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The accidental activist

Friday 4 October 2019

Your route to work every day takes you past the Extinction Rebellion demonstrations, blocking the streets of London. You’re aware of the threat of climate change but not actively part of the environmental movement. What do you do? Do you keep walking?


Next week, the streets around Westminster will start to fill up again with Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists. As we’ve reported, the courts are still full of them. Fewer than half the cases of people who were arrested at the big demonstrations in London in April have even begun.

You might expect people who are prepared to be arrested to be hardened activists, veterans of the movement. But in the case of Kim Pearce, the truth is very different. She told her story to Xavier Greenwood.