In recent months, members of Christian Climate Action have made headlines in the UK, as they blockaded roads, blocked entrances to government buildings and glued themselves to the fence outside of Downing Street, all as part of the Extinction Rebellion climate change protest. Eight members of the group have been arrested as part of the movement, with some members being arrested up to 5 times over the initial two weeks of climate rebellion, in November last year.
Three members of the group, who had been summoned to stand trial for their charges, had been issued with March court dates. They were planning to attending court and pleading not guilty – claiming that their actions were necessary as part of a desperate attempt to urge those in power to take the needed action on climate change. However, over the last week, each of these individuals have had their court cases dropped, reasoning being cited as that “a prosecution is not needed in the public interest”.
Ruth, 55, is one of the members who has had her court case discontinued. She is a proud mother of three and works as an administrator and trustee in the charity sector. Around this work, Ruth manages to find time to play the fiddle for the worship band in her local Anglican Church and volunteer for Christian events such as New Wine.
“Part of me is relieved that the court case has been dropped. Standing court is an anxiety provoking experience for anyone and I can’t help feeling relieved that I can have a bit more time, energy and head space. However, another part of me is very frustrated. We are living in a time of climate emergency that our politicians are refusing to acknowledge. Standing before a court of law would force authorities to consider the desperate position we have been forced into – the devastation being caused to our beautiful world and what we are having to do about it. I just hope that all these cases being dropped inspires more people to rise up and take action knowing that there’s little chance of legal action against them”.
Extinction Rebellion climate movement is gathering momentum – with two new groups on average being set up every day. On 15th April 2019, a period of global rebellion is due to begin, where people in capital cities across the globe will be taking to the streets in unison to urge their governments to take the action needed.