Protestors accuse BP of damaging environment and climate ahead of company AGM
The global Annual General Meeting of oil giant BP will face protests in Aberdeen from representatives of indigenous groups and climate change campaigners.
BP’s oil and gas extraction in a number of countries has serious harmful impacts on local communities and environment, and is being resisted by indigenous groups in Mozambique, Alaska, and Brazil.
In Mozambique, BP is funding the expansion of gas extraction in a region recently hit by two of the African continent’s most deadly storms. Scientists tell us that global warming, driven by fossil fuels like gas, is making such storms more frequent and more dangerous.
Ilham Rawoot, Justiça Ambiental (JA!)/Friends of the Earth Mozambique said:
“BP will be the sole buyer of gas from the Coral LNG Project in Mozambique, which is led by Eni, and is displacing and destroying the livelihoods of thousands of local people and devastating the environment. The development will affect the UNESCO-protected Quirimbas Archipelago at risk, home to coral reefs and a wide diversity of marine and terrestrial species including the endangered sei whale, Indian yellow-nosed albatross and loggerhead turtle. The environmental impact assessment shows that just this one project will increase the greenhouse gas emissions of Mozambique by 10% by 2022.”
“BP must pull out of this and all other fossil fuel projects. The people and planet must come first.”
After the protest, activists will go inside the AGM to ask BP to close these destructive projects and phase out their fossil fuel operations.
Caroline Rance, Friends of the Earth Scotland Climate Campaigner, who will be attending the AGM, commented,
“BP’s activities are driving lethal changes to our climate which are hitting the world’s poorest hardest. Communities affected by BP oil and gas extraction in Mozambique, Alaska and Brazil are here today to demand that they stop these damaging projects.
“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 stop wrecking indigenous communities and the global climate and put its fossil fuel operations into a managed decline.
“Real climate leadership means making tough decisions now that put us on a path to a climate safe future. A Just Transition for workers and communities currently dependent on high carbon industries here in Scotland is an essential part of that.”
BP plan to increase oil production by an additional 900 thousand barrels per day by 2021, despite the company claiming that they are acting on climate change (1).
The “Sea Change” report published on last week found that the UK’s oil and gas drilling plans, and Scottish Government’s support for them, are incompatible with responding to the climate emergency.
It found that the UK’s 5.7 billion barrels of oil and gas in already operating oil and gas fields will exceed the UK’s share in relation to the Paris climate goals – whereas industry and government aim to extract 20 billion barrels. It also demonstrated that given the right policies, clean industries could create more than three jobs for every North Sea oil job at risk, which can enable an ‘equivalent job guarantee’ for every oil worker. (2)
NOTES TO EDITORS
Activists will gather for a photocall at 10am outside the Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre ahead of the BP AGM. Media are invited to send photographers or film crews if they wish to interview people.
Details of the BP Annual General Meeting https://www.bp.com/en/global/corporate/investors/annual-general-meeting.html
1. BP have plans to increase production by an additional 900 thousand barrels of oil per day by 2021 (https://www.bp.com/content/dam/bp/business-sites/en/global/corporate/pdfs/investors/bp-fourth-quarter-2018-results-presentation-slides-and-script.pdf). An assessment by Share Action found BP’s plans were consistent with global warming of at least 3 degrees C. The Paris deal requires Governments to pursue efforts to limit warming to 1.5 degrees C
BP are a significant global operator of frontier and unconventional methods of oil and gas extraction including fracking in Argentina, deep sea and arctic drilling, and tar sands https://gofossilfree.org/uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2018/09/03_09_18_FINAL-VERSION-divest-fracking-report-.pdf
More on the Coral LNG project https://www.ran.org/the-understory/lng-destroys-villages/
2. The report ‘Sea Change: Climate Emergency, Jobs and Managing the Phase-Out of UK Oil and Gas Extraction’ is available at: https://foe.scot/resource/sea-change-climate-report/
3. Friends of the Earth Scotland is
* Scotland’s leading environmental campaigning organisation
* An independent Scottish charity with a network of thousands of supporters and active local groups across Scotland
* Part of the largest grassroots environmental network in the world, uniting over 2 million supporters, 75 national member groups, and some 5,000 local activist groups.
4. Ja! For Change are Friends of the Earth’s partner organisation in Mozambique: https://ja4change.wordpress.com/