This week, the bosses of the most polluting oil companies in the world are meeting at a luxury hotel in London. They’re devising new ways of drilling for more climate wrecking fossil fuels and profiting off the cost of living crisis to keep your bills high.
But these oil executives haven’t had a warm welcome. Hundreds of people have descended on the hotel today to deliver a simple message: Big Oil must pay for their climate crimes.
Greenpeace activists have joined with Fossil Free London and other groups to block the streets around the venue in an attempt to disrupt the event. Greenpeace activists arrived with freestanding images of people in their homes and local environments which have been hit by climate change.
The portraits are taken from Gideon Mendel’s photo series Drowning World. They are not disempowered victims: in their encounter with the camera they invite us to bear witness to the calamity that has befallen them.