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Original article from Kent Live

A climate change activist group shut down four major junctions on the M25 today in protest at the government's lack of action on the environment.

The organisation, Insulate Britain, are calling on the government to heavily invest in UK households, demanding that insulation and energy supply infrastructure be transformed to help the UK combat climate change.

LBC have reported that four junctions in Surrey, Kent, Essex and Hertfordshire were hit by protests, as demonstrators sat in the road on major roundabouts, bringing traffic to a standstill.

Read more: Insulate Britain issues statement over climate change demonstration blocking the motorway

In Kent, this lead to traffic being stationary on the M25 between Dartford and Swanley.

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The group wrote to PM Boris Johnson in August, threatening direct action if it did not receive a response.

In a press release issued on their website, Insulate Britain set out its key demands, as well as quoting a number of concerned members of the public.

Insulate Britain state that its aims are in line with what many in the industry are calling for, and that direct action is a last resort having not recieved a response from the Prime Minister's office.

Today’s disruption is 'just the start', according to the group, and it emphasises the radical action taken on the M25 was a necessary inconvenience to force the issue on climate change.

Insulate Britain are behind the protests

Benjamin Derbyshire, a former president of the Royal Institute for British Architects and a commissioner for Historic England said: “Britain has the leakiest and poorest performing housing in Europe that contributes 20% of our total climate emissions.

"We have no chance of achieving net zero carbon by 2025 unless we begin to treat housing as infrastructure and invest in it, so that like all other forms of infrastructure, it is accessible, well designed, safe to use and, most of all, environmentally sustainable.

“Instead of fiddling while Rome burns with a series of ill-thought-through programmes, reliant on private investment and debt, the government needs to invest in a major programme of deep renovation for energy efficiency with measures to support the supply chain.”

"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."

Zoe Cohen, 51, a self employed Mum, said: "It's now proven beyond all doubt, humans have broken the climate with the emissions from fossil fuels. The world my generation, and my parents' generation was born into has gone, and it's never coming back.

"The world's politicians need to be honest and accept this. They need to wake up and do what's necessary to stop the kids being on an escalator to climate hell.

Around 20 protestors were seen blocking the roundabout

"We need real action from our government to reduce emissions in this Parliament – 2050 is far too late.

"Boris needs to stop making things worse – with all their road building, airport expansion, HS2 white elephant and new oil fields – and get on with the obvious stuff like insulating the 29 million homes that need to come off fossil fuels.

"We can't get to net zero if they don't take responsibility for this, only the government can make this happen."

You can follow our live blog on the disruption here.

Original Article