Greenpeace activists shut down BP offices ahead of AGM

Greenpeace climate activists have blocked the entrances to BP's HQ in London

"Climate science is clear that we urgently need to phase out fossil fuels, yet BP are doing everything they can to squeeze every last drop". "BP must clean up or clear out".

The activists encased themselves in five containers that were placed in front of entrances using a crane, before being removed by police. "But the oil industry absolutely must stop searching for new oil & gas!"

Climbers have also descended from the roof and stuck the words "CLIMATE EMERGENCY" across the front of the building.

Paula Radley, a Greenpeace activist now encased inside one of the metal containers, wrote in a blog post published Monday that companies like BP "need to stop exploring for oil or wind down their business".

The containers feature photographs from Gideon Mendel's Drowning World project, which looks at the impact of the climate emergency on people worldwide. The boxes, with two activists in each, had food, drink, toilets, lights, books and games inside.

"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".

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Later Monday, London's Metropolitan Police said four people had been arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass.

But as BP's 2018 carbon emissions rose to their highest in six years, the London-based major is being lobbied by activists and an increasing number of shareholders to ensure its operations are in line with goals set by the 2015 Paris climate deal to curb global warming.

BP said of the demonstration: "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".

Parts of the square were screened off with police tape and a handful of officers patrolled the cordon.

The blockade follows two weeks of central London protests over climate change organised by extinction Rebellion, which saw key travel routes in the capital - including Waterloo Bridge, Oxford Circus and Marble Arch - brought to a standstill by thousands of activists.

"There isn't a future in oil. At their AGM tomorrow BP's Bob Dudley has a choice - he can immediately end oil exploration and start switching to 100% renewables or wind down the company".



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