The Oil & Money Conference (now renamed the Energy Intelligence Forum) is an annual event held in London where the biggest names in energy get together. Don't let their rebranding fool you, this is an opportunity for those most responsible for the climate crisis to get together along with government officials and the chair of COP28 to booze and schmooze in private.
These climate criminals want this conference to fly under the radar but we’re not going to let that happen. We’re going to hold it under a spotlight for the world to see the corruption, the inequality, and the hypocrisy at the heart of our current system. This is a luxury meeting of billionaires who think they are above the rules - funding nature’s collapse whilst millions suffer.
Here's just some of the names attending the Oily & Money Conference this year:
Our mass-mobilisation march, The Festival of Resistance, is going to be on Thursday 19th October, the final day of the conference. We intend to make this as family friendly as possible! Please be aware that although we have no intentions of arrests occurring during The Carnival of Resistance, we cannot guarantee what measures the police will choose to enforce, so as always it is important to take responsibility for yourself and your group.
We will plan various actions for the event, and we will give you information on a need to know basis when you arrive at the event, in action briefings. Arriving on Monday 16th October will give you the best chance to find out about the actions taking place during the conference.
So plans are not foiled, details of planned actions are secret.
It's really important to make sure you have all the essentials to remain comfortable while you're on the street. Here's some suggestions we recommend:
What not to bring:
If you come with a group of people you know, please discuss your expectations for the protest and tolerance to risk of arrest beforehand. We will be forming affinity groups to stay in during actions. Learn more about affinity groups here.
We have booked a wheelchair accessible hub venue for the majority of the week. Although the actions will take place in central London where we have little control over accessibility, we have a welfare team who will provide support for additional needs. If you have any particular access requirements please email us at email@example.com.
Arrests are not an objective of Oily Money Out. However, it's important to prepare yourself for all eventualities before attending an action (it is never possible to predict with certainty whether you will be arrested or not).
As far as possible, we intend to offer accessible, family-friendly protest options, and we will take precautions to avoid arrests being made where we can. There is also safety in numbers - your presence at a mass action will reduce risk to other activists - and will make for a more effective and successful action overall.
While we support each other as best we can, your actions are your own. We also have a responsibility to everyone else taking protest action - keep others safe by not sharing information with police or security.
Find out more about relevant protest law and knowing your rights in our legal briefing (French translation available here). If you have any questions or concerns not answered there, please reach out to us via email.
We’ll be facilitating a range of fun, engaging, educational and practical workshops from external campaigners and organisations as well as our own.
We have a jam-packed programme of sessions bringing together voices from the climate movement and beyond, on issues such as fuel poverty, climate reparations, migrant justice to name a few.
Sharpen your skills for taking action against the oil industry with training in social media and press, along with opportunities to learn about successful strategies from a range of campaigns.
There will also be plenty of chances to get stuck into practical skills building from drumming and singing to zine-making, crafting and more!
In addition to workshops there will also be film screenings, walking tours and socials.
A full programme will be available soon!
We will aim to provide one hot vegan meal a day throughout the whole week, as well as drinks and snacks. Timings and location of meals will be indicated on the programme.
Fossil Free London is a member of the Stay Grounded network and as such discourages flying because of its climate impact. We can offer support with low-carbon travel arrangements and costs, including for those travelling over land from continental Europe. We also have a network of hosts offering accommodation. More info on travel and accommodation is available in our infopack here. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Our limited capacity is focused around supporting those travelling from the UK and Europe. We are unable to provide financial support for those wishing to fly in to be a part of Oily Money Out.
We fully recognise the importance of including voices from further afield, especially those in the Global South who are most affected by the climate crisis. We are really keen to find innovative and creative ways to give indigenous communities and those in the Global South the opportunity to contribute towards the event without physically attending, so please reach out to us at email@example.com so we can work together to find ways to do that.
We will of course fully welcome and embrace activists who choose to join us in person from other parts of the world, but we must highlight that we will unfortunately not have organisational capacity to provide funding, logistical, legal, media or wellbeing support tailored to those activists’ unique needs.
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Thank you! Any offers for help are always appreciated. Please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, letting us know what capacity you could help us out in.
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