Extinction Rebellion dump mounds of manure at BP Scottish offices

Extinction Rebellion Scotland have dumped mounds of manure outside BP’s Aberdeen offices in Dyce today.

Extinction Rebellion activists protest outside BP's Aberdeen offices.
Extinction Rebellion activists protest outside BP's Aberdeen offices.

The group claims that this action will demonstrate to the government and the public that BP are “full of s**t and can't be trusted.”

The manure dump kicks off the third week of the climate change group’s ‘Make the Connections’ campaign which will ‘highlight the collusion between governments, fossil fuels and finance in hampering action on climate and ecological breakdown and putting profit before people.’

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Extinction Rebellion Scotland claims that BP are part of the climate crisis problem as it is one of only 20 companies responsible for a third of all emissions in the last 70 years.

The non-violent climate change activist group dump manure outside BP offices.

An Extinction Rebellion spokesperson said: “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.”

Last month, the oil and gas tycoon partnered with Aberdeen City council to “decarbonise the city.”

BP claims the partnership will explore opportunities such as using hydrogen for transport and mobility and using electrification to develop solutions for clean, low emission vehicles.

However, people have voiced their concerns over the partnership plans.

Yolanda Cowen, Aberdeenshire resident and activist 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?”

Edinburgh resident Mim Black said: “BP’s net zero commitments are full of b******t. 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.”

BP have commented that they are taking action to reduce the emissions they produce.

A BP Spokesperson said: “Our strategy is clear - by the end of the decade we aim to have developed ‎around 50 gigawatts of net renewable generating capacity – a 20-fold increase. We also aim increase our annual low carbon investment 10-fold to around $5 billion and we plan to cut our oil ‎and gas production by 40%.

“Many climate leaders have welcomed this strategic pivot from International Oil Company to Integrated Energy Company, but we recognize that some remain sceptical and that we must demonstrate through our transformation that we are on target for net zero by 2050 or sooner.”

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