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Business News/ News / Climate activists ask Shell Board to ‘go to hell’ in a song | Watch video

At Shell’s annual meeting in London on Tuesday, Chairman Andrew Mackenzie had barely greeted shareholders when a dozen climate activists began singing ‘Hit the Road Jack’ with a few minor adjustments.

They sang “go to hell, Shell, don’t you come back no more" as a protest coinciding with the energy giant's upcoming shareholder vote on a resolution to enhance its climate objectives in the wake of the company's record-breaking fiscal year.

Wael Sawan, the new chief executive officer, has made it clear to the company's shareholders that he is committed to providing value to its owners.

Shell Private Limited Co. is a British multinational oil and gas company, chaired by Andrew Mackenzie. In order to protect CEOs and directors from protesters charging them and attempting to scale the stage, dozens of security personnel at one point formed a human chain on the stage. It was a nostalgic sight, similar to the annual meeting last year which was delayed by 3 hours due to identical protests. 

The song was followed by an interference from an activist who berated the board for profiting through the sale of fuels that are a leading cause of climate change.

“You can congratulate yourselves on earning billions from climate collapse," the protester said, before being removed by security. One protestor shouted, “I will not stand by while Shell destroys this beautiful planet." 

In addition, Shell is dealing with an increasingly vocal minority of institutional shareholders who are demanding that it take action against climate change more quickly while attempting to balance demands from other investors to profit from the oil and gas industry.

A business representative stated that Shell welcomed open discussion and cited the company's goals to achieve net carbon-neutral status by 2050.

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Updated: 23 May 2023, 05:25 PM IST
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