Earlier this month an additional licensing round for oil and gas development in the North Sea off the east coast of England was opened by the British government.
This comes after the household budgets in the UK have taken a bigger impact than any other western European country due to the energy crisis.
According to CNN, the UK energy crisis is “bigger than the pandemic. It’s a big national crisis.”
“The United Kingdom will have to find an answer to soaring energy bills soon or risk a humanitarian crisis. But freezing gas and electricity prices over the next two winters could cost the government over £100 billion ($118 billion), more than it spent paying millions of people’s salaries during the pandemic,” the outlet reported.
But this does not sway the anti-fossil fuel protesters in Great Britain.
On Sunday, an individual associated with the “Just Stop Oil” activist group spray-painted the Aston Martin car dealership on Park Lane to protest the new fossil fuel licenses in the North Sea.
The whole incident was captured by filmmaker Rich Felgate.
Just Stop Oil is a climate activist group in the UK using civil resistance demanding the UK Government agrees to end all new oil and gas production. It launched on 14 February 2022.
According to the activist group, “New oil and gas will lead to crop failure, food shortages and the collapse of law and order. Human civilization as we know it is on the verge of collapse.”
“We will not be stopped by injunctions that are intended to silence protests,” said the protester while a man in the background laughed at him.
“We are a nonviolent civil disobedience movement. We know that the changes in the law, the injunctions against us, are irrelevant in comparison with mass starvation, with the genocidal policies that our government is pushing for with 100 new fossil fuel licenses in the North Sea.”
Watch the video below:
NOW – Eco activists spray paint Aston Martin showroom in London hours after they were branded “thugs and vandals” by the UK Home Secretary.pic.twitter.com/a5jucVVH4B
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) October 16, 2022
“Every single day, our government continues commissioning new fossil fuel licenses rather than insulating the homes of the UK, rather than investing in public transport for everybody. Right?” the protester said.
“When you see it behind you, this is the exact opposite of the kind of public transport that this country needs, right? Very, very private, very, very expensive cars for the very, very few. We need countrywide systemic change and we need it as soon as we can get it.”
Watch the video below:
— Rich Felgate (@richfelgate) October 16, 2022
On, Friday, two disturbed women of the activist group Just Stop Oil threw tomato soup over a painting by Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers that was on display at London’s National Gallery.
Phoebe Plummer, 21, from London, and Anna Holland, 20, from Newcastle dumped two cans of Heinz tomato soup all over an $80.99 million painting, which is protected by glass.
According to the London Metropolitan Police, specialists removed the two women from the wall and they have been taken into custody after being arrested for “criminal damage and aggravated trespass,” CNBC reported.
Some critics have pointed out that Just Stop Oil has taken cryptocurrency donations since the soup incident on Friday, and that cryptocurrency is known to have terrible effects on the environment, according to NPR.
— Damien Gayle (@damiengayle) October 14, 2022