Sitting on top of an oil tanker with her hand glued to the railing, a protester described how she gave up a career of training as surgeons in order to fight climate change.
Stephanie, 27, and her partner Josh, 28, joined other environmental activists from Isulate Britain in Dover on Friday, where traffic was halted at the busy trading port.
She told the PA News Agency: âWe don’t want to be here.
âI want to be home with my family and spend time with them, but if we don’t, they won’t have a future.
It is the future of all our children that is at stake and their lives are more important than my career.
âThe government is not doing enough. On the current trajectory, we are heading towards chaos.
The couple traveled some 290 miles downstream from Manchester to join the protests and spent hours on top of the tanker after climbing on it around 8:30 a.m.
Dressed in fluorescent orange and yellow jackets, they were smiling and singing atop the vehicle as more and more police gathered on the ground.
A banner from Insulate Britain was stuck to the curved metal side of the vehicle, along with posters that read ‘I want my children to survive’ and ‘Arrested 4 times because I cry life on earth’.
Stephanie told PA: âI used to work in operating rooms to train surgeons, but I gave up on that because it’s more important.
“The future of all of our children is at stake and their lives are more important than my career.”
His companion Josh told PA: âWe are here today to get the government to isolate UK homes.
âThe reason is that insulation per pound invested is the fastest and cheapest way to reduce CO2. “
While still on top of the tanker, the two men were informed by a police officer that they were under arrest for “conspiracy to cause public nuisance and obstruction of a highway. “.
Stephanie was eventually picked up by the police in an orange sling and Josh was back on the ground shortly after.
At least 39 arrests have been made following protests in Kent Harbor, police said on Friday afternoon.
The protests led to queues of vehicles attempting to cross the English Channel on the A40 road, with several drivers protesting with the activists.
It comes after Insulate Britain – an offshoot of climate group Extinction Rebellion – wreaked havoc on the M25 five times in the past fortnight, but protesters have been threatened with jail if they return to the motorway after the government obtained an injunction from the High Court.
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