Greenpeace stages week-long blockade of BP’s headquarters

Greenpeace stages week-long blockade of BP’s headquarters

A few of the angriest and most active of the Greenpeace activists are now encased in shipping containers in central London like little David Blaine tribute acts, as the environmental protesters turn their fury on BP for all that potentially troubling stuff it does with oil.

The containers, each weighing several tonnes, are being used to blockade all five entrances to prevent staff from entering BP's offices in St James's Square.

"We welcome discussion, debate, even peaceful protest on the important matter of how we must all work together to address the climate challenge", the BP statement added.

The group accused BP of "fuelling" the emergency and called on the company to "end the search for new oil and gas and start a rapid switch to 100% renewables".

Officers have not yet made any arrests and roads remain open.

Greenpeace activists position one of the heavy containers outside BP headquarters. "BP must clean up or clear out", Morozzo said.

"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".

"If BP does not do that.it should wind down its operations entirely and go out of business".

The toughened containers weigh several tonnes, Greenpeace said, making them incredibly hard to remove.

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

BP, which employs 73,000 people, produces 3.8 million barrels of oil equivalent per day - more than OPEC members such as United Arab Emirates or Kuwait.

Tomorrow it is expected to outline how it will honour the Paris agreement, but Greenpeace said it is expanding oil and gas production when it must be "dramatically reduced".

The UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF)'s recent survey of fund managers behind £7.7 trillion worth of assets found 86 per cent wanted closer alignment between energy firms and global warming targets.

The protest took place just weeks after protesters carried out a similar operation targeting Shell's headquarters at the height of the Extinction Rebellion campaign.

They also targeted the London Stock Exchange and Canary Wharf Station, glueing themselves to the LSE and also to two Docklands Light Railway trains.

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