Just before 3pm this afternoon, Extinction Rebellion have returned to the Esso West oil terminal in West London as the 7th day of action at oil facilities around the UK takes place.
4 people have climbed on top of 2 oil trucks as they attempted to leave the terminal to deliver fuel to petrol stations in the South West. Everyone is locked on to the truck using concrete tubes and they have draped banners across the trucks that say ‘NO MORE OIL’ and ‘END FOSSIL FUELS NOW’.
The group intends to stay for as long as possible. The action is taking place as the Just Stop Oil coalition also block oil refineries with 25 young people occupying Navigator Terminal, the largest in the UK, and 19 people are blocking West Thurrock Way.
The groups will continue to block oil refineries until the government agrees to end all new fossil fuel investments.
Alanna Byrne of Extinction Rebellion, said: “It should come as no surprise that people are taking action like this, that they feel they have to seek collective empowerment when faced with the contradiction of the IPCC report warning of global annihilation due to the continued use of fossil fuels, while the government continues to seek fossil fuel expansion and support corporate interest over people’s lives and livelihoods.
“Many of those involved in these actions are young, they know what they face and what people around the world are facing already, and they’re not going to be bystanders while they are continuously lied to by their own government about climate inaction. Scientists are telling us it’s now or never, so if the government won’t act like that’s the reality then we will.”
Just yesterday the latest IPCC report came out and the media barely noticed. The Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres put it bluntly in his speech: “The jury has reached a verdict. And it is damning. This report is a litany of broken climate promises. It is a file of shame, cataloguing the empty pledges that put us firmly on track towards an unlivable world.
“This is not fiction or exaggeration. It is what science tells us will result from our current energy policies. Some government and business leaders are saying one thing – but doing another. Simply put, they are lying. And the results will be catastrophic.”
Antonio Guterres concluded: “Climate activists are sometimes depicted as dangerous radicals. But the truly dangerous radicals are the countries that are increasing the production of fossil fuels. Investing in new fossil fuels infrastructure is moral and economic madness.
Leaders must lead, but all of us can do our part. We owe a debt to young people, civil society and indigenous communities for sounding the alarm and holding leaders accountable. We need to build on their work to create a grassroots movement that cannot be ignored. If you live in a big city, a rural area or a small island state, if you invest in the stock market, if you care about justice and our children’s futures I am appealing directly to you. Demand an end to all fossil fuel subsidies.”
The disruption at oil facilities in the UK is a preface to the Rebellion beginning in London on April 9th. Extinction Rebellion is calling on everyone watching the current protests to join them at Hyde Park on the day at 10am to finally bring an end to fossil fuels. We will return to the streets day after day until our immediate demand – for the UK government to immediately end all new fossil fuel investments – is met. Find out more about the Rebellion here.
ABOUT EXTINCTION REBELLION
Time has almost entirely run out to address the ecological crisis which is upon us, including the 6th mass species extinction, global pollution, and increasingly rapid climate change. If urgent and radical action isn’t taken, we’re heading towards 4˚C warming, and the societal collapse and mass loss of life that that implies. The younger generation, racially marginalised communities and the Global South are on the front-line. No-one will escape the devastating impacts.
Extinction Rebellion believes it is a citizen’s duty to rebel, using peaceful civil disobedience, when faced with criminal inactivity by their Government.
Extinction Rebellion’s key demands are:
- Government must tell the truth by declaring a climate and ecological emergency, working with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change.
- Government must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.
- Government must create and be led by the decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice.
- In the UK, come to one of our events, join the Rebellion Network and let us know how you can help out.
- Start a group where you are: in the UK or around the world.
- Find your local group.
- Check out the International XR website, with links to the French, German, Italian and UK websites.
- While you’re at it, support our fundraiser!
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