to climate change, its patronage of the British Museum is truly Ironic. But then, public relations (PR) often is.

“The British Museum… is a public institution dedicated to human history, art and culture. Its permanent collection, numbering some 8 million works, is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence and originates from all continents, illustrating and documenting the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present.”

READ MORE: British Museum | Wikipedia

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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends–with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.


  1. stuartbramhall

    I love Reverend Billy. He’s been going for a long time. I first learned about his work in the film Culture Jam, which came out in 2001.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Interesting. I’ll keep an eye out for Culture Jam. Thanks!

  2. Rosaliene Bacchus

    Thank you, Reverend Billy. BP’s behavior can be likened to that of a heroin addict, powerless to save himself from self-destruction.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Yes, and it’s time for ‘tough love’ before the addict takes us all down with him.

  3. Animalista Untamed

    Oh the irony. I didn’t know about this. Amazing, thank you for sharing JoAnn


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