“THIS is our land, our planet, our atmosphere and our future. Yet decisions are being taken without us,” says Lauren Waterman, a 39-year-old wedding photographer, who was involved in Rig Rebellion 2.0 – Extinction Rebellion Scotland’s series of actions focusing on the role of the fossil fuel industry in the climate crisis.

Actions started on January 7 when activists scaled a Shell-leased rig in Dundee harbour. Last Tuesday, about 60 protesters blocked entrances to Edinburgh fund manager Baillie Gifford, which manages Holyrood’s pension fund and invests in Shell. On Thursday its final action involved the blockade of Shell’s Aberdeen headquarters for more than 12 hours. Waterman concedes that all fossil fuel companies are responsible for climate change but said Shell was symbolic of the need for action in the face of the climate emergency.

“The problem is not just with Shell,” she said. “But we found concerns about human rights abuses.” In 2009, Shell agreed to pay $15.5 million (£9.6m) in settlement of legal action in which it was accused of having collaborated in the execution of the writer and environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa and Ogoni tribe leaders in the Nigerian Delta. It strongly refutes involvement and says human rights are in line with its core values.

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The aim of the actions was to highlight Scotland’s key role in the oil industry and raise awareness about the way it affects the whole of society, from pension funds to petrol stations. Extinction Rebellion says it wants the Scottish Government to tell the truth about the role of the fossil fuel industry in climate change, to stop supporting the industry, and set up a citizen’s assembly to manage the process.

“The North Sea oil industry affects everyone and it’s such a huge part of the debate on independence,” Waterman said. “With indyref2 of on the horizon we need to be asking: ‘What’s the plan?’ We’re trying to show people that they can be involved, that three women can scale a rig, that ordinary people can have their voices heard.”

In response, Shell said it welcomed heightened awareness of climate change and was working hard to play its part in reducing global emissions.