Revealed: Just Stop Oil protester, 25, who covered snooker table in paint which brought Championship match to a halt, is a full-time student who glued himself to a painting at the Manchester Art Gallery, opposing having children ‘on moral grounds’
A Just Stop Oil protester who spray-painted a snooker table, stalling a World Cup match, is a full-time student glued to a painting who opposes having children ‘on moral grounds’.
Edred Whittingham, 25, studies politics, philosophy and economics at Exeter University.
The student asked for donations for his chosen cause of “civil resistance against the government” and admitted that he had been arrested six times in one year and spent a week in jail.
Mr Whittingham was previously arrested on September 14 last year after taking part in another Just Stop Oil protest at Kingsbury Oil Terminal in Warwickshire.
He was also arrested after sticking his hand to a painting in the Manchester Art Gallery during another Just Stop Oil protest in July last year.
Just Stop Oil protester Edred Whittingham, a 25-year-old Politics, Philosophy and Economics student at the University of Exeter, threw orange paint over a snooker table during the World Championship before being dragged away
The eco fanatic threw orange powder paint on the table, interrupting play on Monday night
Mr Whittingham also targeted Manchester Art Gallery in July last year with Just Stop Oil
He was pictured later that day with his mouth open as he was carried away from Kingsbury Oil Terminal by three police officers
Mr Whittingham speaks into a megaphone at a protest at the University of Exeter over meat and dairy products allegedly fueling the climate crisis
The eco fanatic was pictured handing out flyers to passersby at the same event
After that demonstration he was imprisoned for three days, Just Stop Oil said.
The eco-enthusiast has also sensationally claimed that he is “against having children on moral grounds” because he “cannot guarantee that there will be a habitable planet for them to grow up on”.
He told GB News: “I think it’s the moral choice given the circumstances we face.”
He added that he felt it was morally wrong to have children “If we don’t solve the climate crisis.”
Edred Whittingham (pictured) was previously arrested after taking part in a Just Stop Oil protest blocking the entrance to the Kingsbury Oil Terminal near Birmingham on September 14, 2022.
The seasoned protester was one of 51 Just Stop Oil protesters arrested that day
Security dragged him off the table and he was reportedly later arrested, according to Just Stop Oil
The balls and one end of the table were covered in the orange paint the protester threw
Earlier this year he appeared on GB News (pictured) where he said having children was ‘morally wrong’ because of the climate crisis
The eco-warrior has two brothers and a sister and is originally from Cambridge.
One of his brothers, Hannes, is a senior data scientist at AstraZeneca, who last year donated five percent of his salary to a climate fund that opposes global warming.
The brothers’ sister, Severn, counts a youth group Extinction Rebellion and a Marxist festival among her liked pages on Facebook.
Edred caused a World Cup snooker match to be canceled on Monday night after he poured paint on one of the tables.
Just Stop Oil said the protest was not aimed at snooker and that the event was chosen so that ‘millions’ would see the protest, which was met with boos and jeers from the crowd.