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A ghoulish protest Friends of the Earth used the imagery and topicality of Halloween to keep up the pressure on Esso last week. Staff turned up for work at the petrol giant's London headquarters to be greeted by protestors wearing death masks and brandishing banners damning their company's stance on fossil fuels. Esso has been a long-standing target of Friends of the Earth because of its decision to support US president George Bush in opposing the Kyoto Protocol - the only international treaty that cuts the emissions causing climate change. Halloween provided another publicity opportunity for Friends of the Earth by highlighting how declining bat populations and even a poor pumpkin harvest in the United States could be linked to climate change.

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