Just Stop Oil climate activists want to end new fossil fuel production in UK: NPR

Activists threw soup at a Van Gogh painting in London. They were protesting against new oil and gas production.

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Activists threw soup at a Van Gogh painting in London. They were protesting against new oil and gas production.

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Just Stop Oil climate activists have gained visibility since their protest on Friday in which protesters threw Heinz tomato soup at Vincent van Gogh Sunflowers painting in the National Gallery, London. On Saturday, the pair were joined in court by another Just Stop Oil supporter who had sprayed a Scotland Yard sign in yellow paint.

Members of the UK-based group have previously drawn attention for gluing themselves to paintings in art galleries and blocking roads and even racetracks.

Campaigners say their aim is to ‘ensure the government is committed to ending all new licenses and permits for the exploration, development and production of fossil fuels in the UK’.

The UK government earlier this month opened a new round of licenses for oil and gas exploration in the North Sea off the east coast of England.

The protest movement says it practices non-violent civil resistance in an effort to get the government to act.

Over the spring, Just Stop Oil said its members had been arrested more than 1,000 times during a month-long protest campaign in which people blocked oil terminals.

Just Stop Oil protesters block the road at the back of Downing Street in London on Wednesday.

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Most of the money for its operations comes from the Los Angeles-based Climate Emergency Fund, which started with a $500,000 foundation grant from Getty Oil heiress Aileen Getty. Filmmaker Adam McKay contributed $4 million and joined its board last month.

Since Friday’s soup incident, some critics have pointed out that Just Stop Oil accepts donations in cryptocurrency, which has a reputation for having a devastating impact on the environment.

After sticking to the National Gallery wall under the painting on Friday, one of the activists shouted: ‘What is worth more, art or life?… Are you more concerned protecting a painting or protecting our planet?” “

The UK is facing an energy crisis that is expected to see 13% of the average household income spent on household energy and vehicle fuel. This follows the European Union’s decision to ban most Russian oil by December.

Fossil fuels are the main driver of emissions responsible for global warming. Since pre-industrial times, the climate has already warmed by more than 1 degree Celsius, leading to wildfires, hurricanes and more extreme heat waves.

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