Day 28: Just Stop Oil sprays high end jeweller with orange paint

Just Stop Oil supporters have sprayed paint on a high end jeweller in Knightsbridge, London. They are demanding that the government halts all new oil and gas licences and consents. [1]

At 8:30am today, two Just Stop Oil supporters sprayed orange paint from a fire extinguisher over the premises of Rolex in Knightbridge.

Adrian Johnson 56, a former deputy headteacher from Perthshire said:

The science is clear. The breakdown of the climate is here and it is due to the extraction and use of fossil fuels. Any new fossil fuel projects will cause irreparable damage to the climate. This may have already happened. And yet, this is the path our government is following by granting over 100 new oil and gas licenses. It makes no sense and it’s reckless beyond belief. That’s why I have decided to take action. I can no longer sit back and ignore it.

Jennifer Kowalski 26, an environmental scientist from Glasgow said: 

There’s no point in having million dollar cars when they’re destined to be washed away in floods. And this is already happening. Climate change is happening now. An energy crisis is happening now. 

People around the world are starving, suffering and dying so an elite can spend vast fortunes on vanity items. When are we going to stop allowing ourselves to be made poorer and our futures cut shorter? We do this because we want to protect the things and the people we care about. I’m not willing to stand by as the refusal to improve life for everyday people causes my loved ones to suffer. 

Just Stop Oil continues to peacefully resist the government’s plans to licence over 100 new oil and gas projects by 2025, and its failure to fulfil its promise to help people with their skyrocketing energy bills. Policy failures that will force millions into poverty and facing a choice between heating, eating, or providing the basic essentials for themselves and their families. 

Today’s action follows three weeks of continuous civil resistance by supporters of Just Stop Oil during which the police have made over 600 arrests. Since the campaign began on April 1st, Just Stop Oil supporters have been arrested 1,900 times, with 7 supporters currently in prison.[2]

This is not a one day event, expect us every day and anywhere. This is an act of resistance against a criminal government and their genocidal death project. Our supporters will be returning – today, tomorrow and the next day – and the next day after that – and every day until our demand is met: no new oil and gas in the UK.

We will not be intimidated by changes to the law, we will not be stopped by private injunctions sought to silence peaceful people. Our supporters understand that these are irrelevant when set against mass starvation, slaughter, the loss of our rights, freedoms and communities.

Stand with our supporters in prison, with the 1,700 murdered across the global south, for protecting all our lives. We will not die silently, it will be ordinary people, like you, your friends, colleagues and neighbours who do what our government cannot. It will take all of us. [3]


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Notes to Editors

[1]  Just Stop Oil is a coalition of groups working together to demand that the government immediately halt all future licensing and consents for the exploration, development and production of fossil fuels in the UK. Just Stop Oil is a member of the A22 Network of civil resistance projects. Climate Emergency Fund is Just Stop Oil’s primary funder for recruitment, training, and capacity building. 

[2] There are now 7 Just Stop Oil supporters in prison on remand or serving sentences for taking action to demand that the government halts new oil and gas licences. They are Joshua Smith, Louis McKechnie, Simon Milner-Edwards, Margaret Reid, Michelle Charlesworth, Morgan Trowland and Marcus Decker.  Also in prison are Scott Breen for taking action against the Southampton to Heathrow pipeline and Elliott Cuciurean for taking action against HS2

[3] A recent report from Global Witness says that more than 1,700 people have died while trying to prevent mining, oil drilling or logging on their lands.