Around 30 supporters of Just Stop Oil have disrupted traffic in Westminster today for the fifth day in a row to demand an end to new oil and gas.
The group sat down on the approach roads to Lambeth Bridge at 11.30am establishing roadblocks and halting traffic on two key roads. Some have glued themselves to the road, and a number have locked on.
The actions this month are timed to coincide with the planned launch of a new round of oil and gas licensing by the North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) in which over 100 new licences for oil and gas projects are likely to be awarded. The NSTAs chief executive said yesterday that a number of gas projects in the southern North Sea will be fast-tracked although this will do nothing to reduce the UK’s dependence on imported fossil fuels.
Just Stop Oil’s occupation of Westminster also comes against a background of an energy price hike on October 1st which means almost 8 million households are expected to fall into fuel poverty by April 1st 2023, while energy companies continue to make massive profits.
Just Stop Oil say that the Prime Minister has made it clear that she has ‘no plan to deal with the crisis that does not involve further suffering for the most vulnerable and tax giveaways for the rich’.
Jessica Upton, 53 a mother of two and veterinarian from Oxford said:
“I wouldn’t be doing my job properly as a foster carer, vet and mother if I wasn’t doing my utmost to ensure an inhabitable planet for everyone. Fighting climate change is the ultimate preventative medicine.
“Our government is failing to take the steps necessary to address the cost of living and climate crisis, so if sitting in a road being yelled at by motorists is what it takes to get their attention, I’ll keep doing it. Stopping new fossil fuel projects is the simple first step our government needs to take to start protecting its people.”
Mya Bain, 35 an animator and science communicator from Derbyshire said:
“Ordinary people are going to suffer and die from the cost of living crisis and climate breakdown. Yet instead of supporting the transition to cheap clean renewables our criminal Government is doing everything they can to protect the interests of the fossil fuel industry. I can not stand by and do nothing while these greedy liars in power let millions suffer just to let the rich get richer.
“Government is actively contributing to climate breakdown which means millions of people dying due to extreme weather, thirst, starvation and conflict.
“They are slashing public services, handing out tax cuts to the rich, licensing more fossil fuel developments and ripping up environmental regulations because of their delusional ideas about economic growth and trickle down economics. Everyone needs to be in resistance to halt this government’s murderous plan.”
A spokesperson for Just Stop Oil said:
“Those causing disruption on the bridges and in the streets around Westminster have made a choice to no longer standby when faced with a harmful government. Everyday life has become unaffordable for millions, desperate workers are striking and the reality of living through a mass extinction event is being ignored.
“We have no choice and it seems the courts are recognising that these actions are proportiated, magistrates are acquitting defendants, judges are handing out petty fines and juries are finding those acting in non-violent civil disobedience not guilty.
“When will the government do the right thing? We don’t need a tired, stale, pro-growth government we need a pro-life one.”
Just Stop Oil supporters block Parliament Square on fourth day of action to demand no new oil and gas.
Around 60 supporters of Just Stop Oil have disrupted traffic in Westminster today for the fourth day in a row to demand an end to new oil and gas.
The group chanted “no new oil” outside Downing Street before marching in the road towards Parliament Square where they established roadblocks on all four sides by sitting in the road. Some have glued themselves to the road surface.
Anna Holland, 20 a student at Newcastle University said:
“People need to understand that we are not criminals. We are peacefully demanding that our government ends its unlawful genocide and protects its people – where is the crime in that?
“When asked why I would risk my future with arrest and a criminal record, I always reply: what future? If I don’t take peaceful action to demand change, I don’t see a future for myself or people of my generation.”
Alan Woods, 58, a company director from Wigan said:
“I’m a supporter of Just Stop Oil because as a business owner I won’t have business left unless we pressure our government to stop all new oil and gas, invest in renewables and roll out insulation.
“The solution to the energy crisis and the climate crisis are the same – we’re at a crossroads. The government must make the right choice. As a business owner of over 40 years I’ve seen a lot of challenges, but the climate and energy crisis is the most important issue of our time; that’s why I have to be here when I should be back in Wigan running my business.”