WE SMELL SHITE
October 20, 2020
BREAKING: “We can definitely smell shite”: Extinction Rebellion Scotland dumps manure at BP offices in Dyce, Aberdeen to call out BP’s newest green PR spin for what it is: a load of bullshit.
- Extinction Rebellion Scotland have today dumped mounds of manure outside the Dyce offices of BP to call them out on their lies and remind local government, national government and the public that BP are full of shit.
- BP has consistently acted as a barrier to action on climate change while making obscene levels of profit. They must be removed from the conversation.
BP’s Net Zero Target
BP Aberdeen, 1-4 Wellheads Ave, Dyce, Aberdeen, AB21 7PB
Today, Extinction Rebellion Scotland kicks off the third week of direct action campaign Make The Connections by dumping mounds of manure outside the offices of BP in Dyce, Aberdeen to remind local government, national government and the public that BP are full of shit and can’t be trusted.
As Sir David Attenborough put it: “We are facing a man-made disaster on a global scale.” BP is one of only 20 companies responsible for a third of all emissions in the last 70 years. But, as they contributed and profited from climate breakdown, they spread misinformation and doubt; funded climate change deniers and shady think tanks; spent millions on lobbying, spin, marketing – they even invented the concept of the individual ‘carbon footprint’ in a desperate attempt to divert attention away from their own incomparable impacts.
However, last month, BP partnered with Aberdeen City Council to ‘decarbonise the city’.
Yolanda Cowen, from Aberdeen, said; “BP is now advising Aberdeen City Council on decarbonisation and dropping emissions. You wouldn’t trust a tobacco company to provide cancer care, so why are our political representatives allowing the least trustworthy company to muscle in on the most pressing issue of our time? They are literally the last people who should be asked. Based on the evidence – their track record – BP will always put their profits before anything else. This has moved past greenwashing, this is gaslighting.”
BP has and continues to wilfully obstruct diversification of the energy industry, creating a monopoly and crushing any competition. BP cannot be trusted to manage a fair transition. Workers in the North Sea already feel like they are being left behind.
Mim Black, from Edinburgh, said: “BP’s net zero commitments are full of bullshit. They have spent millions on rebranding before with ‘Beyond Petroleum’, while extracting countless barrels of oil and committing human rights abuses in pursuit of profit. Their newest attempt at rebranding, their net zero commitments, are straight out of the PR playbook. We know what a poorly managed transition looks like, and we are heading that way in Aberdeen again. It’s time to get BP out of the decision making room. They will never put themselves out of business, they will never put people before profit.”
Extinction Rebellion Scotland demands that;
- Tell The Truth; Governments must publicly acknowledge that oil companies cannot be trusted to deliver a just and green transition and that continued support for them will only lead to further destruction and suffering for communities across the globe.
- Act Now: BP must be excluded from climate talks and all funding/subsidies must be halted and redirected to providing training in new fields for Scotland’s oil and gas workforce.
- Trust the People, not polluters, to map out a just transition to rapidly dropping carbon emissions to zero.
Activists involved are taking Covid-19 safety precautions, including social distancing, wearing face masks, and avoiding meeting indoors or in large numbers.
Make the Connections campaign is highlighting the collusion between governments, fossil fuels and finance in hampering action on climate and ecological breakdown and putting profit before people.
About Extinction Rebellion Scotland
Extinction Rebellion Scotland is a non-violent direct-action movement formed to take urgent action in the face of climate emergency and ecological catastrophe, as part of the global justice movement.
Our demands, issued as a Declaration of Rebellion to the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government on 24th November 2018, are as follows;
- That the Scottish Government tell the truth about the climate and wider ecological emergency, acknowledge and reverse any policies that help drive the climate crisis, and commit to enabling a rapid and just transition to a sustainable and fair society.
- That the Scottish Government enact legally binding policy measures to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025, including by replacing a system based on accelerating consumption with one based on ensuring the wellbeing of all.
- The creation of a legally binding Scottish Climate Citizens’ Assembly to oversee the changes, as part of creating a democracy fit for purpose and a society that cares for all.