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Animal Rising Slow March in London in Solidarity with Just Stop Oil

Updated: May 31

  • At around 08:10 today, approximately 15 supporters of Animal Rising entered the road and began to slowly march in the roads surrounding Smithfields meat market.

  • The group joined Just Stop Oil’s campaign of slow-marching in its final week as a show of solidarity against climate inaction that threatens all life.

  • Animal Rising is calling for a plant-based food system and programme of rewilding to address our climate and ecological emergencies.

  • These marches come after the world experienced its hottest week on record earlier this July [1].

At around 08:10 on Friday 21st July, around 15 supporters of Animal Rising slowly marched in the roads surrounding Smithfields meat market in solidarity with climate action group Just Stop Oil. Like Just Stop Oil, Animal Rising are calling for greater Government action to address the climate and ecological crises.

At around 08:30, the group of marchers were served their first Section 12 notice by the police and voluntarily left the road. They have expressed their intention to re-enter the highway at another location and continue marching throughout the morning.

One of those marching Nathan, 24, who lives and works in London, said:
“I am marching on the road today because our security, safety, and way of life is under threat. Instead of listening to the experts, our morally bankrupt Government is intent on pursuing policies that threaten us all. Policies like licensing new oil and gas; or approving new, highly-polluting factory farms.
This month the world saw the hottest week on record, with worse to come. But the solutions are within our grasp. Solutions like affordable, reliable renewable energy. And a transition to a plentiful plant-based food system that gives land back to nature for rewilding and restoration, clean air, and countless wild species to thrive.”

In 2018, comprehensive research from the University of Oxford showed that 76% of the land currently used for food production would be freed-up by a global transition to plant-based production [2]. This land could be rewilded and begin carbon drawdown, mitigating the worst impacts of climate breakdown. A 2019 Harvard University report on UK farmland and food production from Helen Harwatt and Matthew N. Hayek also concluded that the UK would be carbon-negative if it completely transitioned to a plant-based food system [3].

Animal Rising is a nonviolent group repairing our relationship with all beings and giving us a chance for a safe ecological future. The group primarily calls for the transition to a secure and sustainable plant-based food system, alongside a mass rewilding programme.

Just Stop Oil are calling on the UK Government to halt new licences for oil and gas exploration.


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