Press Release for Action on 16th April Immediate Release

Oil on the Wings of a Dove - Extinction Rebellion Sheffield will give voice to the voiceless and rebel for life this Tuesday by holding a die-in outside BP’s HQ this Tuesday. - In a piece of free form protest art, Extinction Rebellion Sheffield will draw attention to the enormous ecological and climatic impact of the dirty fossil fuel industry.

Over it’s long history BP, like many other fossil fuel companies, has shown itself to be a force for destruction and death. BP is the 11th largest company emitter of carbon dioxide on the planet 1. Fossil fuel companies and production are responsible for 70% of all anthropogenic carbon emissions to date, causing harm to humans, fauna and flora across the world. Their actions mean we must now rebel.

It was recently revealed that BP, along with Exxon Mobil and Chevron, have spent millions on thwarting the effective climate emergency legislation that is desperately needed to protect this beautiful planet 2. This shows that, rather than acting as good stewards of the planet, BP are simply engaged in perpetuating their destructive profits. Their greed means we must now rebel.

This destruction has never been more clearly displayed than in the Deepwater Horizon disaster of April 2010. Deepwater Horizon was the largest spill of oil in the history of marine oil drilling operations and caused the death of 11 workers on the rig 3 and had massive ecological effects 4.

This all means that we must rebel. Rebel, not just against extinction but to preserve the life and beauty that can flourish on this planet.


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Nathan Strathdee, 07741490906, xrshefpress@gmail.com

George Hume: xrshefpress@gmail.com

Dr Bing Jones, 07711447306, bingportraits@gmail.com, xrsheffield@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1188085694677545/ Twitter: @XRShef Instagram; @XRShef Notes to editors Climate Factsheet for Rebels https://rebellion.earth/the-climate-factsheet-for-rebels/ About Extinction Rebellion: Time has almost entirely run out to address the ecological crisis which is upon us, including the 6th mass species extinction and abrupt, runaway climate change. Societal collapse and mass death are seen as inevitable by scientists and other credible voices, with human extinction also a possibility, if rapid action is not taken. Extinction Rebellion believes it is a citizen’s duty to rebel, using peaceful civil disobedience, when faced with criminal inactivity by its Government. Extinction Rebellion’s key demands are: The Government must tell the truth about the ecological emergency, reverse inconsistent policies and work alongside the media to communicate with citizens The Government must enact legally binding policy measures to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025 and to reduce consumption levels A national Citizens’ Assembly to oversee the changes, as part of creating a democracy fit for purpose. Get involved in Extinction Rebellion’s other events: In the UK, come to one of our events, join the Rebellion Network and let us know how you can help out Start a group where you are - locally in the UK or in your country around the world Find your local group: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=11jUqqjTHMThksd4KbvGGzb3I3Cr3PkBl&usp=sharing Check out the International XR website, with links to the French, German, Italian and UK websites. We are holding Collaborative Leadership Calls to help coach people to improve their leadership skills and capacities. And while your time and energy are the most important things, if you are financially able to donate money, see our Fundrazr crowdfunder. UK website: https://rebellion.earth/ International website: https://xrebellion.org/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ExtinctionRebellion/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/ExtinctionR hashtag #ExtinctionRebellion Declaration of Rebellion: https://rebellion.earth/declaration/ About Rising Up! Extinction Rebellion is an initiative of the Rising Up! network, which promotes a fundamental change of our political and economic system to one which maximises well-being and minimises harm. Change needs to be nurtured in a culture of reverence, gratitude and inclusion; whilst the tools of civil disobedience and direct action are used to express our collective power. Website http://www.risingup.org.uk/ Facebook https://www.facebook.com/RisingUpUK/ Twitter https://twitter.com/RisingUpUK

  1. CDP Report | July 2017 Author: Dr. Paul Griffin ↩︎

  2. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/mar/22/top-oil-firms-spending-millions-lobbying-to-block-climate-change-policies-says-report?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Copy_to_clipboard ↩︎

  3. https://www.epa.gov/enforcement/deepwater-horizon-bp-gulf-mexico-oil-spill ↩︎

  4. (Jonny Beyer, Hilde C. Trannum, Torgeir Bakke, Peter V. Hodson, Tracy K. Collier, Environmental effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill: A review, Marine Pollution Bulletin, Volume 110, Issue 1, 2016, Pages 28-51, ISSN 0025-326X, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2016.06.027. (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0025326X16304313↩︎

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