Greenpeace activists ‘shut down’ BP’s London headquarters with barricades blaming the firm for ‘fuelling the climate emergency’
- Activists blocked all five entrances to the headquarters in St James’s Square
- Workers arrived this morning to find themselves unable to enter the building
- Greenpeace has used containers weighing several tonnes to block the doors
Activists have ‘shut down’ the London headquarters of BP, using barricades to stop its staff entering.
Greenpeace campaigners blocked all five entrances of the building in St James’s Square at 3am.
Workers arrived to find they were unable to enter as protesters wearing helmets sat on top of each container.
The activists have accused BP of ‘fuelling a climate emergency that threatens millions of lives’.
Greenpeace activists (pictured in St James’s Square, London, this morning) have blocked five entrances to the BP HQ using containers
The activists (pictured in London this morning) have lowered huge containers and placed them at every entrance to the BP headquarters
The activists have placed containers (pictured) weighing several tonnes each at every entrance to the headquarters
Staff arrived this morning to find the headquarters of BP had been shut down by Greenpeace activists (pictured outside the building today)
The environmentalist group tweeted: ‘We’ve just shut down BP’s HQ. Volunteers have set up camp inside 5 containers blocking the building’s entrances.
‘This is a #ClimateEmergency and there is no place for companies like @BP_plc in our future. #BPshutdown.’
Protesters have blocked BP staff from entering their own building as they demand the firm stop searching for oil
Activists (pictured on the crates this morning) have demanded that BP invests solely in renewable energy
They added: ‘We’ve shut down @BP_plc’s HQ because business as usual is just not an option.
‘They are fuelling a #ClimateEmergency that threatens millions of lives. BP must clean up or clear out #BPshutdown.’
Greenpeace UK said that it had targeted them on the evening of the company’s annual general meeting.
The activists’ demands include BP immediately ending all exploration for new oil. They also want the firm to invest solely in renewable energy.
A statement Greenpeace released today said: ‘BP has bowed to pressure from shareholders by backing a motion at tomorrow’s AGM asking the company to demonstrate how it is aligned with the Paris climate agreement.
‘But BP plans to expand its oil and gas production at a time when it needs to be dramatically reduced.’
A spokesman for Greenpeace said that by 8am police had attempted to clear the area of pedestrians but had not made any arrests.
Paul Morozzo, one of the volunteers in the containers, said: ‘For too long, BP and the oil industry have paid lip service to climate action while lying and lobbying against it behind the scenes and spending billions scouring the world for more oil and gas.
‘The reality is that BP’s whole business plan is a heavy bet against our hopes to avoid a climate catastrophe and must change.’
The boxes feature photos from photographer Gideon Mendel’s Drowning World project, which looks at the impact of the climate emergency on people across the globe.
According to Greenpeace’s research, BP is outspending other oil giants on lobbying campaigns against climate action and spent £12.6 billion adding to its oil and gas reserves in 2018. Greenpeace said only £392.8 was invested in alternatives to fossil fuels.