Climate campaigners this morning sprayed fake oil on London offices with links to the fossil fuel industry.
At other locations, they glued themselves to buildings, hung banners and left handprints in fake oil and blood.
The offices included oil companies, the service industry, law and PR firms, a bank and a think tank.
13 different groups took part in the protests, including six sections of Extinction Rebellion.
They urged the companies to cut their ties to the fossil fuel industry
Plastics Rebellion sprayed fake oil outside Ineos offices in Knightsbridge. The company holds the largest number of UK onshore shale gas licences, as well as producing, refining and importing hydrocarbons.
Fake oil was also sprayed at the offices of the law firm, Eversheds Sutherland, which has represented ExxonMobil, as well as onshore oil and gas companies, including Cuadrilla, IGas and Ineos.
Activists from XR East of England and XR Youth poured fake oil over a globe at the offices of the oil services company, Schlumberger, in central London. The company, recently renamed SLB, has worked for Cuadrilla and UK Oil & Gas plc.
XR Cymru targeted the PR company, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, which has worked for Cuadrilla, Ineos and IGas, as well as ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron and Saudi Aramco. It provided the secretariat for the former all party parliamentary group on unconventional oil and gas at Westminster and managed communications for the Egyptian government at the recent COP27 climate conference.
At BP’s London offices at St James Square, activists sprayed fake oil across doors, walls and windows. They also displayed banners accusing BP of putting big profits before people and the planet.
Other targets included: Church House, the headquarters of the Church of England, which continues to invest in fossil fuels; the free-market think tank, the Institute of Economic Affairs, which has questioned the scientific consensus on climate change; JP Morgan bank, one of the largest fossil fuel financiers; and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the government department responsible for the North Sea Transition Authority, which recently offered new oil and gas licences in the North Sea.
Deb Elliott, a business manager from Reigate, Surrey, who took part in the BP protest, said:
“Despite indisputable scientific evidence that the fossil fuel economy has created a climate crisis which is threatening the very life of the planet, BP continues to operate unhindered, supported by a web of collaborators such as law firm Eversheds Sutherland and oilfield services provider Schlumberger.
“We are asking these companies, which are all complicit in the continuing destruction of the planet, to cut the ties to the fossil fuel industry.”
Dr Ines Smyth, 73, a humanitarian worker from Oxford, who protested outside Schlumberger’s offices, said:
“I am supporting the protest out of concern that among those contributing to the climate crisis are the ones who hide away, out of the public gaze, behind the big oil companies to which they provide their services.
“Powerful companies like Schlumberger, which contribute most to climate chaos, are those which are in the best position to contribute to a fair transition by using their expertise and technology.”