Behind the fossil fuel industry lies a shady network of corporations and organisations that legitimise and enable the activities of an industry that is killing us. These can be in the form of finance, insurance, legal, engineering, construction, PR, press, pension funds, lobby groups and an almost endless number of others.
Their link to the fossil fuel industry is often hidden behind their glossy websites and claims of being Net Zero, but a closer look will reveal that they are carrying out activities that mean they continue to profit from fossil fuels.
Other organisations too, invest, promote and profit from fossil fuels. Some are complicit as contractors or hide behind think tank names, working behind the scenes, lobbying secretly in the corridors of power.
Extinction Rebellion’s CUT THE TIES campaign takes action against these fossil fuel enablers, shining a light on the activities they would rather keep hidden. The campaign does not disrupt the general public but instead targets the companies responsible for propping up the fossil fuel industry.
Many of the previous actions have had an immediate and clear impact on the companies targeted, the speed at which some have attempted to downplay and clean up the actions shows their concern regarding reputational damage they will suffer should their customer base and wider public be aware of their activities.
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) – XR South West / South East
Tufton Street – Writers Rebellion
Eversheds Solicitors – HS2 Rebellion
Ineos – Plastics Rebellion
BAE Systems offices - Christian Climate Action
Church House - Christian Climate Action
JP Morgan – XR Health (Doctors)
Schlumberger – XR Wales / XR Youth
Ontario Teachers Pension Fund - Sky Rebellion
Hill & Knowlton – XR Cymru
BP – XR South East
Arch Insurance – Money Rebellion
International Maritime Organisation (IMO) - Ocean Rebellion