Just Stop Oil eco-zealot covers historic building in orange paint then complains when police turn up

Just Stop Oil eco-zealot covers historic building in orange paint then complains when police turn up

Watch the student get himself into hot water with a bizarre act of eco-zealotry

Ben Chapman

By Ben Chapman

Published: 09/10/2023

- 15:09

Updated: 09/10/2023

- 16:40

The 21-year-old student said 'we won't have a world by 2050'

Just Stop Oil’s latest act of eco-zealotry came at the University of Bristol with a supporter caking the historic Queen’s Building in orange paint.

In a moment that threatens to spark the wrath of Britons, 21-year-old student Ben Meehan strolled alongside the building armed with a fire extinguisher, covering the glass facade as students and staff watched on.

Meehan was promptly arrested with three police cars and six policemen arriving on the scene.

To which his Just Stop Oil supporters complained on social media: "3 police cars, 6 police vs 1 student. Really?"

After breaking the law, the student then turned to the camera to unleash a bizarre rant, suggesting the university are culpable for a portion of the world’s emissions.

21-year-old Ben Meehan covers Queen's Building in Bristol with paint

Ben Meehan's act is the latest in a long string of law-breaking actions from the group


He took a break from ruining the building's aesthetic to turn to the camera and say: “This university takes money from Airbus and Rolls Royce.

“Two companies that represent just under two per cent of the world’s emissions.


“A university founded on the exploitation and murder of those in the global south carries on that fine tradition. Rolls Royce has a target for net zero by 2050. There will not be a world left by 2050.

“We have a moral responsibility as students to not stand by and be complicit in this genocide. This comes back to this genocidal Government.

“This paint will wash out, but the blood on Rishi Sunak’s hands will not come out.”

He proceeds to call on fellow like-minded eco-zealots to join the group in their efforts to wreak havoc across London throughout November.

21-year-old Ben Meehan

The student was arrested after making the trip to Bristol


The group are calling on the Government to end all new oil and gas projects, and promise to carry on with law breaking actions until their demands are met.

In a statement, the group said: “We are not prepared to stand by and watch while the government plans for millions to die and destroys everything we care about.

“It’s up to all of us now to come together and resist. We cannot let them divide us.

Together we can be the real opposition this country needs and we will win. We will stop new oil and gas.”

Dale Vince

Dale Vince has used his football club, Forest Green Rovers, to promote Just Stop Oil with the use of advertising hoardings


The group are planning a series in marches in London “day after day” from 29th October.

Just Stop Oil became infamous as a result of their actions which have halted sports events and day-to-day life for many.

Activists have stood in the middle of traffic, causing mass jams as a result, and they have stormed onto the field of play at sporting events like the Premier League rugby final at Twickenham.

They claim the planet is on course for climate ruin in the coming years and feel they are justified in their actions as a result, as they seek to gain maximum publicity from each stunt.

The group recently suffered a blow as they lost funding from green energy industrialist Dale Vince, who is opting to instead focus on an anti-Conservative campaign to get the vote out of the younger generation.

The Ecotricity founder’s links to the group have proven problematic for Labour, given his investment in the opposition party.

BBC presenter and climate activist Chris Packham is also a high profile supporter of the group, but he admitted on Friday their methods “haven’t been working”.

In quotes reported by the Telegraph, Packham told the Cheltenham Literature Festival that groups like Just Stop Oil needed a “portfolio of techniques” and should not just “plough on regardless” with their methods.

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