Extinction Rebellion SA protests oil and gas conference

October 24, 2022
Climate protesters outside an oil and gas conference in Adelaide. Photo: Jordon Ellis

Extinction Rebellion (XR) organised a colourful and noisy three-day protest against the Asia Pacific Oil & Gas Conference (APOGCE 2022)  at the Adelaide Convention Centre from October 17.

APOGCE 2022 is the regional flagship event for the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

“Despite declaring a climate emergency, the South Australian government is a principal partner for the event and has welcomed the fossil fuel industry,” XR said.

“Woodside, Chevron, Shell, Santos, Beach Energy and the many other fossil fuel companies involved in APOGCE 2022 are not welcome here.

“Together we are making that known,” XR said. “Ordinary people have stepped into their climate courage and are engaging in resistance against an industry that is fuelling the climate crisis. We refuse to be bystanders.”

XR climate activists glued their hands to the door of the National Wine Centre while some used the PA to talk up real action on the climate, including no new coal and gas.

While Mining and Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis tried to claim the roundtable was talking about hydrogen and other renewables, the publicity in the room and the promotion talked about “unlocking the future of unconventional gas”.

“We will not stop until our government takes action proportionate to the crisis we face,” XR said.

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