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Climate change protesters stage mass ‘die in’ at P&J Live Arena

Aberdeen’s new £333m events complex P&J Live was besieged by climate change protesters during its first major event.

Extinction Rebellion, the climate activist group held a protest at the SPE Offshore Europe Conference & Exhibition, an oil and gas conference on 4 September.

This protest was staged at the front entrance to the P&J Live arena in Aberdeen, which was holding an oil and gas exploration and production conference attended by more than 36,000 delegates from European countries.

Extinction Rebellion activists lay down and pretended to die, a representation of those people who have already died and will die through climate change caused in part by burning fossil fuels.

A speech was read out by Extinction Rebellion activists regarding the oil and gas industry’s role in the climate and ecological crisis.

“Exploration of new oil and gas threatens to push the world over dangerous climate tipping points. Even burning fossil fuels already extracted could lead to global heating of 6 degrees Celsius, with catastrophic consequences.”

A statement on the Extinction Rebellion website says the organisation is,“a global movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience in an attempt to halt mass extinction and minimise the risk of societal collapse.”

UK oil and gas industry chiefs have published a report setting outlining plans to contribute to the UK and Scottish Government targets for net-zero emissions to tackle climate change.

Oil and Gas UK chief executive Deirdre Michie told an industry conference in Aberdeen that climate change, “is a real and present danger that we must deal with together”.

Michie added: “I would like to reassure Greta Thunberg – we are listening, because we want the world to be a better place too.

“And while we believe that our industry’s global contribution has improved the lives of billions of people, we are clear that climate change is a real and present danger that we must deal with together.”

According to the 2017 EITI report, oil and gas industries contributed £22 billion to the UK economy.

Oil & Gas UK Fiscal Policy Manager Romina Mele-Cornish said: “The report also highlights the continued importance of our industry to the wider UK economy, supporting over 200,000 jobs, many of them highly skilled, and providing security of energy supply.”

AMI is awaiting comment from Offshore Europe (OE) 2019 organised by Reed Exhibitions.