The lone activists wore sandwich boards during their protests, which read messages like “I am terrified because our planet is dying” and “I’m terrified my grandkids will suffer and starve because of climate change”. Fuming drivers were forced to find alternative routes on Saturday.
One determined grandmother sat on a busy road in Colchester for an hour, reports Essex Live, while photos on Yorkshire Live show police desperately trying to persuade activists to stop.
Social media users shared their disgust at the behaviour today.
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One person posted online: “In the old times, police would have hoisted her up and away and, if she went back, arrested her. Obstructing the highway is an offence,”
One man wrote: “Too much time in their hands. Should have spent the day more productively [sic] picking up litter.”
Another questioned: “How does creating a traffic jam help the environment?”
And one man shared: “So she sits in the road holding up traffic that will produce more pollution?”
But Lisa (pictured at the top), who caused delays in Colchester, said: “We have tried everything we can to make governments wake up and act.
“Although our movement has helped raise the climate and ecological emergency up the global agenda, it’s not enough. I’m genuinely scared for my grandchildren’s future otherwise I wouldn’t be here. I don’t know what else to do.”
The 52-year-old woman added: “In February this year, chief executive of the Environment Agency Sir James Bevan said that the UK is hitting worst case environmental scenarios that if left unchecked would collapse ecosystems, slash crop yields, take out the infrastructure that our civilisation depends on, and destroy the basis of the economy and society.”
Clare Walters, a Green Party councillor, was one of the several woman who sat on roads in Huddersfield.
She said: “We have lost 70% of our wildlife in 40 years and the rate is increasing all the time.
“Yet we are still poisoning our land with pesticides, we are still emitting record levels of CO2 which is disrupting the climate, we are still destroying habitats, and the government still isn’t telling the truth.”