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Breaking: “I’ve shut down BP. Here’s why.”

Posted by Paula Radley - 20th May 2019


As you read this, I’m sitting in a big container outside BP HQ in London, blocking one of the main entrances to the building. Along with a team of climbers on the roof, and more people in containers like mine, we’ve shut down the building. This is one of the scariest things I’ve ever done, but I know it’s the right thing.

Paula Radley
Paula is one of the activists shutting down BP’s head office challenging the company to clean up or clear out

We’re at a critical point in history. We have the science telling us that we are destroying our planet – that we’re facing a climate emergency. And one thing we know for sure is that oil and gas must become a thing of the past.

But companies like BP are still exploring for new oil, getting us deeper and deeper into this crisis. They need to stop exploring for oil or wind down their business.

The video below explains BP’s climate crimes in one minute. My request of you is that you watch it, then share it on social media – please get the word out however you can.

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Future generations will look back at this time and ask why we didn’t do more, and I will be able to say I did everything I could. Yes it may get me in trouble, but I was always taught to stand up to bullies and speak up when I think something is wrong. And while I know we can’t all afford to take the kind of action I’m taking today, we must all do something. Because the only thing needed for companies like this to get away with stealing our future is for most people to do nothing.

Sometimes you have to take a step back and look at what we consider ‘normal’. Sometimes you realise that something you’ve always thought of as ‘normal’ is no longer acceptable, and it’s time to change how we do things. The way that companies like BP operate is no longer acceptable.

BP are just motivated by their profits, regardless of the damage they’re doing. And their time has come to an end.

We do have a future – but BP’s not in it.

Thanks so much for reading.

Paula Radley is one of the activists currently blocking off BP headquarters in aid of the climate emergency we are currently facing. Sign our climate emergency petition.

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