Shell and BP and fossil fuel corporations like them are making bigger profits than ever before.
But they shouldn't be allowed to continue making billions while wrecking our planet.
The government has created a windfall tax with a massive loophole that allows billions to flow through it making rich shareholders richer, while thousands are struggling to pay their energy bills.
As a first step to help fight the climate crisis, sign the petition to call on Rishi Sunak to make polluters pay for the climate impacts they are causing, in addition to support with energy bills and 'Power Up' the green energy transition.
Right now, fossil fuel companies like BP and Shell, and their wealthy shareholders, are making enormous profits from trashing the planet.
Last year, the Government introduced a windfall tax on fossil fuel companies’ mega profits, but it was so full of loopholes and vague commitments that at one point Shell expected to pay no UK tax in 2022. In the end their windfall tax was less than 0.5% of their total profits! 
Let’s join the growing call for a proper windfall tax on oil and gas giants - a campaign that was first started by inspirational campaigners like Fuel Poverty Action.
All of us are suffering and losing money right now, because BP and Shell are choosing to profit from this energy crisis. Now’s the time for the Government to properly tax them – and use their profits to help people in need and 'Power Up' renewables.
How to talk to friends and family about the climate crisis:
Struggling to make your loved ones understand how recent extreme weather is linked to the climate crisis – and what we need to do about it? Then this guide is for you.
Reading about climate impacts making you feel hopeless?
Recent extreme weather has shown us that things are really bad, and some climate impacts are now irreversible. But for every fraction of a degree of warming we can avoid, lives will be saved. That’s why this fight, and this movement is so crucial. If you feel in urgent need of some inspiring content to convince you this fight isn’t lost… then this video is for you.
Recent climate impacts in Europe:
Spring 2023: Flooding in Italy
6 months worth of rain fell in 36 hours in Italy, and the region of Emilia-Romagna experienced devastating floods in the spring of 2023. Tragically, 14 people died, and over 36,000 were forced to leave their homes. There was at least 620 million euros of damage to the region’s infrastructure, and billions in damage to agricultural production. It was Italy’s worst flood in 100 years and they came after years of severe drought, which reduced the soil’s ability to absorb water.
Temperatures in the UK reached record levels in the summer of 2022. The Met Office issued its first ever red warning for extreme heat, and the country’s highest ever temperature was recorded (40.3 °C) on 19 July. Infrastructure was affected – with train tracks buckling and roads melting – and the NHS saw an increase in heat-related illness and death. Wildfires broke out across the country, including in London.
After rainfall levels not seen in summer for over 100 years, countries across Europe experienced devastating floods in July of 2021. Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, UK and Switzerland were impacted and over 200 people died as a result. Germany and Belgium experienced especially severe damage to infrastructure, with tens of billions in expected costs.
Across the world we are seeing increasing numbers of extreme weather events, like floods, heat waves, storms and droughts. And the science is clear: it is because of the climate crisis. And it is those least responsible for this crisis that are having to bear the brunt of its impacts – with coastal communities and island states in the Global South having their very existence threatened by rising sea levels, storms and floods.
In Europe, despite being home to many of the corporations whose fossil fuel extraction and funding are the cause of all of this, we have been shielded from climate impacts for longer. But with record-breaking temperatures every summer, droughts not seen since the middle ages, and billions upon billions of euro in flood damages, it’s clear: This is the climate crisis. Some of its impacts are now inescapable but for every fraction of a degree of warming that we can stop, lives will be saved. So, let’s take action today, let’s fight back – together we can reverse this trend.
Global warming has already resulted in devastating impacts for people and the planet.
One of the clearest findings of climate science is that global warming amplifies the intensity, duration and frequency of heat waves, drought, and wildfires.
Caption: In 2022, Europe has gone through extreme temperatures, with London (UK)
reaching record breaking 40˚C during summer, wildfires catching up on parts of Spain and Portugal and tens of thousands people displaced. Photo credit: NOAA
Our planet’s atmosphere and oceans are heating up ten times faster than anytime in the last 65 million years. This has been particularly noticeable in the past 20 years.
Warming is increasing the severity of drought. A warmer atmosphere sucks more water from the soil, increasing the likelihood for drought conditions and increased plant stress. And this extreme weather is affecting already vulnerable parts of the world the hardest. The UN has warned that “over 50 million people in Eastern Africa should face acute food insecurity” in 2022 due to four consecutive years of short rainfall.
Wildfires are also an indicator of our rapidly warming atmosphere. The latest IPCC report states that “a quarter of the world’s natural land now sees longer fire seasons as a result of increases in temperature, aridity and drought”.
According to IPCC AR6, “an increased intensity and frequency of record-breaking daily rainfall has been detected for much of the land surface where good observational records exist, and this can only be explained by human-caused increases in atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations.” The connection is clear: for every extra degree of warming, the atmosphere holds about 7% more water vapor – and more water vapor in the atmosphere means more energy, fueling precipitation and altering the areas where the storms occur.
There’s no beating around the bush – things are looking pretty bad. But even though some heating is by now unavoidable, for every fraction of a degree of heating that we can avoid, lives, livelihoods and ecosystems will be saved.
And this is what we need to do: We need to keep fossil fuels in the ground and quickly transition to renewable energy sources that are just for all. The decisions we make at this point in time can still secure a safe and equitable future for all. But we’ll need to rapidly cut emissions, and make sure resources are redirected to solar, wind and other clean energy sources, and to support those most affected by the already existing impacts worldwide. As renewables grow and provide more clean, free energy to replace fossil fuels, we’ve seen emissions decrease in many countries and more and more financial institutions stop their investments in coal, oil and gas projects.
Fast and wide scale deployment of renewable energy is the best method for decoupling markets from the price volatility of fossil fuels and reducing energy prices everywhere.
The best way to do this will differ from country to country, but in the UK we believe the best thing to do is for the Government to adopt a Green New Deal. Want to know more? Check out our Green New Deal page!
We’re an international movement of ordinary people working to end the age of fossil fuels and build a world of community-led renewable energy for all. Our 3 demands are: 1. A fast & just transition to 100% renewable energy for all
Accelerate the transition to a new, just clean energy economy by supporting community-led energy solutions 2. No new fossil fuel projects anywhere
Stop and ban all oil, coal and gas projects from being built through local resolutions and community resistance. 3. Not a penny more for dirty energy
Cut off the social license and financing for fossil fuel companies — divest, desponsor and defund.
Find out more about our work on our website
The death toll from the Maui wildfires is still climbing, but already real estate interests are wondering how they can profit. This is climate change at its clearest and most vicious: forever tied to capitalism, colonialism, and extraction over people.
Broken heat records have become the new norm in Europe and across the world. But there’s a movement fighting back – pointing the finger squarely at those who are to blame and making them pay for our switch to clean energy for all.