This morning, disruption continued as campaign group, Just Stop Oil, blocked off the motorway on day four of their activism on the M25. Kent police confirmed five suspected activists were arrested at around 6:20am this morning near Westerham, with climbing equipment, harnesses and banners being seized.
Just Stop Oil campaigns for the government bringing a stop to all new oil and gas projects across the UK. The group continues to warn of more protests until the government step up and act.
Spokesperson for Just Stop Oil, James Harvey, says he is worried but believes ‘we’re constrained by the system we’re in.’ In response to the drastic action, he also says civil resistance has a good track record and ‘we’re doing what is necessary’ and ‘we will stop all the protests and be able to go home when the government agrees to come to the table and discuss our demands’.
The government will commit to triple funding for climate adaptation as part of an 11.6 bn budget on international climate finance. The PM will also confirm £65 million in funding for the Nature, People and Climate Investment fund as well as a further £65.5 million for Clean Energy Innovation facilities, providing grants to researchers and scientists in developing countries to accelerate the development of clean technology. This is part of the UK’s commitment to supporting countries on the frontline of climate change.
The government are also tackling the climate change issue by enforcing more education in schools, giving young people the knowledge, and understanding to ‘create a better, greener world for future generations.’
Rishi Sunak tells COP27, ‘we can bequeath our children a greener planet and a more prosperous future. That’s a legacy we could be proud of’.