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“To stand up and be able to do this stuff is a serious privilege, and I just think we should do it if we can.”

Miranda Whelehan is a Just Stop Oil activist who has been arrested five times for her activism. The campaign’s central demand is that the government stop granting new licenses for fossil fuels.

“We have to push for the action that’s needed right now, and if that means criminal records and all that comes after that, I think that’s a step that needs to be taken,” Whelehan said. Hannah Moore.

The Just Stop Oil protests have drawn the attention of new outlets around the world. Guardian Journalist Damien Gayle filmed the action at the National Gallery last month when two protesters threw soup at Van Gogh’s sunflowers. He tells Moore how the tactics of environmental protesters have evolved in recent years and how far they are willing to go.

In response to Just Stop Oil and other climate protests in recent years, the House of Commons passed a new Public Order Bill to give police more powers to stop people from protesting. It is currently being debated by the Lords, but could mean more environmental protesters face a prison sentence.

But for protesters like Whelehan, the threat of this bill makes them more determined. “We just have to keep going,” they say.



'Just Stop Oil' sprayed with orange paint on the Bank of England.

Photography: Vuk Valcic/ZUMA Press Wire/REX/Shutterstock

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