Statement on the arrest of Just Stop Oil supporters at Coventry Museum

Two supporters of Just Stop Oil  were arrested at the Herbert Museum in Coventry this morning whilst demanding that the government stop all new UK fossil fuel projects and calling on employees and directors of UK cultural institutions to join in civil resistance against the government’s genocidal policies. [1]

Just Stop Oil issued the following statement: 

“Humanity is at risk of extinction, and so is everything we have ever created. Our works of art, our favourite novels, our historical buildings and artefacts, our traditions – we’re terrifyingly close to losing everything we value and love.  We cannot rely on our criminal government or our cherished institutions to save us.

Our government knows that new oil and gas means a death sentence for billions, yet they are continuing with plans to licence over 100 new fossil fuel projects. This means more heatwaves, more crop failure and more death. It is criminal, an act of genocide against billions of people in the poorest countries on earth, and an act of war against the young. Rather than protecting the British people from the consequences of climate breakdown they are intent on accelerating us towards societal collapse.

In moments of emergency, we must be brave, we must stand for good over evil, life over death, right over wrong. We cannot stand by and watch while our rights and freedoms and everything we love is being destroyed. It’s time to pick a side. Either you are actively supporting civil resistance fighting for life or you are complicit with genocide.

Our cultural institutions have failed to admit the truth and failed to address the urgency of action. It is immoral for cultural institutions to stand by and watch whilst our society faces inevitable collapse. We call on everyone involved in arts, heritage and culture to join us in civil resistance.

The time is now. Join us on a slow march in London, while you still can. Our indefinite campaign of civil resistance begins on April 24th and will not end until our government ends new oil and gas.

Visit our website to join us in civil resistance at Just Stop Oil.”


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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] Sign up to join Just Stop Oil supporters on a slow march this Spring: