This action agreement is intended to provide a framework for individuals and groups to organize actions under the umbrella of the Shell Must Fall campaign. It illuminates on fundamental principles and values that we consider necessary and relevant for progressive political change to happen and on this bases draws guidelines on what to expect from and how to behave during any Shell Must Fall action. We expect any organizer or participant to act in consideration of these guidelines. With this action agreement we want to create a space to decentralize power, create transparency as well as accountability.
SAFETY AND CARE COME FIRST. The safety of everyone involved (including participants, workers and bystanders) is our utmost concern. We will behave calmly and responsibly, we will not put anyone in danger and will deescalate police violence whenever it is possible. Together we share the responsibility for taking care of and supporting each other. This also means providing or emotional safety and necessary support structures before and after the action. We want to create a safer space in which we hold each other accountable for our actions.
On Corona: While we reject the government as a body of untouchable authority, our actions will follow enforced regional social distancing and hygiene recommendations that are also begged from health experts. Under the principle that any action should consider the risk and needs of the most targeted in our society at any time and considering the current spread of COVID 19 we believe that social distancing is one of the most effective tools to keep many people from being infected.
DIVERSITY OF TACTICS. We acknowledge that social change is possible only with the combination of diverse forms of resistance, and the climate justice struggle is no exception. Considering the severity and urgency of the climate crisis, we consider it both necessary and legitimate to organize (mass) civil disobedience actions. While we embrace various tactics in general, we will be deploying them selectively and strategically. Depending on the context we might publicly announce an action or not. Our activities might take place online or in the physical world in order to disrupt Shell’s public image or their operations. We won’t harm any living beings, and do not intend to damage public property. Instead we want to invest in activities that increase community resilience + healing + recovery from trauma.
INCLUSIVE PARTICIPATION. We recognize that hierarchical and oppressive structures that shape our societies are also present in ourselves and our movements. Participation is not about which bodies we have, but about our collective determination. There are multiple ways of participation, in order to accommodate and empower people with diverse forms of experience, comfort levels and abilities. All roles and tasks are of equal importance for the success of this action and our victory is the result of our common effort, not heroic actions by individuals.
COLLECTIVE LIBERATION AND SOCIAL JUSTICE. We aim for shaping our actions and communities inspired by the future we are fighting for. When we are consciously embedding feminist, anti-racist, anti-ableist, queer and class perspectives in our movements, we can make them grow more inclusive, resilient and diverse. Through our actions and organizing practices we strive to center (BIPoC) female, trans and non-binary leadership and to disrupt traditional role divisions. We are firmly opposed to all reactionary and nationalist attempts to co-opt the resistance against the fossil fuel industry. We will not let (eco)fascists and greenwashers highjack or infiltrate our movements.