Former members of Extinction Rebellion block off London motorways demanding government action on home insulation to save lives
A new group set up by ex-Extinction Rebellion (XR) members is blocking off London motorways on Monday morning (September 13) as part of a new initiative that demands the Government commit to insulating all homes in Britain by 2030 to save lives.
Traffic has been brought to a standstill today with more than 100 protesters taking part in the action across six sites in London, including The M25 east and M25 south-west, affecting thousands of journeys.
The protest is being run by Insulate Britain, a new group set up by members of XR and related networks.
Images show the protestors sitting on the road, blocking the path for cars trying to pass.
Liam Norton, 36, an electrician from London who is taking part in the protest added: "Since waking up to the crisis we are all in, due to the catastrophic breakdown in our climate, I have been shocked at the lack of significant action from our government.
“They need to face up to reality. It will destroy our economy and the fabric of our society. They are being incredibly reckless.
"They are betting the farm on technologies that don't exist.
“If we spend money now we’ll stop a catastrophe later down the line.
“It’s a no-brainer. Insulating Britain will reduce emissions, provide hundreds of thousands of jobs and stop our elderly dying in cold homes each winter.
"So stop messing about Boris and get on with the job!
“As soon as a statement is made that we can trust and is meaningful we will get off the roads.”
Fuel poverty charity, National Energy Action (NEA) has pointed out that in our last "normal" winter 8,500 lives were lost because of cold and leaky homes.
A spokesperson for Insulate Britain said: “Everything that is now in place doesn't do any real levelling up.
“The poorest households get hit by Universal Credit, fuel costs and National Insurance and you have disproportionately more poor households in the north plus we’ve got more industry in the north.
“You know, HS2 isn't real levelling up, it's a shuttle service for rich people to get to London to get to airports, insulating the homes of all people in Britain across the spectrum and starting with social housing – that’s real levelling up.”
The UK Climate Change Committee (CCC) has urged political action to improve the quality of UK homes and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions after it emerged properties in the country produce between 15-20 percent of all emissions – more than private cars.
The UK will not meet its targets for reducing carbon emissions without complete decarbonisation of Britain’s homes which should be a national infrastructure priority, according to the CCC.
Insulate Britain’s demands for the Prime Minister were delivered by hand to No.10 Downing Street on 21 August 2021, but the group claims to not have received a response so far.