Three women from the Extinction Rebellion movement in Scotland climbed an oil rig in Dundee to prevent the rig from leaving and drilling for more fossil fuels.
The activists stayed for five hours on the rig – which was leased to Shell – but left because of deteriorating weather conditions, according to a Facebook post published by Extinction Rebellion Scotland.
“The climate crisis, driven by fossil fuel emissions, is putting millions, potentially billions in grave danger,” the group said in its statement, adding that the protest was part of a series of actions planned across Scotland for the next fortnight.
Police told local media that seven people have been arrested in connection with the attempted occupation of the rig.
Worldwide, the fossil fuel industry receives five trillion dollars of subsidies a year, according to the International Monetary Fund.