Join our creative actions on 29th October 2021 in either:
Time: From 0900 - 1100
Address: Lloyd's of London HQ, 1 Lime St, London, United Kingdom EC3M 7HA
Nearest tube station: Bank
Time: From 1500 - 1700
Address: Rotterdam House,116 Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom NE1 3DY
Join us in either London or Newcastle for a memorial to bring to life the memories of every person harmed by the injustices of the climate crisis, as well as celebrate their fierce resistance to it.
In London this will be outside Lloyds of London, a company (not related to Lloyds bank) that profits from providing insurance to climate wrecking projects, without which they wouldn’t be able to go ahead. You’ll hear from Pacific Island Warriors, Silver Town Tunnel local campaigners, and others that are suffering climate change impacts and fighting climate wrecking projects.
In Newcastle, we will be outside the offices of Chubb, one of Lloyd of London's 'syndicates', who are also involved in the insurance of fossil fuel projects, such as the Adani coal mine. We will hear from campaigners opposing the opening of the West Cumbria coal mine, as well as from the Campaign to Protect Pont Valley, who will talk about resistance, loss, and what it means to live with a coal mine on their doorstep
Anyone is welcome to bring their own memorial-themed materials to this action, and here’s a video on how to do that:
The climate crisis is harming the poorest and least responsible of us first and worst. Five million people will die this year due to fossil fuels globally, only 40,000 of those in the UK. The blame for this falls squarely at the feet of governments, corporations and banks that continue to profit from death. As people globally face extreme and destructive weather, we will come together to demand care & repair with them.
The Lloyd’s of London insurance market, one of the world's largest insurers of fossil fuel projects. We want to shed light onto Lloyd’s of London's appalling environmental record, and the colonialist practices from which Lloyd’s grew. From the insurance of slave ships, to the insurance of climate-destroying projects that dispossess indigenous peoples of their land, Lloyd’s have blood on their hands.
Canaries were encaged and forced to accompany underground coal miners for early detection of the lethal gasses that could be released by mining. We are the canaries in this decision, and we'll be on the streets in West Cumbria and London on the first day of the public inquiry into the West Cumbria coal mine proposal to warn the Minister for Housing, Communities, and Local Government that our lives and so many others are on the line as we reach the tipping point for irreversible runaway climate change.
We plan to have little canary cut-outs at the London rally that you can write a message or draw on, creating a warning flock outside the Ministry. West Cumbrian activists against the coal mine proposal are also sending a handmade canary for us to deliver to the Ministry. If you want to help us hand out flyers to members of the public passing, that's great! We'll have flyers available when you arrive.
Are you a journalist? See our press release.
There will be 2 rallies on the same day in different locations - a local rally in West Cumbria at site of the proposed coal mine and a rally in London outside the Ministry that'll make the ultimate decision after the public inquiry.
Date: Tuesday 07th September, 2021
Location: outside the site of the proposed coal mine, Woodhouse Colliery, Woodville Way, Whitehaven, CA28 9LF
Date: Tuesday 07th September, 2021
Location: outside the Ministry of Housing, Communities, and Local Government, 2 Marsham St, London SW1P 4DF.
Please only attend either rally if you are feeling well, sanitise your hands regularly, and if possible, wear a mask whilst in the vicinity of other people, particularly if you're planning to hand out flyers to the public. Where possible, please avoid public transport, particularly where that is crowded. See our Covid19 risk assessment.
The proposed West Cumbria coal mine is going to a public inquiry called by Secretary of State, Robert Jenrick on 07 Sep 2021 and will last for at least 4 weeks. If the coal mine gets permission, it'll emit around 9 million tonnes of CO2 per year, and commit the UK to extracting 2.78 million tonnes of coal annually, until 2049 - or even 2070, if the mining company gets its way. The Climate Change Committee has officially stated this coal mine, expected to emit 9 million tonnes of CO2 per year for 40 years, is incompatible with the UK's climate change commitments. Promises by West Cumbria Mining Ltd of jobs and tax income are undermined by its investors, EMR Capital Resources, which has offices in the Cayman Islands tax haven - see our parody brochure for more information.
We want to ensure there is a visible show of public support for an end to coal mining in the UK, in solidarity with the local communities in Whitehaven, West Cumbria, who don't want this on their doorsteps, as well as communities living in the global south who'll bear the brunt of the climate change impacts this coal mine would contribute to. We want to show what the people think rather than what NGOs or campaign groups think. As such, we won't have any banners with our own logo on and we ask anyone attending not to bring branding of groups they may belong to.
This campaign is primarily driven by committed Cumbrian activists for have been fighting this proposal for years. One of these Cumbrian groups is SLACC, who have pulled together a legal team to take on West Cumbria Mining Ltd's own legal team in the public inquiry. SLACC's website has a wealth of detailed information.
Friends of the Earth is working alongside the local campaign, and supporting it with capacity and training. Friends of the Earth are also taking an important role against the West Cumbria Mining Ltd in the upcoming public inquiry.
UPDATE: Hamilton clearly felt the pressure from you - so much so that they sent us our first ever take-down notice, threatening legal action. Thanks for letting us know it worked Hamilton.
If Hamilton wants to avoid more actions like this, they need to create a proper policy around their Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG).
This action is about having conversations with Hamilton staff. We are aiming to informing them, and respectfully call on them to take action. Every call reminds them that we care deeply about their actions, and that we won't stop till they opt out.
You can download the contact details of those we will be contacting here: [this is the link Hamilton was worried about].
We've added these as suggestions of what you can bring up if you're feeling stuck, but they're by no means definitive or a strict checklist. Above all, it's important that you personalise the call. Add in your own knowledge and experience, your own reasons for opposing the Adani mine, and other climate-destroying projects.
Take part in our UK-wide day of action against Lloyd’s of London (no relation to Lloyds bank) and their marketplace insurers of fossil fuel projects on 17 May - the day many will be returning to their offices after lockdown. We need to let the Lloyd’s of London's marketplace know we’re aware of the critical role they and their insurers play in enabling risky climate-wrecking projects from the first day they return to their offices.
How do I get involved?
There are actions outside the offices of fossil fuel insurers all around the UK - check out what's happening near you and sign up to get more info!
What kind of action?
Anything you want - get creative! An old bedsheet and a bit of paint is all you need for a banner. And we'll post you fliers to hand out to insurance staff and the public so you don't have to remember all the facts (email us a postal address).
We've made a full action brief that's got lots more details, ideas, background, resources, and legal stuff in.
Can't get out on the streets, or there isn't an action happening near you?
Please help us make a big impact on social media. Check out our social media pack for sample messages to share before the action and on the day.
We’re demanding Lloyd’s of London insurers act now to rule out insuring the Adani (Carmichael) and West Cumbria coal mines, and fossil fuel projects more widely. Lloyd’s of London has so far only said they’re willing to rule out new insurance trades on Arctic exploration, thermal coal, and Canadian tar sands by the end of 2021…but allow the renewal of insurance of even these shameful practices until 2030. That’s an insult to the Paris Agreement and to all communities that will suffer the worst effects of climate change.
Lloyd’s of London marketplace is in the top 4 for insuring fossil fuel projects - and underwrite fossil fuel projects that other insurance companies won't touch, allowing mining companies to take risks exploring and unearthing new fossil fuels that we need to keep in the ground. Insurance is a vulnerable link in the chain needed to start and continue these huge climate-wrecking projects.
Despite being one of the main insurance marketplaces propping up the glob al fossil fuel industry, these insurance trades only account for around 5% of Lloyd’s of London insurance market. That means, with enough encouragement, insurance for all fossil fuel projects—such as the Adani or West Cumbria coal mine—could be banned. Join us in taking action to stop some of the riskiest, climate-wrecking fossil fuel mega-projects in their tracks.
Purpose of the action: This action is about having a conversation with staff members with the aim of connecting, informing, and respectfully calling on them to take action.
Phone call talking points:
|Ian Beaton||CEO||+4420 3023 4001|
|David Foreman||Non-Executive Chairman||+44 203 023 4002|
|Peter McIntosh||Director||+44 203 023 4007|
|Neil Smith||Director of Finance||+44 203 023 4005|
|Paul Dawson||Manager Director||+44 203 023 4184|
|Neil Brothers||Risk and Compliance Director||+44 203 023 4020|
|Katherine Henderson||Senior Underwriter||+44 203 023 4053|
|Matt Town||Senior Underwriter||+44 203 023 4115
+44 207 426 6136
|Victoria Allen||Senior Underwriter||+44 203 023 4039|
|Charlie Boyd||Senior Underwriter||+44 203 023 4054|
PHONE CALL REPORT BACK
To help us collect intel on how Ark are reacting, if you get through to someone at Ark, please email email@example.com with info about what happened and what was said.
(feel free to adapt, especially if you are leaving a message in the voicemail)
Hi there, am I speaking with [staff name]? [listen]
Hi [staff name], my name is [your name]. I’m calling from [where you are from]. I’m calling because I have some questions about Ark’s involvement with Adani’s Charmichael coal project in Australia. Do you know about this coal mine? [listen]
I’m really concerned about this coal mine because [your reasons].
We know there are Lloyd’s insurers working with Adani. We have reason to believe that Ark could be one of the insurers involved, as it hasn’t joined the growing list of other Lloyd’s insurers that have ruled out insuring Adani’s coal project.
I’m calling you, because as an Ark employee, your voice is powerful. We are calling on Ark to be a climate champion and rule out insuring this coal project. Is this something you would like to see Ark do? [listen]
We’re looking for a written statement along the lines of: “Ark will not provide insurance for Adani’s Carmichael coal mine, rail, or port.” Even if Ark is currently insuring Adani, we will take this as a commitment to not re-extend the insurance.
Would you be willing to raise this internally? [listen]
Thanks so much for taking the time to talk with me today. I really appreciate it.
Purpose of the action:
Send Ark Insurance’s management LinkedIn messages and get them to stop insuring the Adani coal mine.
How will it works:
If you have LinkedIn, log in. If you don’t have it, follow the process (at the end of this page) to set up a profile, and then come back here.
Step 1: click on one of the ARK staff’s LinkedIn profiles provided below. This will open their profile in a new window.
|Nick Bonnar||Chief Underwriting Officer||LinkedIn profile|
|David Foreman||Non-Executive Chairman||LinkedIn profile|
|Neil Smith||Director of Finance||LinkedIn profile|
|Paul Dawson||Manager Director||LinkedIn profile|
|Katherine Henderson||Senior Underwriter||LinkedIn profile|
|Matt Town||Senior Underwriter||LinkedIn profile|
|Victoria Allen||Senior Underwriter||LinkedIn profile|
|Charlie Boyd||Senior Underwriter||LinkedIn profile|
Step 2: click on “connect” and then “add a note” to send them a message asking them to rule out insuring new coal and Adani.
Step 3: Type in your message. This will allow for a max. of 300 characters. Once you have finished typing, click on send.
Step 4: Done! Now send messages to as many other contacts as possible!
NOTE Instead of clicking on “connect”, you can also click on “message” the contacts. This will allow for longer messages, but messages can only be sent to max. 5 people per month from each account (depending on your payment plan).
Setting up a LinkedIn profile
Step 1: Head over to https://www.linkedin.com/signup/ and type in your email and chosen password. Then click on “agree & join”. You can also join with google.
Step 2: Type in your first name and surname, then click on “continue”.
Step 3: Do the security verification. Then fill in details about your location, and click on “next”.
Step 4: You’re done! Now go back to the beginning of the page and start messaging ARK employees.
Purpose of the action:
Send loads of calendar invites to insurance company directors and CEOs, to demand they rule out insurance for the West Cumbria coal mine. They will find all of these invites on their mail inbox next time they will open it. Annoying, right? 😉 But if they keep on ignoring our emails then we've got to find new ways to pressure them.
How will it work:
You can use Google Calendar or other calendar apps, such as Outlook calendar or Apple calendar. Our instruction in this how-to are just for Google Calendars, but it's a similar process for most apps.
If you don’t have an account set up with this ability, see the section at the end of this page which explains how to set up a Google account, and then come back here.
Step 1: Open google calendar, at https://calendar.google.com/calendar/u/0/r and sign in if you need to. It should look roughly like this:
Step 2: Select a weekly view for your calendar. You should be able to do it through the drop-down menu on the top-right of your page:
Step 3: Select timings for a meeting. Click on a time over the next week over which you want to set up the meeting. A pop-up window asking you to set up details for the meeting should appear:
Step 4: Add title to the event. This should be the message you want the CEOs to get, such as “Don’t insure the West Cumbria coal mine”. Find below some ideas, if you want to copy and paste them.
Step 5: Add guests to your event. You will need to copy and paste the CEOs emails (find them below) here. This will send an event reminder to their emails. Make sure the emails are separated by a comma (we have added it below). Then click on save.
CEOs emails (just copy and paste them, with the commas):
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, Richard.Harries@atrium-uw.com, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, Rachel.Sabbarton@canopius.com, CSIS.email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, Jalil.Rehman@cnahardy.com, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, Stephen.email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Chris.Beazley@msamlin.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, AHiggins@newlinegroup.com, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, James.email@example.com, Paula.Storey@talbotuw.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Step 6: After clicking on save, google will ask you if you want to send invitation emails to Google Calendar guests. Click on “send”. You’re done!
Step 7: Create as many events as you can!
Reminder: Don’t insure the West Cumbria mine!
Reminder: Commit to never insure the West Cumbria mine!
Reminder: Stop insuring coal projects!
Announce policy, rule out insuring coking coal
Announce policy, rule out insuring the West Cumbria mine!
Reminder: Insure our future, not coal!
Setting up a google account
If you don’t have a google account, you will need to set one up to use the calendar function. Here is how.
Step 1: Head over to the ‘create your Google Account’ page and fill in your data, then click ‘next’.
Step 2: Fill in recovery details (optional), DOB and gender details in the next page, then click ‘next’.
Step 3: Choose what level of personalisation you want to set, then click on ‘next’. The express option will be faster, but will give you less control over what data google collects of you. You can change these settings later on too.
Step 4: Once you have finished personalising your account, you will be asked to agree to Google’s Privacy and Terms. Click on ‘I agree’.
Step 5: You’re done! Now click on the ‘calendar’ tool on the top right corner and start creating events 🙂
Right now, Lloyd’s of London is insuring climate wrecking coal mines, tar sands pipelines and power stations, across the world. Insurers can single-handedly stop fossil fuel projects, but have failed for decades to take action in the face of a climate emergency.
Lloyd’s accounts for 40% of the total global energy insurance premium and is a key influencer in the global insurance industry. Send Lloyd’s a message to act on the climate emergency, not act as the last refuge for climate wreckers to secure insurance!
Even in a year of lockdowns and restrictions, people across the world are standing up to Lloyd’s, and it’s working.
Leading the charge has been the #StopAdani movement in Australia. They have pushed most of Lloyd’s insurers to rule out insuring a coal mine that would open up the Galilee Basin and potentially more than double Australia’s current coal exports.
Adani's proposed coal mine is the most environmentally and socially contentious project in Australia's history, the object of years-long resistance from the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners and the broader community.
Just days after 750 people in the UK joined the Stop Adani movement by writing and calling Lloyd'd insurance companies, the extra pressure helped convince Brit to rule out insuring the Adani coal mine. Now the Stop Adani moment has asked us to pile the pressure on another key Lloyd's insurer - Hiscox.
Hiscox are rumoured to be sitting on an unreleased coal policy, that could see them stopping insuring all new coal mines. We want them to realise their policy ahead of the 3rd March, when they announce their annual profits.
Help #StopAdani get in touch with top Lloyd's insurer Hiscox now!
There's a growing momentum against a new coking coal in Cumbria.
Coal Action Network has now handed in our petition to the Secretary of State, but there are plenty of ways you can be involved. Will you share the video on your social media?
Cumbria County Council has said it will review its decision to allow this mine.
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Thanks to everyone who helped, this action was a success and resulted in this coverage, ‘Coal is not the goal’: Teenage climate activists deliver petition to government over Cumbria coal mine
Opposition is growing to a plan for a massive underground coking coal mine under the sea near Whitehaven, in the north west of England. Cumbria County Council gave permission for the mine to extract nearly 3 million tonnes of coal until 2049. The coal is mostly for export and is ‘coking’ coal that would be consumed by the carbon-intensive steel industry.  Despite this, the mining company claim the coal mined would be ‘carbon neutral’.., and the Council believed them! Mining new coal can never be carbon neutral of course, but if there’s any doubt, here’s an expert explaining why. We're angry that the government is failing to stop this coal mine, not least in the same year that it hosts the COP26 global climate summit. The government can still stop this mine.
Thanks to everyone who sent us photos are part of this process. We are going to be putting them into a film and releasing them to the media and on social media soon. Watch this space!
For those who sent us photos, you agreed that: By sending us a photo, you and your parent/guardian agree for us to use the photo in the video described, on our website and social media, and to share with third-party video producers and media. You also understand that you may be identifiable from the photo and the photo may be used in related campaigns in the future. We won't publish your name unless it’s in your image, or we ask you first. If you change your mind later, we can delete your photo but we cannot remove it where others have saved it/shared it.
Anne Harris and the team at Coal Action Network
 Cumbria County Council Executive Director - Economy and Infrastructure, Development
control and regulation committee Application Reference No:4/17/90077.17 (2 October 2020)
 Ember, Europe’s coal power collapse exposes steel plants as Europe’s biggest emitters (2019) https://ember-climate.org/project/ets-2019-release/