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Just Stop Oil: Who are the protesters and why do they keep locking themselves to goalposts?

Just Stop Oil
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Protesters from the ‘Just Stop Oil’ group caused Everton’s game with Newcastle United to come to a halt on Thursday, with one protester tying himself to the goal post for eight minutes.

‘Louis’ broke onto the pitch at Goodison Park in the 57th minute wearing a T-shirt with ‘Stop Oil’ written on it, causing referee Craig Pawson to briefly stop play during the Premier League relegation clash. 

The group of activists took to social media shortly after to claim responsibility and shared Louis’ reasoning behind the stunt.

ghlinks provides detailed information about the new protest movement.

Who are Just Stop Oil?download

They are the successor group to Insulate Britain, who spent the autumn blocking streets to raise awareness of home insulation.

14 activists from Insulate Britain have been jailed and 74 more are being investigated for criminal offenses.

One of those jailed was 21-year-old student Louis McKechnie. 

The organisation describes itself as 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.”

It’s explicitly focused on young people taking action.

The group is also linked to Extinction Rebellion – with veteran activist Roger Hallam cited as the mastermind behind all three.

What do Just Stop Oil want?

The clue’s in the name. The group’s mission statement reads: “We must urgently end our reliance on fossil fuels to avoid irreversible changes in the earth’s climate system. We cannot continue to burn fossil fuels in the belief that future developments in carbon capture and storage and other so-called ‘unicorn technologies’ will allow us to suck vast quantities of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.”

It wants the UK to begin this immediately, by stopping new fossil fuel projects – giving the country eight years to transition to a zero-carbon economy.

The group continues: “Everyone knows we have to engage in massive changes. Just Stop Oil is a coalition of groups demanding the no-brainer things be done immediately – actions that will reduce the demand for fossil fuel energy dramatically such as insulating our homes, rethinking how we travel, getting on with renewable energy and making sure no-one is left behin

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