Sponsor of the tournament is targeted
By Terry Gangcuangco
Image credit: Money Rebellion
Money Rebellion protesters disrupted the final round of the AIG Women’s Open on Sunday in the UK, targeting the tournament’s sponsor.
Setting off flares and holding “AIG is a climate criminal” and “AIG stop insuring climate crisis” banners, members of Money Rebellion staged the protest on the 17th green of Walton Heath before being arrested by police officers.
“AIG is ensuring climate collapse by enabling deadly fossil fuel projects to pump out more and more greenhouse gases,” Jane Clarke of Money Rebellion said in an emailed release. “AIG knows the science and is happy to protect its profits by cutting insurance for homeowners facing floods and fires, due to climate change.
“The executives who made these decisions are climate criminals. Instead of sponsoring golf events to clean up their image, they should stop securing all new fossil fuel projects now.
Meanwhile Charley Hull, who lost to Lilia Vu, reportedly called the protesters “a bunch of idiots” after the disruption.
The Telegraph quoted Hull as saying: “I suffer from asthma but I don’t use my inhaler, and those things are very thick, so, no, it’s not good. I’m not afraid of what happened, I just think they’re stupid. Someone said they were protesting about oil, but how did they get here now? Probably driving.”
A sister movement of Extinction Rebellion, Money Rebellion said AIG is one of the main insurers of oil and gas projects and refused to reject support for the proposed East African Crude Oil Pipeline.
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