Christian Found Guilty Over Climate Change Protest
A Christian who took part in a climate change protest has been found guilty of knowingly failing to comply with Section 14 of the Public Order Act 1986. Yesterday in court she was given a conditional discharge and ordered to pay £640 in costs.
Christian Climate Action member, Ruth Jarman (56) of Hampshire, pleaded not guilty at Hendon Magistrates court on Monday 16th September. She said she was a Conscientious Protector trying to prevent a crime against humanity and creation by drawing attention to the climate emergency we face.
Ruth was one of more than 1100 people arrested during the Extinction Rebellion protests in London in April 2019 which brought areas of central London to a standstill. She was arrested after she refused to move from the ground at Oxford Circus on 18th April 2019.
Speaking after the trial, Ruth said:
‘For two decades, my campaigning on climate has been ignored. Two weeks on the streets of London in April could not be ignored. Opinion polls showed concern about the environment at the highest levels on record and the Shadow Chancellor stated that the Extinction Rebellion led directly to Parliament’s declaration of an environment and climate emergency. The leniency of my sentence shows the level of sympathy for our cause. The Rebellion is working!’
Ruth broke down during cross-examination at the question, ‘do you think this is a court of law or a court of morality?’ After she had composed herself she was able to respond, ‘There’s a new book called ‘There’s no planet B’, by Mike Berners-Lee. In it, he suggests one of the key requirements for a safe future is that we all take our consciences to work.’
Ruth was supported outside and inside court by members of Christian Climate Action, a community of Christians supporting each other in acts of non-violent direct action and public witness, as a way of following Jesus Christ in the face of climate breakdown.
Ruth’s conviction comes at the same time that Roger Hallam, a member of the group Heathrow Pause, was arrested and held on remand for conspiracy to cause a public nuisance relating to a plan to safely fly drones within 5 km of Heathrow airport. Extinction Rebellion said that the splinter group Heathrow Pause ‘are acting from a deep sense of duty and care for their loved ones and for those already suffering the deadly effects of climate breakdown.’
Together with other faith groups, Christian Climate Action plans to create a ‘Bridge of Faith’ in central London during October, as part of another Extinction Rebellion protest designed to bring central London to a standstill. Round the clock prayer and worship will take place on the bridge, and people of all and no faiths are invited to join in.
Contact Ruth Jarman: 07970 907784
Notes for Editors:
- Christian Climate Action is a community of Christians supporting each other in acts of non-violent direct action and public witness, as a way of following Jesus Christ in the face of climate breakdown. We are based in the UK. https://christianclimateaction.org
- Christian Climate Action and other faith groups will be hosting a Faith Bridge, with prayer and worship around the clock, in central London this October: https://christianclimateaction.org/join-us-on-the-faith-bridge-this-october/
- The photograph shows Ruth (centre) with two CCA supporters outside the court after the verdict.