Shell AGM disrupted, and Vanguard and BlackRock targeted by XR, Fossil Free London and allies
May 23, 2023 by Extinction Rebellion
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Three strikes in one day against the fossil fuel crooks and financial firms funding climate breakdown
Scores of activists from Extinction Rebellion and Fossil Free London unleashed a new wave of disruption and protest today (Tuesday) against fossil fuel giant Shell and two of their major financiers Blackrock and Vanguard.
Dozens of protesters from the two groups infiltrated Shell’s AGM at the Excel Centre in London, preventing the event from starting for an hour with songs, chants, and protest speeches.
Later in the meeting protesters attempted to storm the stage but were prevented by a ring of security guards before being manhandled out of the hall.
A series of protesters interrupted an opening speech by Shell Chair Andrew Mackenzie by standing on their chairs to list the company’s crimes against the climate, chanting “Shell, Shell, go to hell!”
An activist choir sang versions of Hit the road, Jack and Highway to Hell that called for the immediate shut-down of Shell’s global operations.
The first person to stand up was Extinction Rebellion activist Dirk Campbell who told Shell executives and shareholders: “Your record-breaking profits are producing record-breaking floods, famines and heatwaves. We are putting you on notice that either you shut down Shell or we will do it for you.”
Greenpeace, Global Justice Now! Medact and Quakers for Climate Justice were amongst the supporting groups sat down singing songs outside the conference centre.
Simultaneously, Extinction Rebellion activists staged dramatic protests outside BlackRock and Vanguard, two financial investment giants who are pouring billions into the funding of fossil fuel projects that are driving the world toward a climate meltdown, and who are major shareholders in Shell.
One activist wore a giant Rishi Sunak head that spewed oil over a model of the Earth to highlight the close financial links between the Prime Minister’s family and the fossil fuel industry.
A team of Oil Slickers in long black capes protested about the government’s decision to greenlight drilling licences for the new Jackdaw gas field in the North Sea at a time when climate experts are warning that no new fossil fuel projects can be launched if the world is to avoid runaway climate change.
Speakers from communities in Nigeria told of the terrible decimation the actions of Shell have had on their water, food and community, as a “clean up team”, dressed in Hazmat suits arrived and closed off the area to clean the ‘toxic oil spill’.
The activists, affiliated with Extinction Rebellion, called for “an end to the issuing of any new oil & gas field licences in the North Sea”, on top of a “rapid and just energy transition to renewables”
One of the protestors Olivia said: “The root causes of the cost of living crisis are not the war in Ukraine nor fuel shortages, but the calculated and profligate profiteering of fossil fuel companies hell-bent on more pollution and perpetuating global heating with disastrous consequences for human civilisation.”
Today’s disruptive actions and protests were the latest escalation of an ongoing national campaign by Extinction Rebellion, sister movement Money Rebellion and allies such as Fossil Free London that has seen the AGMs of banks such as HSBC, Barclays and Lloyds Banking Group targeted by activists determined to stop the funding and expansion of the fossil fuel industry.
Notes for Editors
Rishi Sunak accused of conflict of interest over wife’s links to oil giant Shell https://bylinetimes.com/2022/07/19/rishi-sunaks-family-profiting-from-ties-to-oil-giant-shell/ and https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/rishi-sunak-accused-conflict-interest-27618987
Shell has made profits of nearly £10 billion between January and March this year https://www.theguardian.com/business/2023/may/04/shell-makes-record-quarterly-profits-of-nearly-10bn
Shell’s North Sea Jackdaw gas field gets final regulatory approval
Shell in Nigeria https://news.mongabay.com/2023/05/as-shell-eni-quit-niger-delta-state-backed-report-describes-legacy-of-carnage/ and https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2023-05-15/oil-majors-face-call-for-12-billion-to-repair-nigeria-damage?leadSource=uverify%20wall
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Vanguard_Group and https://www.benefitnews.com/news/vanguard-customers-protests-its-actions-on-climate-change
BlackRock https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BlackRock and https://www.commondreams.org/opinion/blackrock-investment-climate-change
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