Sky are reporting that Greenpeace protestors are scaling the Shard to unveil a giant artwork. It is an attempt to embarrass Shell, who have offices near to the Shard (if a 30 minute walk to Waterloo is ‘near’).
The Sky article makes no criticism of the protestors ideals but, interestingly, does not contain any quotes from Greenpeace addressing the effect agenda will have on oil prices and motorists in particular. I don’t think hardworking asphalt fans are going to be impressed by abstract efforts to keep the arctic “pure” at the expense of ever higher oil prices. And nor should they, oil is used to serve mankind and by ignoring that Greenpace show that for them human comfort is not a priority. They are putting “nature” first.
UPDATE 1/2: from the scene, evidence that they are unlikely to win over fans of the NHS or other emergency services. The amount of kit dedicated to the response is really impressive:
The two front vehicles look like support trucks. They aren’t ambulances but are driven by uniformed NHS staff. They look pretty bored.
UPDATE 2/2: Blogging earned me a slot on the radio for the WHYS lunchtime program and then again in the afternoon.
As Brian Mickletwait points out, the slots did not directly address the issue being protested about. In fact it was very clear that the radio host did not want to focus on the climate issue. It was made hard to talk about it.