A good insight into what it’s like being in court
Energy efficiency scheme for cold homes going at a glacial pace, says Labour https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/nov/09/energy-efficiency-scheme-for-cold-homes-going-at-a-glacial-pace-says-labour?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other
“Glacial pace” may not be quite the right expression. Have you learned nothing about globally accelerating glacial melting?
The climate science community.
That said, I agree we have to #InsulateBritain if we wanna help save our rapidly melting fresh water stores.
By Yasmeen Serhan/London
December 16, 2022
"As the #ClimateCrisis worsens, and as the international efforts to mitigate its effects continue to fall short, activists like #CameronFord have become more daring. Over the past year and a half, the 32-year-old British carpenter has blocked highways by gluing himself to roads and chained himself to an oil tanker.
"Like most #environmental campaigners, Ford never wanted to do anything that could land him in jail. 'I was hoping to emigrate to Canada one day,' he says from his home in Cambridge. But Ford changed his mind about the need for bolder activism after attending a talk hosted by the climate group #InsulateBritain last summer. 'It made sense to make that stand earlier, whilst there was still a chance that we could actually mitigate the worst of it, rather than once it’s too late,' he says.
"Ford is hardly alone in that view. Other British protesters like him have gone so far as to tunnel under major infrastructure projects, throw soup at famous works of art, and scale a 190-food bridge—all in a desperate bid to draw the public’s attention to the looming climate catastrophe.
"But their democratic right to protest is now at risk as the British government declares war on tactics that it regards as disruptive and, ideally, illegal. Draft legislation that the House of Commons approved in October  would pose unprecedented restrictions on the right to #protest in #England and #Wales.
"'When [#ClimateCollapse] is what we face, I believe the only thing that would curtail us is the death penalty,' says Ford, 'because the alternative to us not standing up is death.'"
Climate activists have told openDemocracy they are being hit with “crippling” bills totalling thousands of pounds because of legal action brought by government and public bodies to prevent protests and protect planet killers.
“This government in particular doesn't like being challenged by groups such as Just Stop Oil or Extinction Rebellion.”
#Fascism #EcocideProtection #ProfitPolicy #BillionsSuffer #Corruption #EconomicAssault #EnvironmentalAssault #JustStopOil #InsulateBritain #PlanetDefenders
It’s the second anniversary of our first #InsulateBritain action
That amazing intense period of 13 arrests, twice a week, running upto #COP26
To try to pressurise govt into doing first step recommended by #ClimateChangeCommittee
Living through effects prison, huge financial costs of injunctions, magistrates cases, crown court cases - 1 still awaiting
A wonderful person no longer with us
Very little action from govt failing climate & people dying in #ColdHomes
"Häiritsevä mielenosoittaminen on hyödyllistä, ei haitallista, aktivistien ajamalle asialle"
"Protesteilla on kaksi kärkeä: ensimmäinen on häiritsevyys, mutta toinen on dialogi, vuoropuhelu."
...Tiesitkö että #JustStopOil on viimeisten 3 kk aikana järjestänyt lähes päivittäin Lontoossa liikennettä häiritsevän mielenosoituksen? Sen lisäksi he ovat häirinneet mm. urheilutapahtumia ja häitä. 💪💪💪
Interessanter Beitrag im Guardian über Proteste mit #zivilerUngehorsam.
In einem MDR-Beitrag konnte man ja sehen, dass 80% der deutschen Bevölkerung dagegen sind. In GB sind es 78%. Wie sieht es also aus? Nützt es was? Schadet es? Sven #Hillenkamp hatte ja so Studien zu Einstellung nach Protesten von #ExtinctionRebellion und #JustStopOil. Er sagt, dass es #Flankeneffekte gibt oder geben könnte, d.h. diejenigen, die weniger radikal sind, profitieren, wenn sie sich distanzieren. Ich selbst finde die #Klimakleber also #völligBekloppt, aber ich denke natürlich pausenlos darüber nach, wie was funktioniert und wo wir alle hinkommen. Zur Zeit sieht es nach Hölle aus. #Klimahölle.
Mit den Flankeneffekten ist das auch eine schwierige Sache, denn viele Menschen differenzieren einfach gar nicht. Als ich beim #Volksentscheid mit lila Weste Unterschriften gesammelt habe, wurde ich gefragt, ob ich von der #LetzteGeneration wäre. „Ach iwo, die haben doch orangene Westen.“
Der Guardian-Artikel ist jetzt jedenfalls interessant, weil die Umfrage unter Protestforscher*innen zu Tage gebracht hat, dass sieben von zehn denken, dass diese Art von Protest etwas bringt.
Großbritannien ist ein bisschen anders als hier, denn die Protestwellen habe die Forderung direkt im Namen: #InsulateBritain. Das scheint irgendwie als Message angekommen zu sein.
Aber auch hierzulande sehen Protestforscher*innen eine Wirkung und Simon Theune ist ja auch als Zeuge vor Gericht aufgetreten und hat gesagt, dass Protest stören muss. In diesem Verfahren gab es dann fünf Freisprüche.
@UKFilmNerd I enjoyed the thing recently where:
1) #InsulateBritain protesters raise awareness that UK housing stock needs to be better insulated
2) UK government throws them in jail
3) UK government sets targets for #HeatPump roll-out
4) Targets are missed because such a large proportion of homes… have insufficient insulation!
Oh wait, no, I didn't enjoy it, it made me frustrated, disappointed and angry…
It went up to 30°C today and our home is cool & comfortable without having to run AC at all.
This is what the activists from #InsulateBritain were begging for: homes for Britons that were liveable in our changing climate.
The article says that the first thing Sweden did was to impose a carbon tax that raised the price of heating oil.
The US EPA puts it at a minimum of $190 per tonne CO2. That would level the playing field, in fact, the cost of renewable energy keeps dropping as we switch to wind and solar.
Then, yes, people need help with the up-front costs of insulation and heat pumps.#InsulateBritain is absolutely right on that.
But "there is no money" to help homeowners #insulate their homes and reduce their emissions?
Following the money makes it super clear whose side that government is on.
They’re locking-up vicars now: Shock as elderly #InsulateBritain protester JAILED https://www.thelondoneconomic.com/news/insulate-britain-arrests-protest-vicar-mark-coleman-347206/
#InsulateBritain activists jailed after telling judge: ‘We won’t stop’ https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/insulate-britain-civil-resistance-protests-climate-crisis/
On the same leaflet, #WoodlandTrust say
“#ClimateChange is causing spring to arrive on average 8.4 days early. It’s imperative that we get a grip on the #ClimateCrisis and keep temperatures down, and healthy, thriving, abundant woods and trees are one of the best ways we can do that.”
When will the Fossil Fuel companies be charged with crimes against humanity and/or criminal negligence? "Four Insulate Britain protesters convicted of causing public nuisance" https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/mar/31/four-insulate-britain-protesters-convicted-london #InsulateBritain #activism #UK #ClimateCrisis #climateChange #FossilFuelCriminals
UK Gov talking of removing gas subsidies, making it even MORE expensive for consumers as a way to nudge us off gas and onto heat pumps.
I'm all for heat pumps but they rely heavily on a well-insulated home as a starting point.
Even with grant support for a heat pump, the full cost of installation including precursor insulation, remains prohibitive for many who are not eligible for insulation grants.
Another missed opportunity for #InsulateBritain
"The #UK government has been criticised for dragging its feet on enacting new proposals that would require #landlords to improve properties to at least a C rating under the energy performance certificate (EPC) scheme, up from E.
UK Show Trials. Defendants in these show trials have been gagged by the judge & banned from explaining their motives.
#climateemergency #climatecrisis #InsulateBritain
- see this report:
And... it turns out I'm going nowhere. Officially because the judge has Covid, this week's #InsulateBritain hearing is cancelled; new trial unlikely before November.
I'm wondering to what extent the fact that the jury failed to reach a verdict in the last Insulate Britain trial affected the decision to cancel.
Beeindruckend, wofür sich die Leute in UK auf der Straße kleben: #InsulateBritain ! Dort gibt es massive Probleme mit dem ungedämmten Gebäudebestand, viele Tausende sterben, weil bei ihnen Zuhause zu kalt ist. Während die deutsche Luxusdiskussion sich um #Waermepumpen dreht. #BauwendeJetzt https://insulatebritain.com
Wenn ich diesen Thread von @friedemann drüben lese (und einen weiteren, auf den er verweist), vermisse ich die gute alte Tradition des Blog Schreibens doch sehr. Es geht (mal wieder - oder immer noch) um die Proteste von
Konkret um eine Studie aus England, die untersucht, wie Menschen auf disruptive Aktionen von "Just Stop Oil" reagieren.
Und hier den Blog Beitrag dazu https://uebermedien.de/79076/warum-die-letzte-generation-alles-richtig-macht/
“Three non-violent Insulate Britain activists have been jailed for telling juries why they were protesting.”
“Three non-violent Insulate Britain activists have been jailed for telling juries why they were protesting.”
Now, tell me again about how there is freedom of speech in Britain.
"Überraschende Studie zu den Protesten von
über die Wirkung von Straßenblockaden, Gemälde-Bewerfungen und anderen nicht-legalen Klima-Protesten.
Es geht um eine Randomisierte Kontrollstudie (RCT, Randomised Control Trial) mit 3000 Teilnehmenden, die 2022 in Großbritannien durchgeführt wurde."
"Insulate Britain climate protesters jailed for seven weeks for contempt of court"
How can a judge ban defendants from defending themselves in court? Is this legal? To me it looks like misconduct in public office.
History won't be kind on such judges, nor should it be.
Quite clearly, this is a perversion of procedure, and richer defendents would have been able to counter it.
People of London, greetings.
I have to be in your city for two or three days in the week starting 20th March because a friend is on trial for #InsulateBritain action. I'm an elderly autistic hermit who lives in a hut you have to walk half a mile to get to; cities are not my comfort zone.
Could someone offer me a quiet place to sleep?
"The outcome is that defendants are increasingly unable to explain to juries not just what they did, but why they did it."
This article considers the broader ramifications:
"Trials determine guilt or innocence, but they also signal to the public about matters of collective importance and moral value."
This stopped being linked from the guardian front page just a few hours after it was posted. #XavierGonzalez #insulateBritain
@LauraKT Look what happens if you suggest we should #InsulateBritain
Prison Column: From an environmental prisoner
Freedom continues its regular prison column with an update from Jan Goodey who is currently serving a six-month sentence for blocking the M25 with Just Stop Oil.
Seems to me I’m banged up for stating the bleeding obvious. Th
#Activism #environmentalprisoner #InsulateBritain #JustStopOil #prisonabolition #prisoncolumn #PrisonSolidarity #Protest #Solidarity
“Despite all the odds I am thankful that 12 of my fellow citizens were able to see the bigger picture and even when directed by the judge to find us guilty, they were able to understand that the unprecedented times in which we live calls for us all to step out of the box and make courageous decisions. Thank you jury.” ~ Rev Sue Parfitt (80) for #InsulateBritain
Striking to see how close to #InsulateBritain demands this UK House committee report gets. The formerly radical is soon just common sense even for the Tories.
EAC asks for insultation of 2.5 million homes per year (2012 peak). Insulate Britain asked for 5M by 2025 and 20M more by 2030, i.e. 4 M/y.
However, I didn't find a mention of embodied #carbon, net CO2 avoidance or carbon ROI.
Thinking of the #JustStopOil activists in prison, it was great to read a few replies to letters
Currently 10 in prison associated with M25 actions, and 2 with dartford crossing, 1 with with F1, and one with #StopHS2
Below Jan Goodey written article from Prison
From #InsulateBritain :
Our thoughts are with Jan Goodey and other #climateprisoners who spend the last days of 2022 in UK prisons.
When you imprison & tag ppl? they're aren't many left, when introduce draconian #PCSC_Act?
Reminds me of #InsulateBritain passionate & determined in run upto cop26, full on attempt to bring about change. Of solidarity challenging gov't together.
RT #TheTimes #TheTimesAndTheSundayTimes
The Met arrested 99 protesters on two occasions, 28 on three, 25 on four and two were detained on five occasions during the group’s blockading protests between October 1 and November 4
Q. why isn't the UK government more interested in providing support to insulate the UK's notoriously thermally leaky housing stoke?
Well, of course this would then reduce usage & profits of #energy firms, while temporary support merely sustains record profits, and maintains the demand profile across time.
Insulate Britain: Prisoners raising public awareness of immediate action required to combat climate crisis
So far, the hunger strikers of Insulate Britain (IB) have been swept under carpetby the UK press; in fact, getting more favourable coverage in Europe.
Not surprisingly the red tops and right-wing media here have been focus
Sie gehen für den Klimaschutz in den Knast: "Wir werden als »alte Ökos« verschrien. Es sind viele Ältere dabei, weil wir ein schlechtes Gewissen haben aufgrund des Lebensstils, den wir genießen konnten."
#COP26 #InsulateBritain #Klimakrise