Dozens of Extinction Rebellion activists glued their hands to the London HQ of Shell today while hundreds marched on Buckingham Palace.
Video shared by XR shows two activists with their hands down on a reception desk with the logo of oil giant Shell visible in the background. Other pictures show three people holding XR signs saying: ‘Insiders wanted’.
Sharing the footage on their Twitter page, XR said: ‘Ordinary people have glued to the reception Shell HQ in London as protestors fill the lobby and surround the building.’
In the video, one of the protestors says: ‘We are here to talk to HR, because we feel like there is not much point in talking to people at a corporation like this because those people clearly have not got any idea what is going on.’
A security guard then arrives and asks if they have glued themselves to the desk, with the protestor replying: ‘We have, yes.’
Outside, one hundred people from XR held up a placard with the name of an individual Shell employee and the words ‘Please Join Us’, while activists also handed out flyers to staff urging them to ‘switch to the right side of history, before Shell turns toxic on your CV’.
Another group positioned a fireman’s trampoline below the office windows bearing the message: ‘Jump Ship’.
While the protests took place in and outside the Shell building, another group who said they were scientists, superglued themselves to an entrance of the nearby Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy as they continue to call for immediate action on climate change.
Hundreds of demonstrators also walked along Constitution Hill towards the Queen’s official London residence – although she is currently living at Windsor Castle – waving flags and holding a large banner saying: ‘End fossil fuels now’.
Also today, in a separate third protest, activists from the Just Stop Oil group – which is linked to XR – launched a 12th day of action by gluing their hands to roads and climbing on top of oil tankers in Purfleet, Essex.
There is an Esso oil refinery on the outskirts of the town, along with fuel tanker depots. The protests appeared to be taking place outside an Esso petrol station – and Essex Police officers were removing activists from the road.
Activists from Extinction Rebellion outside the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in London today
Video shared by XR shows two people with their hands down on a reception desk with a Shell sign visible in the background
Pictured: In the video, one of the protesters says: ‘We are here to talk to HR, because we feel like there is not much point in talking to people at a corporation like this because those people clearly have not got any idea what is going on.’
Pictures show three people holding a sign saying: ‘Insiders wanted’, at the reception of Shell HQ building in London today
Police formed a barrier to stop more activists entering Shell HQ in London after protesters managed to infiltrate the building
Pictured: Police carry away an activist from Extinction Rebellion who glued herself to the reception of the Shell building
Police take a break from carrying away an activist from Extinction Rebellion who glued herself to reception of the Shell HQ
Police lead away an activist from XR who glued herself to the reception of the Shell building on the Southbank in London
Police lead away an activist from Extinction Rebellion who glued himself to the reception of the Shell building in London
Activists glue themselves to an entrance at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in London today
Activists from Extinction Rebellion hold placards at an entrance to the Business Department in London today
Activists glue themselves to an entrance at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in London today
Demonstrators from Extinction Rebellion walk along Constitution Hill towards Buckingham Palace in London this afternoon
Speaking to Sky News reporters at the scene, one protestor in Purfleet said: ‘I’m here today to send a clear message to the Government that they must stop funding new oil and gas projects.
‘We have eight years of oil in this country, we don’t need any more. We have three to four years to do something about our emissions, to do something drastic before it is too late.’
Asked how she felt about working Britons being impacted by the protests, she said: ‘We are really sorry people are caught up in this. We don’t want to be here.
‘However we are in a climate emergency and we have to act, we have to start moving away from oil, or they won’t have a future to work in.’
The latest protest is the 12th day of action by Just Stop Oil. The eco-mob had their first day off since April 1 yesterday. ‘We decided to give them a break,’ a campaign official said.
The group has said it is planning a month of action across April. About 400 people have been arrested so far, according to Just Stop Oil, but they have vowed to continue until they are jailed.
A Just Stop Oil spokesman said yesterday: ‘Ministers have a choice: they can arrest and imprison Just Stop Oil supporters or agree to no new oil and gas. While Just Stop Oil supporters have their liberty the disruption will continue.’
The protest came as scientists wearing lab coats today arrived at the office of the Government’s business department carrying signs saying: ‘Science says new oil and gas = death.’
Richard Ecclestone, a former inspector with Devon and Cornwall police, was one of those at the XR protest at BEIS today. He said the scientists had decided on the action in the wake of the Government’s energy strategy.
He told the Guardian that the action had been put together to ‘draw the attention of the department for business, to remind them of what the science is.’
‘They’ve taken quotes from recent scientific reports saying basically there’s irrefutable evidence now that we cannot continue to search for and exploit oil and gas reserves, or that will mean death,’ he told the paper.
Meanwhile, Ecologist Dr Aaron Thierry, 36, who had his hand glued to the window of BEIS, said: ‘I really wish I was not here, but also I’m really glad that I’m here with all these scientists who know what’s right.’
Just Stop Oil launch further action today as they glue themselves to roads and climb on top of oil tankers in Purfleet, Essex
Just Stop Oil protesters sit on a road in Purfleet, Essex, this morning. There is an Esso oil refinery on the outskirts of the town
Activists from the Just Stop Oil campaign group block the roundabout at Purfleet in Essex today with police on the scene
Essex Police are at the scene in Purfleet this morning and appear to be attempting to remove the protestors from the roads
Activists from the Just Stop Oil campaign group block the roundabout at Purfleet in Essex today with police on the scene
Speaking to Sky News reporters at the scene of the demonstration in Purfleet, Essex, today, one protestor (pictured) said: ‘I’m here today to send a clear message to the Government that they must stop funding new oil and gas projects’
Where have Just Stop Oil and Extinction Rebellion struck in past fortnight?
Eco-mob glue their hands to the road and jump on top of oil tankers in Purfleet, Essex. They also march towards Buckingham Palace while others glue themselves to an entrance of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in London. Two protestors also glued themselves to the front desk of Shell’s HQ in London.
The protestors take their first day off during the action., ‘We decided to give them a break,’ a campaign official said. However, a group of XR activists carrying banners with ‘End Fossil Fuels Now’ target Lloyd’s HQ in London, forcing it to shut for a whole day.
Activists from the group target a fuel depot in Grays, Essex. Some spend more than 38 hours locked on to pipework above the depot’s loading bay. About 40 people are arrested.
Members of Just Stop Oil dig tunnels under access roads to the Kingsbury Oil terminal in Warwickshire. They are arrested on Sunday and Monday, according to Just Stop Oil. There are also protests outside the gates of the Buncefield Oil Terminal in Hemel Hempstead. Extinction Rebellion (XR), who are backing the Just Stop Oil campaign, also block Lambeth and Vauxhall bridges,
XR as part of the Just Stop Oil campaign, host sit-down demonstration in Regent Street and Oxford Circus.
XR target Tower Bridge in London, hanging up an ‘End Fossil Fuels’ now sign. One protestor suspends herself from the bridge using a wire and is eventually pulled up by rescue teams and is arrested by police.
Protesters from Just Stop Oil are seen targeting the Kingsbury terminal, near Tamworth, Warwarkshire. Video shows members of the group attempting to scale fences and make their way to the loading bay. In London, XR activist stage a protest outside the Treasure in London, rolling in barrels with the words ‘oil’ and ‘gas’ crossed out.
After days of protests at the Navigator Terminals, at West Thurrock, Essex, members of the group are removed. Just Stop Oil Tweets: ‘First removals of supporters happening inside the massive Navigator Terminal. Young people desperate and scared as a radical, reckless Government plans the destruction of their future.’
On the fifth day of the protests, eco-zealots block the entrance to the Kingsbury terminal in Warwickshire. At the same time, activists from the group, Louis McKechnie, Miranda Whelehan, Nathan McGovern, Claudia Penna Rojas and Cressida Gethin, hold a press conference in central London, as they continue to stage protests at oil depots.
Members of XR and Just Stop Oil block the entrance to an oil facility near London’s Heathrow Airport on their fourth day of action. The group say about 30 protesters had blocked the Esso West oil facility in west London as part of the campaign to force the government to end its reliance on fossil fuels. Meanwhile, a video is shared by one Just Stop Oil eco-zealot who is in an underground tunnel near to the Navigator oil terminal in Essex. The protestor, Ben 27, says he will leave the road once all new oil and gas projects are stopped. ‘I’m p***** off that our government is still investing in new fossil fuel projects,’ he says in the video.
More than 30 members of Just Stop Oil camp outside the Buncefield oil terminal in Hertfordshire overnight. In the early hours of the morning, 12 activists gain access to the site and enter the facility. A group of Christian climate activists also hold a communion in front of an oil tanker in Essex. The group set up a table, with a wine glass, red wine and bread and unfurl a Just Stop Oil banner.
After launching their campaign on April 1, the group continue their protests. A further 20 people are arrested in Essex, where Just Stop Oil protestors target a number of refineries.
Just Stop Oil and XR launch their month of action. Protestors target 10 critical sites including in Birmingham, London and Southampton.
Essex Police arrests 63 people after they target Inter Terminals UK, Grays, Navigator Terminals Thames, Grays, Purfleet Fuels Terminal.
The group also strike in the midlands, targeting Esso Birmingham, Kingsbury Oil Terminal, Warwickshire, and the BP Depot, Tamworth.
XR strike in the south, targeting Esso West, near Heathrow Airport, Esso Hythe, Southampton and BP Hamble, also near Southampton.
It comes after around 40 eco-activists were arrested at Inter Terminals in Grays, Essex, on Monday. Members of the group had spent more than 38 hours locked on to pipework above the loading bay.
Following Monday’s protests, Downing Street promised a crackdown on eco-activists using ‘guerilla tactics’.
In the strongest statement yet on the eco-mob ‘Just Stop Oil’, Number 10 pledged that it would ‘not tolerate’ those obstructing people ‘going about their day-to-day business’.
Responding to the group’s tactics, a No 10 spokesman said: ‘We recognise the strength of feeling and the right to protest is a cornerstone of our democracy, but we won’t tolerate guerrilla tactics that obstruct people going about their day-to-day business.’
The spokesman added: ‘We fully support the police who are putting significant resource into their response to the demonstrations.’
It comes as a furious motorist earlier this week revealed how they had to drive 46 miles to fill up because of the disruption to the UK’s petrol supplies, while others said they did not have enough fuel to go to work today.
One driver, recounting their nightmare journey yesterday, told MailOnline: ‘Every petrol station we tried was shut – we drove 11 miles to Aylesbury first and then 17 miles to Bicester before giving up and driving the ten miles back home.
‘The next day we drove to Winslow which is another eight miles away before finding fuel there. It is total pot luck’
On Monday morning, other drivers took to social media to vent their frustration at the protesters’ ‘selfish, naive’ actions.
‘No petrol stations near to me have any fuel, no fuel means I can’t work,’ one Twitter user wrote.
Another added: ‘I’m working today. I have enough petrol to get there but we probably don’t have enough fuel in the work vehicles to take vulnerable people to medical appointments so they’ll have to be cancelled.’
Priti Patel has called the protesters ‘selfish, fanatical and frankly dangerous’ while George Eustice, the Environment Secretary, criticised their ‘extreme’ tactics.
Campaign group Fair Fuel said up to a third of petrol stations were closed yesterday, while pictures showed some remained shut today.
Fair Fuel founder Howard Cox told MailOnline supplies remained ‘patchy’ – with diesel particularly affected – but overall the situation was better than on the weekend.
The AA on Sunday night said shortages had been ‘isolated’ and none of its 2,700 patrols had experienced difficulties getting fuel.
Meanwhile, the Petrol Retailers Association, which represents around 65 per cent of independently owned forecourts, said: ‘We are aware of protests at several fuel supply sites; however, the majority are unaffected.’
Supply issues tend to hit motorists in London and the South East worse than elsewhere.
This is most likely due the regions’ higher population densities, Gordon Balmer, executive director of the Petrol Retailers Association, has previously said.
Campaign group Just Stop Oil is now on its eleventh day of disruptive protests.
A video posted at 3.30am on Monday morning showed one activist at Grays oil depot filming a selfie video from inside a pipe.
‘We’re still in the pipes, still stopping oil, still stopping whatever we non-violently can to resist the collapse of our liveable future,’ he said.
‘We really hope to make it to 24 hours and beyond because that’s the only way this government will listen.
‘This corrupt government that is pushing us towards not just a climate catastrophe but a social crisis.
‘We’re in the depths of a cost of living emergency… we’re in the depths of a legitimacy crisis and unless Boris Johnson gets on with the job and stops oil and legitimacy crisis will extend to the entire global system’.
Today, Environment Secretary George Eustice said: ‘A right to protest is important but not if it’s causing havoc with other people’s lives.
‘That’s wrong and not acceptable.
‘We all recognise that we need to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels… this is a mainstream agenda, people really don’t need to do these extreme protests to get their point heard.’
Protesters have been holding up fuel supplies by targeting Grays oil depot and two other crucial sites in Warwickshire and Hertfordshire.
And over the weekend, activists from climate group Extinction Rebellion (XR) also blocked two central London bridges in a series of ‘exceptionally dangerous’ stunts.
The mayhem comes ahead of a record 21.5million motorists preparing to take to the roads this coming Easter weekend.
A frustrated Priti Patel said: ‘Hard-working people across our country are seeing their lives brought to a standstill by selfish, fanatical and frankly dangerous so-called activists.
‘Keir Starmer’s Labour Party repeatedly voted against our proposals that would have given the police extra powers to deal with this eco mob. The police have my full backing in doing everything necessary to address this public nuisance.’
Pictured: Activists breached security at the HQ in London and interrogated staff about what role they did for the company
Shell staff questioned the cameraman’s permission to be in the building as he claimed he worked for Shell as a videographer
A group of Just Stop Oil activists at a major oil depot in Grays, Essex, on Monday
Long queues at a petrol station in Hampton, Peterborough, on Monday morning, where only a few pumps were in operation
A sign reading ‘out of fuel’ outside a station in Ashford in Kent on Monday as it was forced to turn away drivers
Pumps at a petrol station in Ashford in Kent covered with ‘sorry out of use’ tags on Monday
In a sign of the havoc, nearly a third of drivers surveyed in the Midlands and the South East reported a lack of fuel at forecourts on Monday. Diesel was in especially short supply.
Ministers had planned to introduce new powers to help police tackle eco-protesters but the measures were blocked in the House of Lords in January.
At the time, Miss Patel accused Labour of siding with ‘vandals and thugs’.
Proposed measures had included an offence of ‘locking on’ in a bid to stop protesters resorting to the common tactic of chaining themselves to buildings and vehicles.
New stop and search powers were also proposed to allow police to detain protesters arriving carrying bike locks and other equipment designed to make themselves difficult to remove.
Ministers are expected to try to revive the measures in the next Queen’s Speech.
On Sunday the Just Stop Oil and Extinction Rebellion fanatics brought chaos to fuel depots. At the Kingsbury oil terminal in Warwickshire they claimed to have dug a tunnel under a tanker route in a bid to block deliveries to forecourts.
Up to 40 campaigners then locked themselves to the gates of the Buncefield terminal in Hertfordshire. This was followed by further action at the Exolum storage terminal in Grays, Essex.
A video posted at 3.30am on Monday showed a Just Stop Oil protester at Grays oil depot in Essex saying ‘we’re still out here’
Members of the public vented their fury at ‘selfish- eco protesters on Monday morning after Just Stop Oil targeted oil refineries in the UK
The group has vowed to continue until ministers agree to stop all new fossil fuel investments. On Lambeth Bridge, hundreds of protesters prevented cars and buses from using the key route linking north and south London.
The protest had a festival atmosphere, with speakers playing dance music and a stall handing out pasta and falafel. The activists sat down and refused to move for hours. However they allowed ambulances to pass.
A samba band joined the protesters blocking cars and buses on Vauxhall Bridge.
The Metropolitan Police reopened both London bridges by 8pm, making 38 arrests. Essex Police said the depot protest tactics were becoming ‘exceptionally dangerous’ and putting activists and officers at ‘unacceptable’ risk of harm.
Assistant Chief Constable Glen Pavelin said: ‘We cannot stand by while criminal acts are being committed, and lives are being put at risk, in the name of protest.’
The force has made 338 arrests since the protests began on April 1.
Warwickshire Police has detained 180 people and its assistant chief constable, Ben Smith, said: ‘While we will always recognise and respect the public’s right to peaceful protest, we will take action against anyone who breaks the law or causes significant impact on the local community.’
A spokesman for the UK Petroleum Industry Association said: ‘The industry is working hard to ensure fuels are being delivered as quickly as possible.’
The eco zealots causing havoc at petrol pumps: Just Stop Oil activists include jet-setting yachtswoman, 23, who travelled to Bali, ‘John Lennon lookalike’ who has been arrested 16 times, and rollerskater who turned her back on watchmaking
By Martin Robinson, Chief Reporter for MailOnline
The green zealots trying to make Britain run out of fuel are a bunch of privileged students and professional protesters, MailOnline can reveal today.
Activists from Just Stop Oil have been hampering access to petrol and diesel for days, demanding that the Government stops new fossil fuel projects by digging tunnels below refineries, vandalising tankers or storming the terminals to climb on to the pipes.
Essex Police has arrested more than 350 protesters since the disruption started on April 1 – while queues have formed at petrol stations across the country and some have even shut down due to a shortage of fuel.
One of the ringleaders is ‘John Lennon lookalike’ Louis McKechnie, a Bournemouth University graduate last seen ‘surfing’ on an oil truck in Essex on Friday. He became a poster boy for JSO after he tied himself to a goalpost to disrupt a Premier League at Everton last month.
Around 12 students remain within the pipes at Grays Inter Terminal today, including former boarding school choir girl and now Cambridge University student Cressie Gethin. With her in the rafters is student Nathan McGovern, another golden boy of the movement.
Also manning the barricades are Brighton-based activist Hannah Hunt, 23, another student with a taste for expensive hobbies and travel, and Eben Lazarus, who describes himself as a ‘musician and activist’.
And in the tunnels below the BP Kingsbury Oil Terminal in Warwickshire is retired vicar Tim Hewes, a veteran of the Extinction Rebellion and Insulate Britain movement who also sewed his lips together in protest against Rupert Murdoch.
Other members of the Just Stop Oil group, which is closely linked to the Extinction Rebellion, Animal Rebellion and Insulate Britain groups, is a rollerskating watchmaker and JSO’s official ‘de-escalator’, XR’s ‘arts co-ordinator’ and a Welsh organic farmer whose family business failed and he blamed climate change.
These are the protesters at the heart of the current chaos that is leaving millions of Britons short on fuel:
The Lennon-lookalike posterboy: Louis McKechnie
Louis McKechnie, 21, stormed the pitch and zip-tied himself to the goalpost at Goodison Park during the game between Everton and Newcastle United last month
From left: Louis McKechnie, Miranda Whelehan, Nathan McGovern, Claudia Penna Rojas and Cressida Gethin, during their Just Stop Oil press conference in central London today
Nathan McGovern, 22, and Louis McKechnie, 21, say they have been disrupting operations at Grays oil depot, in Essex, for approximately 31 hours after chaining themselves to pipes high up at the site on Sunday afternoon
Louis McKechnie, 21, an engineering student, was charged with pitch encroachment and aggravated trespass after the incident at Goodison Park during the game between Everton and Newcastle United last month.
He stormed the pitch halfway through the match and zip-tied himself to the goalpost wearing a bright orange t-shirt saying: ‘Just stop oil.’ Louis has said he has received ‘hundreds’ of death threats since running on to the pitch.
McKechnie is a Bournemouth University student whose activism began with Extinction Rebellion (XR) in 2020 before he joined vegan group Animal Rebellion.
The 21-year-old, whose experience of work appears to be only stints with a local fish-and-chip shop and supermarket, was one of the ‘Highway Nine’ Insulate Britain protesters jailed for blocking the M25 last year.
After serving half of a three-month prison sentence, he warned: ‘What comes next will make Insulate Britain look like child’s play.’
Rebel reverend: Tim Hewes
Reverend Hewes, who once sewed up his lips in protest at the influence of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, was also repeatedly part of the mob blocking the M25 despite already being arrested numerous times.
The activist has ‘permission to officiate’ in the Diocese of Oxford although he does not have a parish, and is today in tunnels under an oil tanker route.
Asked about Rev Hewes last year, a spokesman for the diocese said: ‘The actions of Rev Hewes and others, while arguably well-intentioned, have frustrated many people and we’re unclear how the actions have been productive in encouraging the urgent change required.’
Rev Hewes, a retired dentist, previously said the Bishop of Dorchester, Gavin Collins, who comes under the Diocese of Oxford, had told him ‘he does support issues regarding climate change and the environment but not about breaking the law’.
Reverend Hewes was repeatedly part of the mob blocking the M25 despite already being arrested numerous times and is now helping Just Stop Oil by entering tunnels
Reverend Hewes blockading the M25 with Insulate Britain and sewing his lips together in a bizarre attack on Rupert Murdoch
Today he is in a tunnel under a key tanker route to the BP Kingsbury Terminal in Warwickshire.
He said: ‘I’m here because our government is useless, they make a lot of noise but they are doing nothing.
‘As a priest I have a duty of care for people, and also for creation. What I’m doing here, with everyone in this caravan, is what our government should be doing – that is trying to protect our families and our loved ones from the appalling future that stands before us.
‘I hope we can continue what we’re doing and stop the flow of oil, if the government won’t.’
The jetsetting yachtswoman: Hannah Hunt
Pictured: Louis McKechnie and Hannah Hunt outside Downing Street in February
Ms Hunt’s Instagram shows her holidaying in locations including Australia, Greece, Gran Canaria and Bali (pictured)
She is currently in the rafters of the Grays refinery, with Eben Lazarus (pictured together)
Hannah seen today at the Grays oil depot
The JSO protester is from Brighton, a common home town for Green zealots.
Miss Hunt is a former XR supporter who broke into an ExxonMobil Oil refinery in Hampshire. She also posed with Mr McKechnie outside Downing Street with a letter for Boris Johnson.
She also glued herself to the red carpet at the Bafta awards and admits to experiencing severe anxiety before a protest. But describing her state after starting she said she enjoys ‘a weird, dreamy, calm mindset’ she finds empowering.
The Brighton-based activist studied at Sussex University, where she joined the sailing team. Her Instagram shows her holidaying in locations including Australia, Greece, Gran Canaria and Bali.
She is currently in the rafters of the Grays refinery, with Eben Lazarus, a musician and activist also from Brighton. Sharing a video she said they were ‘cold and uncomfortable’ 17 hours into their protest, but added: ‘But that suffering is minute compared to those in the frontline of the climate crisis’.
Eben then encourages people to ‘step up’ and join protests because ‘nobody can be a bystander if we want any chance of a future’.
XR’s ‘arts-co-ordinator’: Indigo Rumbelow
Eco-fanatic Indigo Rumbelow, 27, from Gower, South-West Wales, has been arrested at least five times. In a Zoom call watched by The Mail on Sunday last week, she told activists: ‘We want to create sustained disruption for two weeks.’
Describing her motivations, Miss Rumbelow said: ‘My generation is being forced into action because our Government is destroying our future. We will immediately end all actions when it makes a statement that it will stop all new oil and gas.’
Indigo was first arrested at Cannes Lions Advertising Festival in 2019 for gate-crashing a Facebook conference and has been held by police on at least six occasions since then.
In 2020 she began digging up the lawn in front of the Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government and was arrested again in Parliament Square later that year when she blocked the road.
Justifying her behaviour recently she said: ‘The only thing to do in a system that is driving itself to extinction is to rebel. If we look at the history books, we can see that the only way of creating the nonlinear change we need is for people to commit civil disobedience and force that change.
‘Currently too few people are taking the necessary action. I urge anyone reading this article to realise that they too can rebel. In order to prevent ecosystem and societal collapse, at this pivotal moment in history, ordinary people need to take extra-ordinary action’.
The rollerskating watchmaker: Amy Rugg-Easey
One of the abseilers was serial protester Amy Rugg-Easey (pictured after being arrested), a Labour voting watchmaker and rollerskater from Newcastle upon Tyne
People are questioning how protesters were able to shut down central London again. Miss Rugg-Easey (picture), describes herself as a ‘rebel for life’
Miss Rugg-Easey was involved in shutting down Tower Bridge last Friday.
She and an unnamed man threw themselves off the bridge using abseil ropes and tiers a giant ‘End fossil fuels now’ banner.
The Labour-voting voting watchmaker and rollerskater from Newcastle upon Tyne describes herself as a ‘rebel for life’.
Describing her descent into eco-activism she said: ‘I quit my career in watchmaking to study environmental science after listening to science podcasts while working at my bench. I remember thinking at the time ‘it can’t be that bad’. Climate change was something that you heard about every now again in the news as if it was the weather. When I really started to look at the facts, I started to panic. I felt a need to do something about it.
When I began my degree, I had already been to a few Extinction Rebellion meetings and their famous ‘heading for extinction’ talk. ‘It can’t be that bad’ I thought. I’d hoped that when I started studying, the things I would learn would show that that talk had been a huge exaggeration. Unfortunately, that was not the case’.
Describing the abseiling stunt she said: ‘I was terrified stepping off that bridge. I decided to put my name out and wear my signature blue jacket hoping that people I’ve met would recognise me and realise that climate activists are just normal people too. I also know that it creates a target on my back. Certain people will wish that I’d died on that bridge today. I know that it makes my mum worry.
‘I’m hoping my actions inspires others to be brave and take their first steps in fighting for our future. Not everyone has to hang off a bridge and get arrested, but everyone has to take meaningful action for things to change’.
The Cambridge music student: Cressie Gethin
Cressida Gethin during the latest Just Stop Oil protest
Miss Gethin, a former student of the prestigious Hereford Cathedral School, is currently among the group holding up the Grays refinery. She appears to be one of the five main founders of Just Stop Oil.
Cressie, a music student from Murray Edwards at Cambridge University, has been campaigning on climate issues at her college.
She told The Tab: ‘I was very very surprised that Murray Edwards came out bottom of the league tables for their climate policies because I had imagined it was something they would have cared about and been active on’.
The talented chorister has performed with her brother, also a singer.
The LBC mic gluer: Nathan McGovern
Nathan McGovern is currently holding up an oil refinery with his comrades
Mr McGovern invaded the Tottenham v West Ham match and was dragged off the pitch after he failed
Mr McGovern, from Just Stop Oil, said that presenter Tom Swarbrick was not using his ‘massive platform’ to tell people about the climate ‘situation’
22-year-old King’s College London student Nathan McGovern, who studies religion. The Coventry activist has flirted with XR and Animal Rebellion and disrupted a game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The Coventry activist has flirted with XR and Animal Rebellion and disrupted the game after finishing a Masters degree in religion at King’s College London earlier this year
Eight days ago he was speaking to Tom Swarbrick in LBC’s Westminster studio when he glued his hand to the microphone at around 11.40am.
Mr McGovern said that the station was ‘not using’ its ‘massive platform’ to inform listeners of the dangers of the climate crisis
Speaking live, Mr McGovern said to Mr Swarbrick: ‘You have a massive platform, a microphone that you can use to tell people about the situation we’re in and you’re not using it.
‘An ordinary person like me is having to take the microphone and tell your viewers the situation we are in.’
The LBC presenter said: ‘For those of you listening wondering what the banging on the microphone is, Mr McGovern seems to have, you’ve glued yourself to the microphone? That’s fantastic.’
After the incident, LBC presenter and Daily Mail columnist Andrew Pierce took over the live programme from Global’s Leicester Square, before handing back to Mr Swarbrick when arrived there.
During this time, Mc McGovern was left in the studio in the dark while waiting for police to arrive.
He appeared as a spokesperson for Animal Rebellion advocating a ‘plant-based food system’ on Nigel Farage’s GB News show in October 2021.
After the disruption, the group tweeted: ‘Every new oil and gas facility tightens the noose around the necks of our young people. If the media will not communicate their predicament they will have no choice but to take the microphone.’
Just Stop Oil’s official ‘de-escalator’: Pavel Ivanov
Mr Ivanov is billed as an expert in diffusing rows that break out at the protests when JSO’s members shut down roads, for example.
Speaking to The Guardian he described the ‘astonishing’ abuse they suffer, in a tacit admission that they are struggling to win over many of their critics.
In one incident linked to the blockading of oil refineries, one driver who had protesters on his roof said: ‘If the police weren’t here, I’d come up and f**king throw you off myself.’
Another activist with a ladder was told: ‘You put that up there, mate, and I’m going to ram it down your f**king throat’.
Mr Ivanov claims n one occasion someone got him by the throat as friends were heckled: ‘You look like you’re just out of nappies. Go and get a f**king job’.
JSO’s graphic designer who won’t have a baby until she tries to ‘fix the world’: Gabriella Ditton
Gabriella Ditton, 27, blocks a tanker in East Anglia last week
Another JSO activist is graphic designer Gabriella Ditton, 27, from Norfolk, who was arrested for blocking oil trucks on Friday.
In a newspaper interview, Ms Ditton – who attended Wymondham College in Norfolk, where annual boarding fees are more than £12,000 – bragged: ‘I’ve been arrested 16 times and it’s honestly fine.’ She has stripped naked and covered her body in oil at protests.
The group said last week: ‘Gabriella would love nothing more than to have a family and continue her career as a graphic designer, but feels those things aren’t an option for her anymore because of the state of the world’.
The 27-year-old, who works as an animator, became hooked after going to an Extinction Rebellion talk. She said: ‘I was getting my life in order to have a baby and went to the Heading for Extinction talk. I realised I couldn’t bring a baby into the world before trying to fix it first.
‘I started the way everyone does, with petitions, emailing my MP, going on marches. But I realised it doesn’t work. In the future, I want to be able to say with total sincerity that I did everything I could and really mean it. I’m so frightened about society falling apart – I’m so deadly terrified that I will do literally anything to prevent it from happening’.
Organic farmer and XR co-founder who branded the Holocaust ‘just another f**kery in human history’: Roger Hallam
Roger Hallam, co-founder of Extinction Rebellion, being arrested while setting up a toy drone inside London Heathrow airport’s exclusion zone during a protest in September 2019
Roger Hallam is the co-founder of Extinction Rebellion who believes paralysing traffic will eventually cause food shortages and trigger uprisings.
He once stood unsuccessfully in the 2019 European Parliament election in the London constituency as an independent, winning 924 of the 2,241,681 votes cast, which was around 0.04 per cent of the vote.
He became interested in climate change in his 40s when an organic farm he ran in south Wales went bankrupt because of extreme weather conditions.
Hallam went on hunger strike in 2017 to demand King’s College London stop investing in fossil fuels. His stated ambition for the group is to ‘bring down all the regimes in the world and replace them’, starting with Britain.
He encouraged his followers to get arrested at demonstrations en-masse as a way of raising awareness of climate change.
In a recent video on YouTube, he said protesters should be ready to cause disruption through personal ‘sacrifice’. If necessary, they ‘should be willing to die’.
In 2019 he apologised for comments he made describing the Holocaust as ‘just another f**kery in human history’.
Hallam, 55, sparked outrage in Germany yesterday by comparing the murder of six million Jewish people at the hands of the Nazis to other historical massacres and claiming that the memory of the Shoah – or Holocaust – was holding Germany back.
The former organic farmer was quickly condemned by Extinction Rebellion groups in Germany, as well as the German government after his comments to a newspaper in the country