Meg Watson, 39, carer from Ramsgate in Kent
Meg, who has a teenage son, was arrested in Parliament Square during the 2019 April Rebellion. She pleaded guilty at City of London Magistrates’ Court that September and was given a six month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £20 court costs.
“I’d seen the Heading to Extinction talk online by Doctor Gail Bradbrook and I really went into quite a state of shock when I realised how severe the degradation of our climate and ecology is and that we are now facing an existential threat. So I got involved with Extinction Rebellion locally and also at national protests.
Historically, the only thing that has brought about change is mass participatory civil disobedience. So that’s why I made the decision to get arrested. Many people don’t realise how bad the situation is and the rate at which we’re destroying the ecosystems and the biosphere that we depend on. I hope that my actions helped in some small way to raise the alarm. ”