Just Stop Oil supporters have disrupted the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. They are demanding that the UK government halts all new licenses and consents for oil, gas and coal.
Three activists threw environmentally-friendly orange confetti glitter and jigsaw pieces, stopping two separate matches.
The three, Deborah Wilde, Simon Milner-Edwards and William John Ward had this to say
Deborah, 68, a retired teacher from London, “I’m just an ordinary grandmother in resistance to this government’s policy of serving us new oil and gas licenses. In normal circumstances this sort of disruption would be entirely unacceptable, but these aren’t normal circumstances.”
Simon, 66, a retired musician, from Manchester, “I’m here for my grandchildren and everybody else’s. I’m not prepared to let our politicians wreck everything and leave the next generation to pick up the pieces. The last thing I want to do is spoil people’s enjoyment of Wimbledon, but right now, on Centre Court, it’s humanity vs oil and gas- and the umpire is getting every call wrong. How long are we going to take this before we see a McEnroe-level meltdown!?”
William, 66, a retired civil engineer from Epsom, “I don’t like making a racket, but I don’t want my grandchildren, nieces and nephews to suffer. Right now, millions of people are being forced outside of the conditions necessary to support human life.”
The Wimbledon Championships are currently under fire after signing a sponsorship deal with Barclays Bank, which has been accused of using the tournament as a means of greenwashing its reputation. Barclays gave $38bn to oil and gas companies, including Exxon Mobil, Shell and TotalEnergies, in the last two years.
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