Meg Watson, 39, carer from Ramsgate in Kent

Meg, who has a teenage son, was arrested in Parliament Square during the April Rebellion in 2019. She pleaded guilty at City of London Magistrates’ Court that September and was given a six month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £105 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 mass system change is participatory civil disobedience. So that’s why I made the decision to get arrested.”

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