Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s London headquarters suffered thousands of dollars’ worth of damage after climate-change protesters smashed doors and glued their hands to windows.
A group called Extinction Rebellion targeted the Anglo-Dutch oil major as part of a days-long event in which it disrupted public areas throughout London with banners and props. The actions were designed to draw attention to the use and production of fossil fuels.
Three of the biggest U.S. oil companies pledged $300 million toward research into lowering climate-change pollution as they joined an industry group led by European rivals. will join the Oil & Gas Climate Initiative and expand an existing $1 billion fund for carbon-reduction ventures, the group said on Sept.
Extinction Rebellion said it intentionally caused more than 6,000 pounds (US$7,800) of damage to Shell’s office by breaking a revolving door, spray-painting “lies” across the building and climbing the scaffolding to put up a banner saying “Shell Knows.”
The culpable protesters expect to face a jury trial where they hope to further broadcast the group’s goals, the organization said in a statement. One activist has already been arrested for the actions at the Shell office, out of nine that participated, Extinction Rebellion said.
“We respect the right of everyone to express their point of view, we only ask that they do so with their safety and the safety of others in mind,” a Shell spokeswoman said by email.
Earlier this year, members of the same group glued their hands to the doors of the InterContinental Hotel at International Petroleum Week in London. It took police several hours to remove them.
By Kelly Gilblom