Greenpeace activists 'shut down' BP's London headquarters with stone barricades

20 May, 2019, 23:23 | Author: Darnell Taylor
  • Volunteers blocking out the windows with the words “climate emergency”

A few of the angriest and most active of the Greenpeace activists are now encased in shipping containers in central London like little David Blaine tribute acts, as the environmental protesters turn their fury on BP for all that potentially troubling stuff it does with oil.

The containers, each weighing several tonnes, are being used to blockade all five entrances to prevent staff from entering BP's offices in St James's Square. "BP is fueling a climate emergency that threatens millions of lives and the future of the living world".

Greenpeace putting the containers in place.

"We're shutting down BP's headquarters because business as usual is just not an option", Greenpeace U.K. activist Paul Morozzo said in a statement. BP can't continue as if it's business as usual in this #ClimateEmergency we're in. They are fuelling a #ClimateEmergency that threatens millions of lives.

Greenpeace claims BP is outspending other oil giants on lobbying campaigns against climate action and spent $16bn (£12.6bn) adding to its oil and gas reserves in 2018.

Activists were set to abseil from the top of the building to vandalise windows with letters spelling out "climate emergency" across the facade of BP#s headquarters.

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A spokeswoman for BP said: "We welcome discussion, debate, even peaceful protest on the important matter of how we must all work together to address the climate challenge, but impeding safe entry and exit from an office building in this way is unsafe and clearly a matter for the police to resolve as swiftly as possible".

It comes ahead of BP's AGM which will be held at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) tomorrow as the energy major faces increasing pressure on climate targets.

"We're not saying everyone has to stop using oil immediately".

BP this year backed a resolution being put to investors on Tuesday for it to be more transparent about its emissions, link executive pay to reducing emissions from BP's operations and show how future investments meet the 2015 Paris climate agreement to limit global warming.

A company employee said staff had not been told what was happening.

Their direct action follows the two weeks of chaos caused by Extinction Rebellion in their demonstrations over the climate emergency.

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