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Stop Cambo: Meet The Climate Activists Trying To Block Scotland's New Oilfield

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15.10.2021

From washing out the yoghurt pots to carefully separating out the paper recycling from the plastic, we’re all doing our bit to try and fight climate change.

But we also know that tackling the climate crisis doesn’t stop with us – large global companies and governments hold responsibility.

While the UK is getting ready to host COP26 in Glasgow, one of the biggest climate conferences in the world, plans for a huge oilfield off the coast of Scotland are set to go ahead.

The Cambo oilfield has already been highlighted in the run up to COP26 as Greenpeace activists recently protested outside Downing Street. Campaigners at a climate event in Edinburgh also took to the stage to speak out against the controversy of Shell’s CEO being involved in a panel discussion.

Young climate activists feel “terrified” over their futures if the plans are approved.

“We’re boasting about the fact that we’re climate leaders in the UK and we’re hosting this global summit and they’re trying to inspire other leaders to action,” says Coll McCail, a 17-year-old climate activist from Scotland. “But no one could be inspired to act on climate change by a country that are about to approve a new oilfield and continue drilling.”

What is Cambo?

Cambo is the name of a potential new oilfield in the North Atlantic Ocean, off the west of Shetland, that holds around 800 million barrels of crude oil.

Coll is part of a group of activists that make up the Stop Cambo campaign to raise awareness about this project and call for the government to take immediate action.

He says that as a Scot, he “has no choice” but to speak up against it.

What Cambo symbolises is this idea that we can extract and take and accumulate as much wealth and resources as possible without really stopping. We're showing no recognition of that and that's terrifying.Coll McCail, climate activist

The oilfield is........

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