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Activists engage in mock ‘tug of war’ with oil companies in Wembley

Climate activists from the group Divest Brent took to the streets outside Brent Civic Centre on Friday, March 24th, as part of the national Divest from Crisis Day of Action. The group urged Brent Council to stop investing in fossil fuels and to take action to address the crises of fuel poverty, climate breakdown, and energy security.

The event in Wembley featured a mock tug-of-war between Divest Brent and representatives from big oil companies who were keen to keep their place in the pension fund portfolio. Despite attempts by the oil companies to bribe members of the public with money, the pension fund ultimately joined the side of the environmental advocates, arguing that fossil fuels are not a secure long-term investment and predicting floods, heatwaves, and hurricanes without action.

More than 20 people attended the event, which included a musical performance and a song directed at Brent Council, asking, “Whose side are you on, Brent, whose side are you on?” The event was observed by Cllr Robert Johnson, the Pension Fund Sub Committee Chair, who said he believed the Pension Committee was on the same page as Divest Brent.

The group highlighted the fact that despite declaring a climate and ecological emergency in 2019, Brent is estimated to have nearly £26 million invested in fossil fuels through its local government pension fund.

Simon Erskine, the event’s organizer, said that more than 30 groups across Britain joined the national Divest from Crisis Day of Action, urging councils, pension funds, and financial institutions to take action to address the climate crisis by divesting from fossil fuels.

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The event was part of a larger movement to divest from fossil fuels and to transition to more sustainable and renewable forms of energy. With climate change posing a significant threat to the planet and its inhabitants, it is more important than ever to take action to address the issue and promote a sustainable future.