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.
It's been 23 hours since two activists boarded the BP oil rig headed for the North Sea – and the activists aren't going anywhere.BP’s rig expects to drill for 30 million barrels of more oil. We already have more than we can afford to burn if we want to keep our planet. 🌍This is about more than just money – it’s about our future. #BPShutdown #NoMoreOil #ClimateEmergency
Posted by Greenpeace UK on Monday, June 10, 2019
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.
No to nuclear: a European mass action
March 2016 • Nuclear power campaign
12 UK activists travelled to Belgium and shut down a nuclear power station. This was part of a wider action involving nuclear plants in six European countries. The UK activists were part of a 240-strong group from all over the world. Their aim was to urge governments to close down ageing reactors on safety grounds.
Protesters dressed in orange jumpsuits scaled boundary fences at plants in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden and Spain and hoisted large banners with images of cracking reactors and projected the words “The End” onto walls. Three UK activists were arrested – one was a climber, and two others had climbed the fence into the nuclear plant.
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.