Image credit: Coal Action Network
The outside of the Lloyd’s headquarters on Lime Street in London was the site of a so-called climate justice memorial last Friday.
Set up by Coal Action Network, the memorial was said to be “the first of many” being planned. On October 29, for instance, the group is set to return to the Lloyd’s headquarters as part of a Defund Climate Chaos day of action.
“Through the memorial we bring to life the memories of every person harmed by the injustices of the climate crisis,” said Coal Action Network’s Elara Shurety.
“We’ve laid wreaths naming climate wrecking projects we want Lloyd’s to rule out underwriting today and help to prevent billions of lives being destroyed by climate impacts.”
The projects include the West Cumbria coal mine and the Cambo oilfields, as well as the Adani coal mine and tar sands TransMountain pipeline.
As part of the protest, flowers with messages were handed out to people entering and exiting the iconic inside-out building.
Shurety added: “The climate crisis is harming the poorest and least responsible of us first and worst. The blame falls squarely at the feet of executives at corporations like Lloyd’s of London.
“Day after day they decide to profit from death and chaos, by underwriting projects that will lead to climate breakdown, while refusing to insure everyday people against the floods and wildfires they are helping to create.”
Coal Action Network is campaigning for an end to coal-fired power generation, coal extraction, and coal imports in the UK, as well as for “justice for communities” impacted by coal consumption and mining in the country.