Shell pauses London AGM as protesters chant ‘We will stop you’ | Shell

Shell has paused its annual basic meeting in London after it was interrupted by environmental protesters chanting: “We will stop you.”

Climate protesters advised the oil and gasoline company’s board: “We will expose you. We know who you are. We know what you have done. We will remember.”

They repeatedly chanted “Shell must fall” and accused the board of spending “more money on green advertising than green technology”.

About 40 protesters shouted “shame on you” on the assembled executives at Methodist Central Hall in Westminster. The Shell chairman, Sir Andrew Mackenzie, turned more and more exasperated as he requested for quiet and was compelled to formally pause the meeting after 40 minutes as it was constantly interrupted.

One shareholder shouted on the protesters “out! out! out!” and one other made impolite gestures in direction of them.

Police arrived on the meeting and watched as the protests, which lasted greater than an hour, continued.

One protester stated: “Where is your decency? Why are you sitting there smirking? You cannot dismiss us.” An attender responded angrily: “You have infiltrated this meeting. Let the chairman answer.” The protester responded: “They give us answers and it’s always greenwash.”

Protesters then sang “We want climate justice now”. They additionally shouted “Shell is responsible for burning us alive” and “continuing burning fossil fuels will burn this planet”.

Mackenzie requested shareholders who weren’t protesting to go away the primary auditorium to a different room for lunch whereas the room was cleared of activists who had glued themselves to their seats. One shareholder shouted “fuck off” at them as he left the room.

Another group of protesters unveiled a banner saying “Shell profits from hell on Earth”. Police then requested Shell employees and the board to go away, and after 90 minutes had efficiently cleared the room.

A Shell spokesperson stated: “We respect the right of everyone to express their point of view and welcome any engagement on our strategy and the energy transition which is constructive. However, this kind of disruption at our AGM is the opposite of constructive engagement.

“We agree that society needs to take urgent action on climate change. Shell has a clear target to become a net zero emissions business by 2050.”

Demonstrators protest outside the Shell AGM at Central Hall in Westminster
Demonstrators protest exterior the Shell AGM at Central Hall in Westminster. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

Investors are as a consequence of vote on the occasion on Shell’s local weather proposals. The Shell investor Royal London has stated it supposed to abstain on a vote on the agency’s local weather transition proposals.

“There is not enough certainty in the plan that it aligns with the goals of the Paris agreement and the global necessary efforts to constraint temperature increases to below 1.5C,” Carlota Garcia-Manas, the pinnacle of engagement at Royal London Asset Management, has stated.

The Dutch activist group Follow This needs the company’s insurance policies to be extra in line with the Paris local weather accord. Shell’s board has advised buyers to reject the group’s decision that asks it to set extra stringent local weather objectives.

Protests had been additionally held exterior Central Hall all through the morning, with local weather activists chanting slogans, made speeches and berated Shell shareholders who had been arriving for the company’s annual basic meeting.

Demonstrators protest near the Shell AGM at Central Hall in Westminster.
Demonstrators protest close to the Shell AGM at Central Hall in Westminster. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

Protesters lined the route shareholders took to the entrance door. “Vote for life today,” one shouted.

Addressing the gang, Lauren McDonald, an activist with the Stop Cambo marketing campaign, which final year efficiently campaigned for Shell to drag out of a brand new oilfield improvement within the North Sea, instantly challenged buyers strolling previous, prompting shouts of: “Shame on you,” from the gang. Some buyers tried shouting again, however had been drowned out.

Protesters additionally heard from Caroline Lucas, parliament’s solely Green MP, who stated she had known as on the federal government within the Commons to stop firms like Shell establishing within the UK.

She advised the Guardian: “For me, being here as a politician, I try using every tool I have access to in parliament in order to get our government to listen to the science. But they are not listening, they are planning more oil and gas licences – even more extraordinarily, they are planning more coal too – and that’s why this action outside the AGM is so critical. We have to use every mechanism that we have available to us.”

Mark Pengelly, the superintendent minister of the Chelmsford Methodist circuit, criticised the church, which he stated had final year voted to divest from oil and gasoline, for permitting Shell’s AGM to go forward in its headquarters.

“I feel embarrassed and I feel sad, really, that my church is here as the backdrop to this AGM today, and it seems to totally contradict what the Methodist church is trying to say about the climate emergency,” he stated.

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