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Climate protestors stage demonstration against commodity traders in Geneva

A group of climate protestors from the Extinction Rebellion campaign group staged protests against commodity houses, including Vitol and Cargill, in Geneva on Monday.

The Geneva branch of Extinction Rebellion made an announcement that the group had occupied different buildings of mutinationals and raw materials trading companies, in particular oil. The occupied companies included Vitol, Cargill, Gunvor, Ifchor and Mercuria.

Around 50 protesters breached the offices of Vitol where they used tape to create human outlines on the ground resembling a murder scene.

A Vitol spokesperson said in statement to Bloomberg that the company recognises the need for the energy mix to evolve over time and is already investing in renewable and alternative energy projects.

“We engage with a range of stakeholders on these matters, and will continue to engage in constructive and informed dialog,” the spokesperson said.

Extinction Rebellion is a global environmental movement with the stated aim of using nonviolent civil disobedience to compel government action to avoid tipping points in the climate system, biodiversity loss, and the risk of social and ecological collapse.

Switzerland is world’s leading hub for commodity trading, and accounts for as much as one third of the global transit trade in vital commodities such as oil, metals and agricultural products.

Elsewhere, yesterday saw plenty of Arctic-themed protests in front of the headquarters of the International Maritime Organization where talks are underway to discuss pollution cutting measures.

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Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.
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