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Greta Thunberg Defends Insulate Britain's Tactic Of Blocking Roads

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Greta Thunberg Defends Insulate Britain's Tactic Of Blocking Roads

Greta Thunberg has defended the actions of some climate activists such as the Insulate Britain protesters who have been causing havoc on UK roads.

The 18-year-old - who arrived in Glasgow yesterday (30 October) ahead of the COP26 summit - explained that she believes as long as no-one is hurt then it can be necessary to 'anger some people', after being asked about environmental demonstrations.

Credit: PA Images/Alamy Stock Photo
Credit: PA Images/Alamy Stock Photo

Her comments come at a time when environmental group Insulate Britain have been blocking roads, prompting anger and frustration from some motorists.

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Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, Greta said: "To make clear, as long as no-one gets hurt ... then I think sometimes you need to anger some people.

"Like, for instance, the school strike movement would never have become so big if there wasn't friction, if some people didn't get p***** off."

She went on to explain that she thinks countries with clear rights to protest have 'more responsibility' to demonstrate on climate change.

Insulate Britain activists are removed by police. Credit: Alamy
Insulate Britain activists are removed by police. Credit: Alamy
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Explaining that she tries to speak to activists in countries like China where people do not have the same rights, she told Marr: "It makes you just feel so grateful that we are actually able to protest and that just puts more responsibility on us who actually have the right to protest, to use that right.

"Not just for our sake but for everyone's sake, especially for their sake to help them as well."

Insulate Britain - which is a group of climate activists with links to Extinction Rebellion - is asking for the government to take decisive action on the climate crisis, as well as insulating all homes in Britain to help efforts to preserve the planet.

In doing so, they've been met with anger from people inconvenienced by their protects which have included blocking roads, resulting in people being stopped from taking their children to school or attending hospital appointments.

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Whilst most agree that climate action must be taken, some disagree with Insulate Britain's methods. Credit: Alamy
Whilst most agree that climate action must be taken, some disagree with Insulate Britain's methods. Credit: Alamy

Tracey Mallaghan, who has herself taken part in two roadblocks and spent a week in prison as a result, told LADbible: "Insulate Britain was set up to disrupt the public because you have to disrupt enough normal people that the media then as no choice but to report on it.

"Then, it has to cost the government money, which blocking the motorway does. That's the arteries of this 'business as usual' that is killing us."

In response to the anger that their protesting has been met by, as well as the reports of people stuck in the traffic seeking medical treatment, Mallaghan continued: "Mostly, it breaks my heart.

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"In that moment if you're trying to get to a job interview or to hospital, of course that anger is totally understandable."

She added: "I can't get out of my head what the science says - 95 percent chance we're going [temperatures will rise] over two degrees.

"Nobody would get on a plane that had a 95 percent chance of crashing.

"A two degree world means my kids' future is very unsteady, it means famine, drought, war, a billion people on the move, and everything that war means. I'm terrified."

Featured Image Credit: PA Images/Alamy Stock Photo

Topics: Environment, Greta Thunberg, News

Rebecca Shepherd
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