Insulate Britain is a group of activists who shot to prominence in August this year as an off-shoot from Extinction Rebellion.They have caused chaos on stretches of the M25 in September, repeatedly blocking sections of the motorway by running in front of oncoming traffic.They want the government to:Fully fund and take responsibility for the insulation of all social housing in Britain by 2025Produce - within four months - a legally binding national plan to pay for all homes in Britain to become low-energy and low-carbon by 2030 with a future aim of fully decarbonising society and the economy.The government has previously announced plans to phase out the installation of new gas boilers by the mid-2030s, moving to low-carbon or ‘hydrogen-ready’ ones. It has also pledged £3.8 billion in new funding for the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund, as part of a wider target to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
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When the word ‘woke’ was named word of the year in 2019, it reflected the ongoing culture wars around issues on race, gender and climate change.Since then, ‘wokeism’ continues to be used as a provocative expression - often on social media.It is being used more often now as an insult, amid clashes of ‘cancel culture’. Perhaps the most high-profile example in recent months was the fallout from the Oprah interview with Harry and Meghan. Those who sided with the Sussexes over a series of claims about how they were being unfairly treated by the palace were often accused of being too woke.Earlier this year, Boris Johnson was even asked if Joe Biden was woke, to which he replied, “There’s nothing wrong with being woke.”When celebrities led the public in #Blackout Tuesday during BLM protests after George Floyd’s death last year, brands, organisations and individuals were called ‘woke performative activists’ for posting one when it wasn’t believed they had demonstrated consideration for race relations in the past.Watch the video above to find out more about the origins of the word.
Greta Thunberg is a Swedish environmental activist, who has been campaigning since the age of 15.She is well known for challenging world leaders on their approaches to the climate crisis, famously telling them at the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit, “How dare you!” over not taking strong enough action to tackle climate change.Most recently, she has turned her attention to the COP26 UN climate conference to be held in Glasgow this November. Thunberg has said she does not believe Scotland is a world leader on the climate crisis. Scotland’s Climate Change Act 2019 states a desire to reach net-zero emissions of all greenhouse gases by 2045, but also has existing plans to drill for fossil fuels in the North Sea.Thunberg says: “I think that maybe summarises the whole situation we are in - the fact that these kind of countries who are actually hosting [COP26] is planning to actually expand fossil fuel infrastructure, to open up new oil fields, and so on.”Other young climate activists have risen to continue shining light on the issue. Sixteen-year-old Holly Gillibrand leads Fridays for Future in Scotland, and 18-year old Isra Hirsi, the daughter of US congresswoman Ilhan Omar, is one of the co-founders of the US Youth Climate Strike.
Extinction Rebellion have become one of the most well-known environmental groups in the UK in recent years.Their stated aim is to cause “major disruptions” to encourage governments across the world to do more to deal with climate change.Often, this has taken the form of civil unrest in the UK’s major cities.Some of their most high-profile stunts include smashing glass windows at Barclays HQ in Canary Wharf in April, and at JP. Morgan in Embankment in September this year. They claim these particular banks have a “suicidal business model” which is “responsible for funding and accelerating the climate and ecological emergency.”In 2019, they also sprayed red paint over the Treasury in London.This summer, they announced another period of unrest and have so far launched significant protests in Oxford Circus and Covent Garden, building a 4m high pink table that was later dismantled after police issued a dispersal order.Watch the video above to find out who Extinction Rebellion are and what changes they want.
CO2 is one of the most well-known gases responsible for climate change, released from non-renewable energy resources like fossil fuels. They are burned to produce energy to heat our homes and power machines - but they also cause global warming.CO2 - plus other greenhouse gases such as CFCs, methane and nitrous oxides - are released into the atmosphere, and contribute to the raising of global temperatures. Activists like Greta Thunberg campaign to pile pressure on governments to reduce their level of emissions.She says industrialised countries such as the US and China have a responsibility to reduce their sky-high levels of emissions, which are impacting some of the poorest nations in the world.She said in August 2021: "We cannot allow this injustice to continue. It is immoral that the countries that have done the least are suffering first and worst."Watch the video above to find out which other states are part of the top ten CO2 emitters in the world, and what they are doing to combat climate change.
Former Sony contractor Terrelle Grahamwas told by a Currys PC World employee that it looked like he had put his "finger in an electric socket and not left", while working at a store in Bristol.Credit: Bristol Live/BPM MEDIA
One of Australia's biggest earthquakes on record caused damage to buildings as it hit Melbourne on Wednesday. The tremors were felt for hundreds of miles, but thankfully no serious injuries were been reported. The earthquake was the largest to rattle Australia since a magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck 130 miles off the northwest coastal town of Broome in 2019.
The Canary Islands have seen their first volcanic eruption in 50 years.The eruption took place in the Cumbre Vieja mountain range on La Palma island, which began on Sunday 19th May.It has forced the evacuation of about 5,000 people and destroyed about 100 houses.On Tuesday, rivers of lava was seen oozing down streets.
As protesters launched another day of demos on Britain's busiest motorway, an irate motorist confronted the activists and told them, 'You're making people hate you'. The unidentified road user told the protesters who stopped traffic on Junction 18 at Rickmansworth, near Watford: 'Why the hell do you think this is the right thing to do?'Credit: @LBC via Twitter / LBC
Environment Secretary George Eustice let slip the government's 'Plan C' if a vaccine-resistant variant of coronavirus emerges
Jay Elton, 31, from Willerby, East Yorkshire, woke up on September 6 to find his car window shattered.After reviewing his doorbell's CCTV footage, he realised that it was caused by a council lawnmower that was cutting the grass in the area that morning.He said it looked like something had got stuck in the gears of the lawnmower and propelled it at his car window, causing it to shatter.Minutes later, he said the video showed the council worker returning with stones from Jay's front garden and placing it around the car as a cover-up.
A dramatic scientific video has revealed how the Scottish city was covered in a 0.6-mile-thick ice sheet, which lasted until around 15,000 years ago. The computer-enhanced visualisation was created by glaciologist Max Van Wyk of the University of Minnesota and design expert Kieran Duncan of the University of Dundee.
Labour MP Ellie Reeves said five of her constituents and their families had suffered 'inhumane' treatment after being evacuated from Afghanistan.
Former Isis-bride Shamima Begum has begged the British public for forgiveness, saying there is “no evidence” she was a key player in preparing terrorist acts.The 22-year-old, who fled her east London home for Syria as a 15-year-old schoolgirl, said she wanted to be brought back to the UK and face terror charges in order to prove her innocence. In a direct plea to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Begum added: “I think I could very much help you in your fight against terrorism because you clearly don’t know what you’re doing.“I want them (the British public) to see me as an asset rather than a threat to them.”
Health Secretary Sajid Javid outlines the government’s plans to combat the COVID pandemic during the autumn and winter months.Credit: Parliamentlive.tv
Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of what was the deadliest terrorist atrocity in US history – but Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind behind the attacks, has still not faced trial and may not do so for another two decades.
Prime minister Boris Johnson’s plans for social care reform were branded ‘a sticking plaster over gaping wounds’ by Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer.
Boris Johnson said 311 people eligible to come to the UK from Afghanistan through a special resettlement scheme are still in the Central Asian country.The SNP’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford asked the Prime Minister for details of how many candidates for the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (Arap) remained in the country.The Prime Minister told the Commons: “As for the question of how many Arap candidates are remaining I can tell him that the total number is 311, of which 192 responded to the calls that were put out and, I repeat, we will do absolutely everything we can to ensure that those people get the safe passage that they deserve using the levers that I have described.”
This is the moment a street thief broke into a bizarre dance to distract victims before stealing a Rolex watch.Police have released footage of the nimble-footed thief prowling Birmingham city centre to show just how he did it.
Stephanie Plumb is one of thousands of victims of the cladding scandal. She owns a flat in Manchester and is being billed more than £600 a month to correct fire safety defects in the building which are not her fault. She told Yahoo News UK about the impact this is having on her day-to-day life.
Mother-of-four Samantha Willis, 35, who had not had a COVID-19 vaccine, died at Altnagelvin Hospital in Northern Ireland last month after giving birth to daughter Eviegrace.Her husband, Josh, said his wife didn’t get the chance to hold her baby in her arms.
The foreign secretary dodged questions over the exact dates of his five-star holiday during an evidence session with MPs on the Afghan crisis.
An Afghan witness to the bombing at Kabul Airport described how a small girl, aged just five, died in his arms following the explosion.
The spectacle was captured by Cornish Wildlife Trust’s marine conservation officer Matt Slater. The crabs gather in vast numbers to protect themselves from predators as they moult.
Desperate Afghans continue endless wait outside Kabul airport, some standing in knee-deep water and trash
Crowds of desperate Afghans continued to gather outside of Kabul's airport in the hopes of evacuation on Wednesday (August 25), some standing in knee-deep water amid trash and near barbed wire, as aid agencies warned of a looming humanitarian crisis for the population left behind.Credit: Aamaj News Agency via Reuters
Scene outside McDonald’s as protesters glue themselves to store as part of Extinction Rebellion protests in London
Protesters who glued themselves to McDonald’s as part of the Extinction Rebellion (XR) protests in London have been arrested.Members of Animal Rebellion – who are closely aligned with the XR environmental protest group – gathered for an “occupation” of the Leicester Square branch of the fast food giant.Protesters were pictured with their hands glued to the glass, while others held up yellow flags at the front of the store.Credit: @RebelsAnimal via Twitter
A former Royal Marine turned charity boss says the Ministry of Defence blocked a charter flight out of Kabul he arranged for 69 staff and 100 animals.Credit: Sky News via Twitter
A group of anti-vaccine protesters have stormed the ITN building in London.More than 100 demonstrators occupied the front of the building on Grays Inn Road on Monday afternoon.Police officers at the scene blocked the protesters from getting further into the building in an effort to protect journalists and staff.During the incident, protesters yelled abuse at veteran Channel 4 News anchor Jon Snow as he tried to make his way inside.Credit: Newsflare
Police were called to the scene after dozens of protestors gained access to the building, where a number of news programmes are filmed.Credit: @CarlNasman via Twitter
Walkers are being urged to be respectful amid a spike in visitors that is putting pressure on paths and access routes.
After finding 50-year-old Alan Terence Cotton in her home in Runcorn, the woman then started filming as she chased him out of the property and thenout of the grounds too.
An illegal bird trading ring was smashed when police raided a London pub to find dozens of illegally captured wild animals.CCTV footage shows several men trying to flee from officers by jumping onto the roof in an attempt to escape capture.
Neasden Temple volunteer Neepa Patel explains why the temple has raised over £700,000 in COVID relief for India and given out 80,000 vaccines to local residents in Brent.
This is the moment foreign secretary Dominic Raab fumes at Sir Keir Starmer after being criticised for holidaying in Crete during the fall of Afghanistan.Foreign secretary Raab angrily shouted at Starmer during an emergency debate over the crisis in Afghanistan, which was seized by the Taliban on Sunday.
Quick-thinking police in Surlingham, Norfolk, shot Simon Tait, 38, in the leg with a rubber bullet after he pointed his fake M16 assault rifle straight at the officer.Tait - who was found to have 1,000 child porn images in a separate offence - had earlier stormed into his local pub dressed in combat gear on Sunday, May 23.Credit: SWNS
Thousands of people have flocked to Kabul airport to try and flee the city after the Taliban took hold. Footage appears to show desperate Afghan citizens running alongside a US military plane and trying to cling on the the outside in order to escape.Credit: @TOLOnews via Twitter
Some people won't get back': Defence Secretary's emotional response when asked about removing Britons from Afghanistan
Ben Wallace looked visibly emotional whe asked about the UK effort to remove Britons from the country which has fallen under Taliban control.Credit: LBC via Twitter / LBC
A security worker left two dogs to die in a hot car for more than two hours because neighbours complained about their loud barking.Richard Armstrong, 47, left the pair of security dogs shut in the boot of his Vauxhall Astra estate on a hot April day when temperatures hit around 24C. Passers-by saw the animals in the back of the vehicle in Ilford, east London, and called police. Officers found one of the dogs dead in his kennel in the boot, while the second was collapsed but still breathing.Hector and Yardie - both Belgian Malinois used for security work - had been kept in the back of the vehicle with a fan running to try and keep them cool.Yardie was taken to a vets but had to be put down.
This Morning presenter Eamonn Holmes has issued an apology after making a remark about Dr Zoe Williams' hair, comparing it to that of a alpaca.
Officers tried to negotiate with Jayesh Thanki, who called the force to say he was taking a bomb to Weston Favell police station because he blamed police for him being evicted
Education secretary Gavin Williamson repeatedly refused to reveal his own A-level results in a live interview.Credit: @LBC Via Twitter / LBC Radio
Zachary, 13, spoke about his mental health struggles brought on by the lack of safety measures in school.