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Greenwash Guerrillas Embarrass E.ON

Greenwash Guerrrilla | 16.07.2008 10:16 | Climate Camp 2008 | Climate Chaos | Ecology | Social Struggles | London | Oxford

This morning, Climate Campers and friends put a fresh dent in E.ON’s tarnished reputation with a Greenwash Guerrillas demo outside the Guardian Climate Change Summit, which E.ON are sponsoring.

Greenwash guerillas assemble outside conference
Greenwash guerillas assemble outside conference

High greenwash toxicity causes mass die in
High greenwash toxicity causes mass die in

Greenwash detection in progress
Greenwash detection in progress

Greenwash gets everywhere it seems...
Greenwash gets everywhere it seems...

Police remove protester "for his own safety".
Police remove protester "for his own safety".

No event complete without a cop photographer.
No event complete without a cop photographer.

Protected by toxic waste hazard suits and brandishing a top-of-the-line range of greenwash detecting devices, the 40 intrepid Greenwash Guerrillas swarmed around the building (the Business Design Centre in Islington, whose marketing managers were not best pleased at their presence and who might think twice about working with a climate criminal like E.ON in future), making sure that every delegate who entered knew about E.ON’s attempt to build the first new coal fired power station in the UK for thirty years at Kingsnorth, in Kent (site of this year’s Camp for Climate Action, which has other plans – like leaving fossil fuels in the ground!).

Some delegates happily took in bottles of Ev.eon water (carbon capture in a bottle, the latest techno-fix here to save the day! Check it out:, and ended up taking a little piece of subversion into the belly of the E.ON-sponsored beast. At one point, the word went out that greenwash had reached maximum toxicity levels, and some of the guerrillas temporarily succumbed in a mass die-in. The sounds of the Pedals pedal-powered sound system soon revived them, however, and the guerrillas went back to sucking greenwash out of the building and chatting to largely receptive passers-by and largely sheepish delegates.

One guerrilla was heard to say: "This summit is greenwash of the highest toxicity. E.ON is spending a lot of money trying to paint its dirty deeds as green. Those really concerned about climate change will be confronting their lies, at conferences and offices in London, at the Camp for Climate Action at Kingsnorth this August, and wherever else E.ON is committing climate crimes", said McDonnell.

After 1000 leaflets had been handed out and the ‘E.ON’s Greenwash Won’t Wash’ and ‘Caution: Toxic Greenwash Hazard’ banners rolled away (to be used another day, should any company ever be crazy enough to accept sponsorship from E.ON again), the guerrillas outmanoeuvred the police to have a debrief and late breakfast in the sunshine at a nearby park. Just as they were preparing to leave, a huge cheer went out: Oxford climate campers had occupied the roof of the London head office of Edelman, E.ON’s recently hired PR company!

A brilliant morning’s work. Keep the pressure on E.ON – see you at the Camp!

Photos and video to follow.

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Nice one!

16.07.2008 15:44

Thanks for getting out there and getting the message across. Hope that the conference was the PR disaster that it deserved to be.


I see the greenwash risin'...

17.07.2008 15:37

This number was delivered at the do, to the tune of 'Bad Moon Rising'...

Greenwash Risin’ (for the E.ON-sponsored Guardian Climate Bullshit, 16.7.08)

I see the greenwash risin’
I see trouble on the way
I see earthquakes and lightnin’
Still I see such bullshit today

Don’t go there today
It’ll steal your soul away
There’s toxic greenwash on the rise

A Climate Summit sponsored by E.ON?
I don’t know whether to laugh or cry
But I do know which planet I want to be on
The coal in the ground and the miners raised up high


I hear hurricanes a-blowing
Some say the end is coming soon
I fear rivers overflowing
I hear the voice of rage and ruin


Hope you got your things together
Are you really prepared to lie?
Looks like we’re in for nasty weather
Gotta keep that carbon outta the sky


So will we see you down at Kingsnorth?
Will we see you at the Climate Camp?
Shall we surprise ourselves by what springs forth?
We’d love to see you at the Climate Camp

Go down there in August
But watch out for that coal dust
There’s resistance on the rise

Carbon Town Cryer
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