Original article from Kent Live
A woman sits cross-legged on the tarmac of a busy road in the centre of town.
She is alone and next to her is an empty pushchair.
A sign hangs around her neck saying: "I'm terrified to have children because of the climate crisis".
All around, cars honk their horns, while drivers yell obscenities and call for others to "run over the stupid b****".
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The woman at the centre of these scenes in the middle of Sevenoaks on Saturday has come forward to identify herself as "Sophie".
She was sat from 11am in front of HSBC bank in Sevenoaks High Street for around half-an-hour.
Sophie insists cars could still drive past, but still apologised to residents for any disruption caused.
She said: “I’m so sorry if I disturbed your day but the inconvenience is the point, I feel there is no other way to make others stop and take notice.
“I wanted to raise awareness, I hope that Climate Change will now be back on the agenda.
"I may have sat alone in the road but I was not alone in spirit, hundreds of other rebels took part in the ‘Rebellion Of One’ action across the UK and Europe because we are all desperate for change.”
A small crowd gathered to watch and take photos and a man filmed from an upstairs window.
Several people called police, and an officer did arrive to try to persuade her back onto the pavement.
According to witnesses, he only succeeded when he said he wouldn't arrest her if she complied, which having made her point, she did.
Sophie claims that during her half-hour sit-in cars honked angrily and people shouted abuse such as “run over the stupid *****” and called her a “****.".
But she also she also said there were positive conversations and smiles of support.
Sophie said afterwards:“I was petrified that a car would not stop, I was shaking with nerves the entire time.
“I borrowed a buggy for the action, staring at the empty seat reminded me of how I’m grieving for the loss of not having children due to fear of system inaction.
"The happy family I dreamt of as a child has been robbed from me by my government’s decisions to not act and steer us away from food shortages, societal collapse, flash floods and global warming.
“I don’t want to disrupt people’s day nor do I want to risk my life sitting in a road or be verbally abused by understandably frustrated drivers, but I can not be a bystander whilst our Government lead us into further destruction.
"I had comments from passers by saying I should just sign a petition or email my MP, I have been doing that for most of my adult life.
"I’ve been actively protesting for nearly a decade, yet we are still heading towards a very bleak future if action is not taken immediately.
"I’ve run out of ideas, and to be honest, I’ve run out of hope."
Sophie's comments were sent to KentLive by a representative of "XR Sevenoaks".
Extinction Rebellion (XR) describes itself as a global environmental movement with the stated aim of using nonviolent civil disobedience to compel government action on climate change.