Just Stop Oil statement on Animal Rising Grand National disruption

Supporters of Just Stop Oil have joined Animal Rising in solidarity outside Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, ahead of the Grand National later today.

At around 9:30 AM hundreds of supporters of Animal Rising gathered outside the gates of the event. The group are periodically ‘swarming’ Ormskirk Road to obstruct traffic at the site. Just Stop Oil supporters have joined in solidarity and are staging ‘slow marches’ in the area. [1]

Just Stop Oil issued the following statement:

“We stand in solidarity with all who risk their liberty by engaging in civil resistance against our broken system. Disruptive action is the only effective mechanism normal people have to enact social change. The junior doctors know it, our rail workers know it, and the nurses know it too.

We recognise that animal exploitation and fishing threatens our collective future, just as much as new oil and gas. Both are directly responsible for global heating, extreme weather events, food insecurity, and the mass loss of wildlife and nature.

Unless we find a way to repair our broken relationship with animals and nature, we cannot fix either the climate or nature emergencies.

It’s time to pick a side, either we are on the side of life, supporting civil resistance and protecting our communities; or we are complicit with the criminals at the heart of government, who are knowingly pursuing policies that will kill hundreds of millions of people. Our politicians have been bought by big business and the fossil fuel lobby and we cannot be bystanders while they destroy everything we love.” [2]

The time is now. Join us in civil resistance on a slow march around the streets of London from April 24th.

Visit our website to join us in civil resistance at Just Stop Oil. [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] https://www.desmog.com/2023/03/30/conservatives-received-3-5-million-from-polluters-fossil-fuel-interests-and-climate-deniers-in-2022/

[3] Sign up to join Just Stop Oil supporters on a slow march this Spring: https://juststopoil.org/