Summary: Climate activist Greta Thunberg, along with other protesters, disrupted a meeting of oil and gas company executives in central London. The protesters aimed to block access to the conference venue and accused fossil fuel companies of impeding the global energy transition. Thunberg emphasized the need to physically disrupt these conferences to hold the oil industry accountable. Five people were arrested during the protest, and environmental groups plan to continue their demonstrations throughout the forum.
Climate activist Greta Thunberg joined dozens of protesters outside an InterContinental Hotel in central London to disrupt a meeting of oil and gas company executives. The Energy Intelligence Forum, hosting executives from companies like Saudi Arabia’s Aramco and Norway’s Equinor, was targeted by the protesters. They attempted to block access to the conference venue by sitting on the sidewalk and displayed banners with messages such as ‘oily money out’ and ‘cancel the conference’. Greenpeace activists even abseiled down from the hotel’s roof to unveil a banner reading ‘make big oil pay’.
Thunberg and the protesters accused fossil fuel companies of deliberately hindering the transition to renewable energy in order to maximize their profits. Thunberg stated, ‘The world is drowning in fossil fuels…the fossil fuel industries were well aware of the consequences of their business models, and yet they have done nothing.’ She emphasized the need to physically disrupt such conferences to show that the oil industry cannot escape accountability.
During the protest, five people were arrested on suspicion of obstructing a highway, and officers remained on the site. Environmental groups have announced their plan to continue protesting throughout the three-day forum.
Greta Thunberg gained global recognition for her weekly protests outside the Swedish Parliament, demanding stronger actions against climate change. She has recently been fined for disobeying police during an environmental protest in Sweden.
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