Cut the Ties Campaign

Ongoing campaign targeting companies that underpin the fossil fuel industry, including lawyers, insurers, banks, engineers and more.

Introduction

What is Cut the Ties?

Behind the fossil fuel industry lies a shady network of corporations and organisations that legitimise and enable the activities of an industry that is killing us. These can be in the form of finance, insurance, legal, engineering, construction, PR, press, pension funds, lobby groups and an almost endless number of others.

The size and power of some of these corporations mean if they were to Cut the Ties to Fossil Fuels others would follow. Corporations and organisations have a moral obligation – they know what we face, they know what damage their actions cause, yet they chose to prioritise profit over everything else.

Extinction Rebellion’s Cut the Ties campaign takes action against these fossil fuel enablers, shining a light on the activities they would rather keep hidden. The campaign does not disrupt the general public but instead targets the companies responsible for propping up the fossil fuel industry.

These corporations and organisations do not like a spotlight being shined on their activities, it damages their reputation and claims of having “Green” credentials which some promote heavily. Previous Cut the Ties actions have had considerable coverage in the industry press, causing embarrassment to the companies targeted. Through sustained and regular actions we can change their ways – e.g. several insurance companies have withdrawn their services to the East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) after a series of actions including Cut the Ties.

Will it work?

As well as their customers & the public, many of their own employees are unaware of all the practices their employers undertake. These employees are an excellent action target prompting them to think twice about the role they play within these companies.

Cut the Ties aims to capitalise on increasing public awareness about the climate crisis, to embarrass these companies and use the reputational damage that this will cause to move them away from the fossil fuel industry.

Get Involved!

Use this action pack to take the Cut the Ties actions to your local fossil fuel enablers! We want to see CUT THE TIES actions taking place frequently all over the country.

This action pack is designed to make it as easy as possible for you to take action, there are suggestions below to help you identify targets and help you plan actions.

Your action design could range from a non-spicy korma to a super spicy vindaloo, whatever the appetite is in your local group. We can provide the branded banners, placards, stickers and leaflets – you just tell us how many of each you’ll need. Get creative with your action designs and we will happily help produce the resources you need to make it a success!

Who to target...

Considerations when picking a target

Cut the Ties targets are many and varied! When choosing a target you should consider:

Potential Cut The Ties Targets

The list below is to give you some ideas for the types of targets to look for in your area:

If you have fossil fuel extraction sites locally

Use this site to check for your nearest fossil fuel extraction sites. You will need to then research the companies supporting them – e.g. transport, crane hire, legal services:

Find out if there have already been campaigns against local extraction (and their outcomes) via the Drill or Drop blog.

Action Ideas