A mock wedding was held by Extinction Rebellion Cape Town outside the CTICC 2 in Cape Town on Thursday, 12 October 2023, where Africa Oil Week is taking place. The mock wedding was between Environment Minister Barbara Creecy and Big Oil, with planet Earth representing Creecy’s jilted lover. (Photo: Kristin Engel)
Extinction Rebellion is well known for its creative forms of protest action but its most recent demonstration takes the cake. A mock wedding ceremony was held on Thursday by Extinction Rebellion (XR) Cape Town outside the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) where oil magnates from around the continent gathered for Africa Oil Week.
Judy Scott-Goldman, a spokesperson for XR Cape Town, explained that they held this mock wedding between figures representing Environment Minister Barbara Creecy and Big Oil, as the minister has “firmly turned her back on the planet for her first love, Big Oil”.
Delegates meandering outside the oil conference were confused when they saw a woman in a white wedding dress with the minister’s face below a pink and white veil, holding a bouquet of flowers and looking lovingly at a suited figure wearing a fossil fuels mask.
Another figure wearing a Planet Earth costume was crying on the sidelines — representing Creecy’s “jilted lover”.
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