Extinction Rebellion protestors have blocked entrances to the headquarters of oil giant Shell in Aberdeen.
Extinction Rebellion Scotland activists began their protest at the premises on Altens Farm Road at 6.30am today and said they plan to stay there all day.
The climate change group say they have secured the entrances with lock-on equipment and the main entrance with XR Scotland’s big purple boat, named Amal Gous.
Extinction Rebellion Scotland blocked the entrances with a big purple boat (pictured), bearing the words ‘The Future You Fear Is Already Here’
The activists (above) began their protest on Altens Farms Road at 6.30am this morning, and said they plan to stay at the oil giant’s headquarters in Aberdeen all day
The group said they hope to shut the building down to disrupt business and hold Shell to account for ‘literally destroying our future’.
Police were called to the scene at around 6.45am.
One of the protestors, who gave his name as Paul, 43, from Aberdeenshire, said: ’If the whole world reaches zero carbon emissions by 2030, we only have a 75 percent chance of staying below (an increase of) 2C.
‘These are terrible odds and by committing to continued production decades into the future, Shell is literally destroying our future.
‘The more successful fossil fuel companies like Shell are, the worse our future is going to be. We have to stop them carrying on as if their product does no harm. ‘
The purple boat bears the words ‘The Future You Fear Is Already Here’, a reminder that ‘catastrophic’ climate change is already under way across the planet.
Police were called to the scene at around 6.45am. The climate change group said they hope to shut the building down to disrupt business for the oil and gas company
Protestors can be seen holding banners reading ‘tell the truth’, ‘fossil fuels extinction’ and ‘climate emergency’. Shell said they ‘agree urgent action is needed’ on climate change
The action is part of Rig Rebellion 2.0, a two-week campaign by Extinction Rebellion Scotland targeting the fossil fuel industry and the institutions which support it.
A Shell spokesman said: ‘The heightened awareness of climate change that we have seen over recent months is a good thing. As a company, we agree that urgent action is needed.
‘What will really accelerate change is effective policy, investment in technology innovation and deployment, and changing customer behaviour.
‘As we move to a lower-carbon future, we are committed to playing our part, by addressing our own emissions and helping customers to reduce theirs – because we all have a role to play.’