Climate protest calls for Lloyd’s to change its tune on energy cover

Climate campaigners made a song and dance outside of the Lloyd’s insurance market yesterday as they renewed calls for an end to the underwriting of fossil fuel risks.

Mothers and their children held a song and dance extravaganza in Lime Street “urging the insurance giant to stop jeopardising children’s futures by underwriting damaging fossil fuel projects”.

Described as “Mary Poppins meeting climate action”, the action saw a team of professional dancers alongside families and children, perform a routine based on the Disney film’s Let’s Go Fly a Kite scene. In the scene in the film work obsessed father, George Banks, has an epiphany and realises that his children are all that really matters.  It was choreographed by a leading choreographer Denni Sayers and theatre director Phoebe Barran, who are also mothers.

The song “Let’s Make Insurance Bright” is a reworked version of the original with lyrics that urge Lloyd’s to pioneer ethical insurance and drop fossil fuels.

The dancers, dressed in business suits to blend into the city landscape before bursting into song and dance. Children and adults flew colourful model kites and carried placards calling on Lloyd’s to take concrete climate action.

The action was part of the Insure Our Future campaign which brings together 26 organisations to help to persuade insurance companies to get out of the coal, oil and gas business and support the transition to clean energy. It came a few weeks after a face-to-face meeting the organisers – Mothers Rise Up and Parents For Future UK – had with chair of Lloyd’s Bruce Carnegie-Brown, and as the second week of the UN climate conference in Bonn gets underway.

Chryso Chellun, a mother, founding member of Mothers Rise Up, and the creative force behind the action, said: “A few weeks ago, we met with Bruce Carnegie-Brown, looked him in the eyes and urged him to take faster action on climate for the sake of our children and children worldwide. Now we’re back and more determined than ever to use every ounce of creativity we’ve got to get this message through. Lloyd’s is a corporate goliath but is nothing compared to the unstoppable force of a mother’s love for her kids. We will not give up until Lloyd’s drops its insurance of deadly fossil fuels.”

The organisers said they hope the action will inspire Carnegie-Brown, and Lloyd’s CEO, John Neal, “to have their own epiphany and take more ambitious climate action for the sake of all children”.

Protestors said Lloyd’s insures 40% of the global energy market, including fossil fuel projects “that other companies won’t touch because of their colossal climate impacts”.

Choreographer, Sayers, said: “Like many mothers, I am concerned about what climate change means for my children – and all children around the world. This bright and colourful dance aims to draw the attention of people passing by Lloyd’s of London, to look up from their everyday busyness and begin to work towards a cleaner, brighter future for all.”

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