MASS ACTION CALL OUT
When: Saturday, 15th May
Meet: 1PM at Oxford Circus
Bring: a zone 1-2 tube pass, noisemakers, your friends & family and your
Oxford Circus meeting point map: http://tinyurl.com/OCnw-SVmap
Shutting down a petrol station for 5 hours on a sunny Saturday afternoon
was so much fun we’re going to do it again. Shell’s Hell – in the tar
sands and beyond – is next in the firing line.
Party 1 had Samba, twin sound systems, a live Ceilidh band, face-painting,
free cakes and 200 people. Party 2 will be bigger and better, with
activists joining us from Brighton, Oxford and beyond.
See here for a video of Party at the Pumps Part 1:
And for all you cyclists out there, there will be a special Party at the
Pumps Critical Mass making its way to the party. Meet 1PM at Marble Arch
(under the arch).
Get ready for sunshine, music, and dancing on the forecourt!
Why target Shell?
Party at the Pumps Part 2 is taking place just three days before Shell’s
AGM, where the company will come under fire from shareholders over its
plans in the Canadian tar sands; and a week before the Merthyr to Mayo
solidarity bike ride, which will link two communities in Wales and Ireland
resisting fossil fuel extraction.
Party at the Pumps is in solidarity with communities around the world who
are resisting Shell’s destruction of lives and livelihoods, poisoning of
lands and waters, and fuelling of climate chaos. In Northern Canada,
Shell’s tar sands projects are ignoring First Nations treaty rights,
causing rare forms of cancer and killing wildlife
http://www.ienearth.org/tarsands.html. In Rossport, Ireland, a dangerous
onshore pipeline and massive refinery are transforming an area of
outstanding natural beauty into an environmental disaster zone with
serious public health and safety implications
(http://www.rossportsolidaritycamp.org). And in Nigeria, where Ken
Saro-Wiwa and eight Ogoni colleagues were hung by the Nigerian state for
campaigning against Shell’s devastation of the Niger Delta, resistance to
Shell and Big Oil continues (http://www.remembersarowiwa.com).
These struggles may be happening in distant places, but they are driven
from Shell HQ. On May 15th, we bring the resistance to the heart of
This action is jointly called by London Rising Tide/London Tar Sands
Network and Climate Camp London.
BP hit by tar sands protests in London, Brighton, Oxford and Cambridge
Oil company targeted by nationwide protests in advance of crucial AGM vote
Protesters demand BP pulls out of “the most destructive project on Earth” – the Canadian tar sands
For photos, see http://www.flickr.com/photos/no-tar-sands and http://www.no-tar-sands.org. Brief reports of the London and Oxford actions can be seen at http://www.demotix.com/news/297925/bp-party-pumps and http://www.demotix.com/news/298075/bp-tar-sands-protest-oxford.
Today, oil giant BP was struck by multiple protests over its controversial plans to extract oil from the Canadian tar sands Hundreds of climate activists in London, Brighton, Oxford and Cambridge (2) targeted the company with simultaneous demonstrations and street parties, including forecourt invasions which closed three BP petrol stations in London and Brighton .
Activists hailed the day as a major success, stating that the protests would send a strong message to BP and its investors. Sheila Laughlin of the UK Tar Sands Network said:
“Today, we did exactly what we set out to do – we hit BP’s profits by shutting down their petrol stations, and we hit their brand by informing thousands of people about their destructive tar sands plans. Nearly everyone we spoke to was shocked and outraged by the horrific climate, ecological and human impacts of tar sands extraction. If BP want to completely alienate the UK public, they’re going about it in exactly the right way.”
Meanwhile, a shareholder resolution questioning BP’s role in the tar sands, which is due to be discussed and voted on at their AGM later this week continues to attract interest from shareholders, with a number of major investment funds stating their support for the anti-tar sands resolution in the last few days.
TWO women chained themselves to petrol pumps at a Plympton garage yesterday in a protest aimed at petrol giant BP.
The two women locked themselves to pumps at the BP Chaddlewood Service Station garage in Ridgeway after 2pm in a demonstration against BP’s investment in tar sands oil.
Tar sands is a type of heavy bituminous oil found chiefly in Canada and Venezuela which has been criticised by environmentalists. They claim the extraction process generates two to four times as much greenhouse gas per barrel of product as conventional oil refining.
Six people from the Plymouth Rising Tide (PRT) and Kernow Anarchist Network groups demonstrated, but only two chained themselves to pumps while the others handed out leaflets and held banners.
The station, which is run by a franchise but supplies BP petrol to customers, was shut during the protest. Sarah Mana, of PRT, protested but was not one of those arrested. “We saw it as necessary to make a radical call,” she said. A BP spokesman said: “We support the demonstrators’ right to express their views, but not to put their lives or the lives of others in danger. “Our prime concern was the safety of staff, customers and the site. We apologise to our customers for any inconvenience this caused.”
Two people were arrested by police in connection with the incident.
BP halts launch of ‘Back to Black’ ad campaign
April 1st 2010
For immediate release
BP’s award-winning ‘beyond petroleum’ brand took a hit today when its PR agency attempted to deliver 22,000 revamped BP logos to the company’s headquarters in St. James’ Square.
In a costly case of mistaken brand identity, the ad agency misinterpreted the brief they were given to come up with a new logo that took account of BP’s decision to invest in the Canadian tar sands (1), and launched the multi-million pound ‘Back to Black’ campaign.Hang on a second.
What day is it? April Fools Day, a day for pranks both silly and serious. So here’s what really happened: Posing as representatives of a PR company, climate campaigners played an April Fools Day prank on BP today by delivering 22,000 new logos – one for every BP logo in the UK – to the company’s HQ.
The campaigners, from Rising Tide and the UK Tar Sands Network (2), piled boxes of ‘Back to Black’ logos on BP’s doorstep and installed a matching sign on the building in protest at the company’s reversal of its decision
to stay out of Canada’s controversial tar sands (3).
“BP’s ‘beyond petroleum’ brand was never more than a slick charade. BP’s plans to move into the tar sands reveal the company’s true colours, and they are black, not green. So we’re here today to present BP with a logo
that’s more fitting for a company about to invest in the most destructive project on the planet”, said Tony Wilson of London Rising Tide.
The stunt marks the launch of two weeks of protest against the company ahead of its AGM on 15th April, where shareholders will vote on resolutions challenging BP’s plans to invest in the tar sands (4).
“The Fortnight of Shame, as we’re calling it, will see actions taking place up and down the country, all with a common message. Extraction in the Canadian tar sands is fuelling climate chaos and trampling indigenous rights, and British citizens won’t let BP go into the tar sands without a fight,” said Alice Hargreaves of the UK Tar Sands Network.
The action is also part of Fossil Fools Day, an international day of action against the fossil fuel industry (5).
Contacts for interviews / photos / more information:
07708 794 665
Notes for Editors
1. Canada’s tar sands are spread out over 54,000 square miles of pristine forest in northern Alberta – an area the size of England and Wales combined – and represent the second largest source of proven oil reserves
in the world. Producing crude oil from the tar sands generates up to five times more carbon dioxide than conventional drilling. Tar sands extraction has extremely adverse health consequences for locally affected
communities, and causes deforestation, ecosystem damage and wildlife loss. Canadian First Nations communities have already begun legal proceedings citing breaches of indigenous treaty rights.
2. In 2007, BP reversed its 1999 sell-off of its tar sands holdings by entering a partnership with Husky Energy to develop the Sunrise Project.
3. Rising Tide takes creative direct action against the root causes of climate change and for climate justice. The UK Tar Sands Network is the UK campaign to shut down the tar sands.
4. The BP Fortnight of Shame (April 1 – 15 2010) is a call to action from the UK Tar Sands Network, Rising Tide, the Camp for Climate Action and the Indigenous Environmental Network to pressure BP to reverse their plans to move into Canada’s tar sands. It runs between the Fossil Fools day on April 1st and BP’s Annual General Meeting on April 15th. At the AGM, shareholders will be voting on resolutions which challenge BP’s decision to invest in the tar sands. During the fortnight, grassroots groups across the UK and around the world will be taking action in solidarity with First Nations communities in Canada
5. Fossil Fools Day is an annual international day of action against the fossil fuel industry called by the international Rising Tide network.
PARTY AT THE PUMPS
Saturday, 10 April 2010
Meet 1 PM at Oxford Circus
BP want to start extracting oil from the tar sands, the single most
destructive project on earth – fuelling climate chaos and trampling the
rights of indigenous communities.
We want to stop them!
On Saturday, 10th April, hundreds of people from London and beyond will
gather at the pumps to send a message to BP: “you’re not going into the
tar sands without a fight!”
Come to a mass action! Bring yourselves, your friends, whistles and drums
if you have them, and a Zone 1-2 travel card. Meet at Oxford Circus and be
ready to make a move to our final destination.
Interactive map of meeting point: http://tinyurl.com/OCnw-SVmap
TFL’s Journey Planner: http://journeyplanner.tfl.gov.uk
Expect dancing and drums, sunshine and soundsystems, party and protest.
This action is part of the BP Fortnight of Shame.
Organised by London Rising Tide/London Tar Sands Network, in solidarity
with the Indigenous Environmental Network.
The BP Fortnight of Shame (April 1 – 15 2010) is a call to action from the
UK Tar Sands Network, Rising Tide, the Camp for Climate Action and the
Indigenous Environmental Network to force BP to reverse their crazy plans
to move into Canada’s tar sands. It runs between the annual Fossil Fools
day on April 1st, which in recent years has seen a flurry of action
against the fossil fuels industry, and BP’s Annual General Meeting on
April 15th. Grassroots groups across the UK and around the world, will be
taking action in solidarity with First Nations communities in Canada to
stop BP’s deadly plans in their tracks.
PRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
A high-level delegation from Canada were greeted this morning by protesters with banners that read: “Canadian Tar Sands – Climate Crime”, outside Canada House in Trafalgar Square. The protest, on Thursday 18 March, is part of a growing campaign by UK groups against the tremendous human and ecological devastation caused by extracting oil from Canada’s tar sands – and is taking place in solidarity with First Nations and Canadian environmental justice organizations. The Canadian delegation is being hosted by UK Trade and Investment, a government department that exists to promote the interests of British industry.
“The Canadian and British governments should know that people in the UK are very concerned about the tar sands,” said Alice Hargreaves of the UK Tar Sands Network which has organised the protest along with members of Rising Tide and Camp for Climate Action. “The tar sands are the world’s most destructive project. Canada is ripping up an area larger than England, creating sprawling toxic lakes and ever-expanding carbon emissions. This environmental horror story is violating indigenous peoples’ rights – they are losing their traditional ways of life, and some are getting cancer from the pollution. The tar sands is a project that needs to be stopped, yet British companies like Shell, BP and RBS are involved, and with this event, UK Trade and Investment is actively promoting further British involvement.”
The Canadian government is on a multi-country tar sands promotion tour, seeking to ease the growing concerns of investors, by arguing that ‘carbon capture and storage’ (CCS) technology can reduce the enormous amount of carbon emissions caused by tar sands extraction. Yet this unproven technology can never ‘green’ the tar sands, argue the protesters, and the delegation has already met with similar protests in Norway
“Carbon capture in the tar sands is more of a smokescreen than a silver bullet,” said Clayton Thomas-Muller of the Indigenous Environmental Network. “It is an untested, expensive, long-lead-time technology that has more holes than it does solutions. Only a small portion of carbon emissions from the tar sands can ever be captured using CCS, and it will not prevent the destruction of the boreal forest, or the pollution flowing into local water systems. Our governments shouldn’t be fostering technologies that allow toxic developments like the tar sands to continue, but should be investing in protecting the health of all our communities and building a green, just economy for the future.”
(North America) Clayton Thomas-Muller
Indigenous Environmental Network- 001-613 789 5653
(UK) Suzanne Dhaliwal of the UK Tar Sands Network: Phone: 07530415274