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Andrea Domeniconi / Fossil Free London
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Christian climate protesters lead huge demonstration outside big oil and gas conference

by Alex Collett

On Tuesday dozens of Christians were among climate justice activists who interrupted the Energy Intelligence Forum - a high profile summit of fossil fuel companies - that was due to kick off at the Intercontinental Hotel in London. 

Outside the hotel, on Park Lane, the road was blocked with a banner which read: "Your greed is killing humanity" and a choir infiltrated the building singing protest songs. 

People visiting the hotel, walked past the protest with placards displaying statements such as: "Time to stop oil and money killing us" and "You knew, you lied, you made the climate crisis."

"Oil and Money" which is what the event is previously known as, hosts big names from the fossil fuel industry, such as Shell CEO Ben van Beurden, Total CEO Patrick Pouyanné, Saudi Aramco CEO Amin Nasser and Liam Mallon of ExxonMobil.

Christian Climate Action said it believes that huge fossil fuel corporations are "killing humanity". 
Val King from Christian Climate Action, said: "The greed of oil and gas companies is literally killing humanity, particularly the poor. 

"They know it, the government knows it, but they are all hell-bent on pursuing their own financial and power-driven interests. 

"It is hard to know how we as individuals can stop these huge fossil fuel corporations from continuing this path of destruction. 

"It seems to me that all we can do is to pray and protest, pray some more and use our bodies in a non-violent way in order to sound the alarm to the rest of society, in the hope that an increasing number of people are listening and are willing to act."

Money Rebellion, XR Youth, Debt for Climate, Christian Climate Action, Extinction Rebellion and Fossil Free London condemn the companies present for their continued role in expanding the use of fossil fuels; as they say they are "shamelessly profiting as the world spirals headlong to climate and ecological breakdown," stating "there is blood on all their hands."

Cathy Allen from Extinction Rebellion said: "For 43 years this conference has been a venue for fossil fuel companies, banks and governments where the rich and powerful have decided that cataclysmic floods, famines and fires do not matter if there is profit to be made for a few."

Esteban Servat from Debt for Climate said: "For decades the fossil fuel companies and the banks have misled the public to hide the truth about the impacts of their operations and to perpetuate their profits.  But no matter how much money they pour into lies, manipulation and dividing societies, we are coming together from the bottom-up and the people will prevail."

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