Beccy Jesson, 36, sustainable travel officer from Bristol
Beccy was one of the last people to be arrested and removed from Waterloo Bridge during the 2019 April Rebellion. She was charged under Section 14 of the Public Order Act, pleaded guilty on 23rd August at City of London Magistrates’ Court and received a six month conditional discharge and £105 court costs.
“For many years it seemed like nothing would really make a difference in regards to changing our destructive path into environmental disaster. I had, like many people, been trying my best to reduce my personal impact but settled into something close to resignation. The first XR talk I went to ignited a sense of urgency and, for the first time in a long time, I had hope that collective voices and actions might have an impact and raise the alarm.
As a white middle class woman, making the decision to be arrested was not as risky as it would be for many people. I wanted to contribute to creating the disruption needed to bring the Climate and Ecological Emergency to the forefront of political discussion and everyday conversations.”