Stranded Assets: Protest the BHP Billiton AGM

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Demonstration on Thursday 22 October

Defend life, resist destruction
Demand justice for communities affected by coal mining
Tell investors in BHP Billiton it’s time to divest from fossil fuels

Join the demonstration outside mining giant BHP Billiton’s AGM.
Time: 10-11:30am, Thursday 22 October 2015
Venue: outside the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London

A growing global divestment movement is demonstrating that there is no future in fossil fuels. BHP Billiton has massive opencast coal operations in Australia, Colombia, Indonesia, and South Africa. It also produces oil and gas and is involved in fracking in the USA. The value of BHP Billiton’s shares is plummeting with global coal prices.

Lots of people in Britain automatically invest in the world’s biggest mining company, BHP Billiton, without even knowing it – through their banks, insurance companies or pension funds. The financial industry is starting to recognise that fossil fuel investments are “stranded assets” that will be worthless if international agreements to prevent catastrophic climate change are enforced. The safest investment is one that secures a future for all.

Representatives of communities displaced by the company’s operations in Colombia will attend the AGM to demand justice. Divestment campaigners calling for climate justice will demonstrate outside the AGM in solidarity with communities affected by destructive coal mining.

The demonstration will make visible the albatross of stranded coal assets around the neck of BHP Billiton, showing shareholders attending the AGM that there is no future in fossil fuels.

Defend life, resist destruction! Join the demonstration! Invite your friends to the Facebook event page.

Evening event: public meeting on coal mining and oil impacts in Colombia

6pm to 8.30pm, Drama Studio, Institute of Education, University of London

Representatives of communities displaced by the company’s operations in Colombia will attend the AGM to demand justice. In the evening they will be joined by two other colleagues from Colombia, in Britain to publicise the impacts of oil company BP’s operations there.

Speakers at this event will also include Natalie Bennett (Leader of the Green Party), Gilberto Torres (Former trade unionist with Union Sindical Obrera in Colombia), Francisco Ramirez (trade unionist and lawyer with the Colombian Unified Trade Union Federation) and Dr Lara Montesinos Coleman (University of Sussex).

This event is being organised by War on Want in partnership with London Mining Network and Colombia Solidarity Campaign.

For details, see bit.ly/DefendResistDestruction

These events are supported by: Coal Action Network, 350.org, War on Want, Stop Mad Mining, Colombia Solidarity Campaign, Movimiento Jaguar Despierto and Fossil Free UK.

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