Oil and Money conference ‘a kick in the teeth’ for communities in global South

18 October 2016 - 7:00am
Press release

Executives from BP, Shell, Exxon and other major oil and gas companies from across the world meet in London today (18-19 October) for the ‘Oil and Money’ conference.

It’s the most important gathering for the industry. The theme of this year’s event: 'Boom, Bust and Beyond: Strategies for Survival’. 

Seb Munoz, international programmes officer for War on Want, said:

“The fossil fuel industry routinely disrupts and destroys lives and livelihoods, fuels violence and conflict, and intensifies deadly climate change.

“The ‘Oil and Money’ conference is a kick in the teeth for the communities of the global South that are being driven off their land, subject to human rights abuses, and forced to endure the destruction of their environment and exhaustion of their natural resources on which they depend.

“As oil bosses discuss their ‘strategies for survival,’ it is patently obvious that the survival of these companies is predicated on the devastation of the environment and with it the destruction of communities in the global South.

“The UK must stop rolling out the red carpet for the oil and gas industry to whitewash its crimes. It is time the voices of those affected by the oil and gas industry were heard, if their survival is to be secured.”

 

Notes to editors

For more information contact Ross Hemingway 07983 550728

Oil and Money 2016 conference: Park Lane, London. http://www.oilandmoney.com/   

Protest: Protesters from communities affected by climate change to set up ‘walk of shame’ for guests at ‘Oil and Money’ dinner. At 6.15pm protesters will set up a 100m-long fabric red line on each side of the entrance to the Dorchester Hotel, and set up a ‘gallery’ documenting the effects of climate change with which to confront guests dressed in black-tie as they walk in.

  • WHAT:           Red line and ‘gallery’ of climate change’s effects on communities
  • WHEN:          6.15pm, Tuesday 18 October 2016
  • WHERE:        Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London

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