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M25 protest: Insulate Britain issues statement over climate change demonstration blocking the motorway

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Original article from Kent Live

A climate crisis protest group is causing major delays on the M25 today (September 13).

The organisation, Insulate Britain, are calling on PM Boris Johnson to tackle global warming by pumping funding into household energy usage and efficiency.

A sit-in protest on the M25 at Junction 3 near Swanley has caused major delays and traffic being brought to a standstill on slip roads exiting the ring road motorway.

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In a press release, the group said: "Insulate Britain says today’s disruption is just the start.

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"Actions will continue until the government makes a meaningful commitment to insulate Britain’s 29 million leaky homes, some of the oldest and most energy inefficient in Europe."

Liam Norton, 36, an electrician from London said.

"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.

Around 20 protestors were seen blocking the roundabout

“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.

A stitch in time saves nine which means 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”

Insulate Britain argue that their demands are 'in line with what many in the industry are calling for':

"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.

"Low incomes, high energy costs and poor heating and insulation all combined to leave them in conditions which were unfit to help them survive the cold weather."

Insulate Britain’s demands for the Prime Minister were delivered by hand to No. 10 Downing Street on 21 August 2021, but so far no-one in government has responded.

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