Over the past couple of weeks Insulate Britain has caused quite the stir. At first, the activist group were blocking the M25, however in recent weeks they have taken to blocking busier areas in and around Southeast England. The group’s actions has caused controversy amongst the public, with many people branding them “selfish” and “irresponsible.”
The public’s anger is growing day by day, with people being prevented from seeing their loved ones in hospital or being unable to take their young children to school, drivers are aggravated and have started to resort to violence in order to tackle the activists.
One mum from Essex rammed the crowd with her Range Rover as they prevented her from driving her son to school. Speaking to the Daily mail the 34-year-old said ‘I was absolutely fuming they were in the road blocking me from taking my son to school. How dare they have the audacity to do that.”
Another motorist tied a protestor to the side of the road with his own banner when he wouldn’t move to let him drive past to get to work. Fellow furious drivers are following suit in this more physical approach at getting past the protestors, it is safe to say that the activist group aren’t loved by motorists of the UK.
Speaking to one motorist who narrowly missed a protest last week “It just makes me so angry to think they have the right to physically stop people from earning a living or going to see their loved ones, I almost got caught up in it all last week and I swear to god I would have reacted the same exact way as that mum who rammed them.”
Their actions may be questionable, but they and their supporters say it’s for a good cause. The UK has over 29 million homes and every year huge amounts of precious energy is wasted in heating our homes. Almost 15% of the UK’s total emissions comes from heating homes, in order to meet the legal obligations under the climate change act 2008, emissions from heating homes must be reduced by a total of 78% in less than 15 years before the damage to our environment is irreversible. Insulate Britain’s demands are:
The activists have promised “half term chaos” if the government don’t stand down and come up with a solution to the insulation crisis. The group temporarily paused their protests to give the government time to come up with a reasonable plan but will resume protesting on October 25th if their needs aren’t met.
Insulate Britain hold a national open zoom call every Monday, Wednesday and Sunday, so if you are keen to get involved then why not join the call here!