Monthly Silent Vigil Outside London’s Shell Centre
organised by DANCE London
Every 4th Sunday of the month at 10am
DANCE London is holding monthly vigils outside the Shell Centre in London on the 4th Sunday of the month to bear witness to the harmful effects of their activities on the climate and the earth. We sit for half an hour in meditation or prayer and then one by one we de-liver our own personal message to Shell. A letter will also be delivered to the chairman of Shell.
Why are we doing this?
This action arises out of our deep respect for all life on earth and our strong call to protect it where we see it threatened. Whilst holding to our Buddhist faith of non-harming we wanted to find a way to act on one of the most urgent issue of our times.
It is important to us to be offering this action to the whole faith community, so that many faiths can come together united in concern and hope for a better world. We believe that the faith community has a unique perspective to contribute to action on the climate emer-gency. You don’t have to be part of the faith community to be part of this action.
Why are we targeting Shell?
Royal Dutch Shell is one of the top 10 oil companies in the world. It is responsible for contaminating large areas of Ogoniland in Nigeria over the last 50 years, it is a major operator in the highly toxic Tar Sands operation in Canada, and only last year it pulled out of oil exploration in the Arctic under pressure from the environmental community.
What are our plans for the future?
We intend to sit in mediation and prayer every 4th Sunday of the month for the foreseeable future until Shell Oil changes its business plan to reflect the realities of climate change.
How has it been so far?
The first vigil went well, with quite a lot of attention from security guards and police. The police were fine with it but the security guards said we could not sit on their grass as protests were forbidden on the grass which was only for ‘fun’. We thought what we were doing was quite fun, but the security guards didn’t share this view so we sat on the pavement. In fact sitting on the pavement attracted more attention from passers-by anyway, although not so comfortable (less fun) if you didn’t have a cushion.
Join the vigil. No experience necessary! Just passion for this unique and precious planet. Sit and meditate, pray, or just sit with us.
The vigil will last for half an hour; please bear in mind it can get quite cold in that time. Please check the weather forecast as we will be there even if it is raining. You will be invited to write a brief (polite) message to the CEO of Shell UK which will be left outside the building under a small stone or object to weigh it down. Please bring a small stone or object for this purpose, and a pen. The message could be asking the chairman Erick Bonino to respect the earth, urgently move to renewables, show wisdom in the face of the climate crisis etc. We will also be delivering a letter to the Chair of Shell every month, calling on him to invest in non-harmful energy sources and withdraw investment in fossil fuels which are fuelling climate change.
For more information please contact Joe on firstname.lastname@example.org or find Dharma Action Network for Climate Engagement (DANCE) London on Facebook.