North Sea oil rig occupation
June 2019 • Climate Emergency campaign
A crew of Greenpeace activists set out to stop a BP oil rig setting out drill a new well in the North Sea.
Occupying a platform on the side of the rig, the climbers had enough supplies for several days. But with some sneaky re-supplying from the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise, they stayed in place for two full weeks.
Greenpeace climbers and boat drivers were arrested and went to court in Scotland, where they received community service sentences.
A pop-up doctor’s surgery at Volkswagen HQ
October 2018 • Ditch Diesel campaign
Activists accompanied by real doctors shut down Volkswagen’s head office. They transformed it into a doctors surgery, offering real tests to the car company’s staff.
ICYMI: yesterday, medics & Greenpeace activists shut down Volkswagen's UK Headquarters. Here's what happened… pic.twitter.com/jguPCeflEa
— Greenpeace UK (@GreenpeaceUK) August 21, 2018
Activists dressed as patients chained themselves in front of the doors for several hours. They were arrested and charged with aggravated trespass.
Gatecrashing the ‘bankers banquet’
July 2019 • Climate Emergency campaign
On July 2019, activists interrupted chancellor Philip Hammond as he gave a speech to the UK’s top city bosses.
Moments ago, activists gate-crashed @PhilipHammondUK’s #MansionHouse address. They drowned out his speech with #ClimateEmergency alarms and a new speech fit for the urgency of the crisis. Watch and share: pic.twitter.com/pI0dJVliJk
— Greenpeace UK (@GreenpeaceUK) June 20, 2019
The activists read their own climate emergency speech and disrupted the dinner on live television. Nobody was arrested.
Monkey business at Burger King HQ
September 2019 • Save the Amazon campaign
Activist performers dressed as spider monkeys and their minders communicated with Burger King customers outside their flagship restaurant in London’s Leicester Square.
WATCH THIS: @BurgerKingUK King are flame-grilling the Amazon.
Brazil’s forests are being destroyed for meat and animal feed and the company needs to take a stand.
— Greenpeace UK (@GreenpeaceUK) September 23, 2019
Burger King buys huge quantities of meat and soya from Brazil, where farmers are deliberately burning the Amazon Rainforest to make way for more ranches and plantations.
Climbers unfurled a giant banner calling on Burger King to stop ‘flame grilling’ the Amazon, artists down below created a chalk mural where members of the public were encouraged to write a message to Burger King.
Bringing a carnival to an oil company meeting
June 2018 • Amazon Reef campaign
French oil company Total were planning a risky new drilling operation near the beautiful Amazon Reef off the coast of Brazil. Over 200 activists from around the world invaded Total’s Annual General Meeting in Paris, turning it into a Brazilian-style carnival, and alerting shareholders to the dangers of Total’s plan.
Climbers (who’d been hiding in the conference centre roof before the meeting) dropped giant banners from the ceiling, while a colourful, hundred-strong samba band started playing on the conference floor. Outside, more climbers placed banners around the entrance, while volunteers gave out leaflets to passers-by.
No UK activists were arrested, but some activists were treated roughly by the private security team at the conference.
After two years of campaigning, Brazilian authorities eventually denied Total a license to drill in the area.
A climate emergency at BP’s head office
May 2019 • Climate Emergency campaign
In the small hours of the morning, a huge team of activists arrived at BP’s London HQ carrying five large metal boxes. Each box contained two activists and enough food to last for seven days.
They placed the boxes in front of all the doors, and more activists climbed on top while others blocked access to the boxes by attaching to each other with lock-on arm tubes.
What a climber sees from the roof of @BP_plc’s head office in London. We’ve shutdown the office because BP needs to help solve the #ClimateEmergency, not fuel it with more oil and gas #BPShutdown pic.twitter.com/h4O4t6TWuc
— Greenpeace UK (@GreenpeaceUK) May 20, 2019
After eight hours, the activists on top of the boxes left the scene without being arrested. Several hours later the police cut open the boxes to remove and arrest the activists inside.
Climbers also scaled the front of the office to deploy a banner with the words ‘climate emergency’. The police made them leave earlier than planned, but they still avoided arrest.