Tuesday 8 June 2010

Bloody Oil - Drum It Out!

From Climate Camp London

In the middle of the death and destruction sown by oil companies all over the world, the industry’s “greatest minds” are getting together to celebrate and plan more carnage.

The World National Oil Companies Congress at Grange St Pauls Hotel in London from 21st – 24th June invites you to “debate and decide the future of the oil business... Don’t forget to pack your tuxedos and gowns. Fine wine, exquisite food and the company of some of the greatest minds in the energy business guarantee you fun and networking at the highest level.”

Delegates will be arriving on Monday evening, 21 June at the Hotel at 10 Godliman Street EC4. They "kick off with welcome drinks on a spectacular roof terrace overlooking St. Pauls Cathedral."

Let’s make it a welcome to remember!


Gather at 6 pm at BP-sponsored Tate Modern, near the bridge across the Thames. Bring your own percussion, banners, slogans and energy.


Join the People’s Court at 7 pm outside the conference venue, where we will put the oil executives on trial for

  • Wholesale wanton destruction by pollution, leaks, and flaring, of land and sea, fish and fowl, human lives and livelihoods, present and future
  • Waging wars for oil
  • Changing the climate to create an uninhabitable planet. And as oil runs out, pursuing ever more costly and dangerous deposits from the depths of the ocean or from tar sands, instead of developing clean, sustainable forms of energy.
Bring your own experience, and give and hear testimonies from the oil workers and communities who have for decades resisted the curse of “black gold” in the Tar Sands region of Canada, in the Niger Delta, in Ghana, Iraq, Colombia, Venezuela . . . and from people at the sharp end of the changing climate.


In a ceremony pre-empting Tuesday’s gala dinner and awards ceremony, companies will fight it out for the prestigious Dead Fish Award. BP? Shell? Chevron? Who will walk away with the prize? Come help reward your favourite oil giant.


The protest on Monday 21st will be followed by a teach-in on Saturday 26th, tooling up with information on how these companies really work and what they’re actually up to.

Teach and learn from communities in the Global South with a long track record of resisting devastation that has long surpassed the wreckage of the US Gulf states. Find out what they have said, what they’ve done, what they’ve lost, what they’ve won, and how we can strengthen each other. Hear from people in communities, trade unions, and even an oil company who have fought to turn around the curse of oil and secure benefits for grassroots people.

For more information email london@climatecamp.org.uk Facebook event here


It seems that bastard Sir Ian 'Lord' Blair also will be at the Tate on 21 June for a seminar on "The Politics of Cultural Disruption" - hoping for a little solidarity from Climate Campers with the family of Jean Charles de Menezes. Time to break out the "This is Your Legacy" banner!

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