Grandparents

Janet Young: How Could I Stand By and Do Nothing

Janet Young, a 72-year old retired social worker and grandmother from Devon read out this statement at her plea hearing in August. She was arrested on Waterloo Bridge on the first Tuesday, 16 April. “I am pleading guilty for financial and emotional reasons. I accept that I did not comply with a regulation, imposed in order to control and limit climate change action. But morally and ethically I am guilty of nothing. Having heard the scientific evidence and seen the terrible devastation already occurring in Africa and Asia and knowing that many species are already extinct, I felt there was…

April Rebellion Devon Grandparents Mitigation statements Section 14
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Video: Phil Kingston, the 83-Year Old Rebel

Yesterday, 83-year old grandfather Phil Kingston was part of the group that used a fire engine to spray fake blood over the Treasury Building. In April he was arrested for climbing on top of a Docklands Light Railway train: he’ll be on trial in Crown Court next year. This beautiful film profiles Phil from his early involvement in activism to his first arrest with Extinction Rebellion and his growing sense of urgency as time is running out, he says, for both him and the planet.

Crown Court Grandparents Video
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What did you do when the Earth was unravelling?

Jane Baker, 64, a retired NHS speech therapist from Exeter read out this statment in mitigation when she pleaded guilty to “not moving when asked from Waterloo Bridge”. She was appearing at City of London Magistrates Court on 6th September before District Judge Rimmer.“I want to apologise for the necessary disruption caused at the April Rebellion. This has been quite a week for me. Yesterday I retired from 38 years of Public Service in the NHS. Today I am in court for a Public Order Offence for my part in Extinction Rebellion’s non-violent direct action. Tomorrow is my Grandson Zachary’s…

Devon Grandparents Health practitioners Mitigation statements
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