Ruth Jarman, mother of three, was in court this week as she was arrested for blocking Kingsbury Oil Terminal. Below is her court mitigation statement…
It has been a privilege to meet some of the women at Foston Hall. But it has made me sad and angry at the dysfunctionality of our society that puts kind, caring people behind bars while those allowing, subsidising and profiting from new oil and gas, people who are knowingly participating in the decimation of life on earth, are living in freedom and luxury.
Where is justice?
As a Christian I believe that I must try to bear responsibly the image of God within me. How do we do that when, as the head of the UN has said, ‘we are firmly on track towards an unlivable world’?
How do we live responsibly when this government and the law is subsidising and protecting the companies who are in the business of destroying life on earth?
The International Energy Agency said there should be no new fossil fuel developments after last year. Our government plans to licence between 40 and 130 new oil and gas fields, knowingly facilitating civilisation, ecological and climate breakdown.
What is the right way to respond to this? To write to my MP as if a billion lives were a pothole in the road?
I think you need to know that I have tried everything else.
Since I first heard about tipping points when pregnant with my first child, who is now 22, I have pretty-much dedicated my life to campaigning on climate. I started a community solar scheme in my village, I co-founded a national Christian climate charity, I have stood for election, marched in the wind and the rain, spoken to hundreds of people, trying to get the message out about the climate and ecological emergency. My family life has suffered because of my obsession with trying to live in a way that does not damage what I believe to be God’s creation.
A crime is taking place here. And the respectable thing to do seems to be to walk by on the other side of the road.
Physically blocking Kingsbury and breaking the injunction was my way of not being a bystander to this man-slaughter version of genocide. I cannot apologise for this.
I have no immediate plans to break the injunction again, but cannot promise never to do so.
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What Ruth has written needs to be seen by every MP. Will it? Probably not. So what do we do to get this on the front pages of the national press? — for that’s where it needs to be.
Bless you Ruth, I pray there will be more like you in the months and years to come but I have a horrible feeling we will be a police state soon, an excuse to lock up everyone who won’t agree with the big companies headed up by Liz Truss. If you are allowed to email contact me but I will understand if you can’t. I am praying for you. Gillian Stevens.