Members of the extinction rebellion activist group have “blocked” Shell’s regional headquarters in Aberdeen.
The protesters arrived at 6.30 this morning, securing the entrances with blocking equipment and blocking the main door with the Extinction Rebellion boat, called Amal Gous.
The organization said it intends to carry out the climate protest at the Tullos base “all day, with the aim of closing the building to interrupt business as usual.”
Scotland police are in place and are in contact with both Shell and protesters, while motorists are advised to avoid the area.
In response, Shell said it agreed that “urgent measures are needed” that require “effective policies, investments in technology and changes in customer behavior.”
Extinction Rebellion said its “Red Rebel Brigade” will also be in Aberdeen today, with a protest taking place in the city center, starting at the train station at 1pm before moving on to Union Street and then to Aberdeen Harbor.
Activist Jessica Cowell, a 28-year-old Edinburgh soil scientist, said: “We are trying to block Shell headquarters and we are taking demand to stop the development of fossil fuel infrastructure at the gates of corporations.” .
“The best science in the world tells us that we are on the road to a catastrophic climate catastrophe, as evidenced by fires in Australia and floods in Indonesia, and it is getting worse.”
“We need to stay below 1.5 degrees Celsius, but we are on our way to more than 3 degrees of warming, which would be devastating.
“We are demanding a community-led transition away from fossil fuels. If we don’t prepare people for the transition, they will be left behind. ”
Extinction Rebellion Scotland is blocking the entrances to the @Shell_UKLtd offices in Aberdeen.
– Extinction Rebellion Scotland 🌍 (@ScotlandXr) January 16, 2020
A spokesman for Shell said: “The greatest awareness of climate change we have seen in recent months is a good thing.
“As a company, we agree that urgent measures are needed. What will really accelerate change is an effective policy, investment in technological innovation and deployment, and change in customer behavior.
“As we move towards a future with less carbon emissions, we are committed to playing our role, addressing our own emissions and helping customers reduce theirs, because we all have a role to play.”
The protest is part of a two-week campaign aimed at the fossil fuel industry.
Protests were organized last week on a lifting platform in the port of Dundee, which must do work for Shell in the North Sea of the United Kingdom and the Scottish Parliament.
Former oil worker Neil Rothnie said the industry’s strategy of maximizing economic recovery (MER), which has the support of the government and could deliver another 20 billion barrels of the North Sea, should not go ahead.
Mr. Rothnie also emphasized that there should be a “fair” transition that ensures that oil workers are served and have alternative employment opportunities as the energy transition progresses.
He added: “Workers always pay the price when accidents occur or when there is a fall in the price of oil.”
“The energy transition will take place sooner rather than later and workers will pay unless there is a concerted effort to ensure a just transition.
“They can’t be treated like miners. The miners, their families and their communities were attacked. “
Scott Herrett, a 43-year-old researcher from Aberdeen, also protested.
He said: “Shell is fueling the climate crisis by exploring and extracting fossil fuels.
“We are here to demand that Shell stop exploring for more fossil fuels. What they are doing is against the science of what we must do to respond to climate change.
“We call for a transition away from oil and gas. Cities like Aberdeen depend on oil, so we understand that it will be a difficult process, but we have no other option to start using fossil fuels. ”
Scotland’s local police area commander for Aberdeen South, Chief Inspector Davie Howieson, said: “Officers are currently attending a peaceful protest on Wellington Road, Aberdeen, outside Shell’s facilities.
“On Thursday, January 16, the road was blocked around 6.45 in the morning, and road users are advised to avoid the area at the moment.
“We are in contact with both Shell and the protest organizers, Extinction Rebellion.”