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Extinction Rebellion Founder Blasted For ‘Blind Hypocrisy’ After 11,000-Mile Flight For Luxury Holiday

October 13, 2019

By Paul Homewood

Oh dear!


Gail Bradbrook clocked up 11,000 air miles as she flew to Costa Rica for a week’s £2,500 stay at the New Life Iboga retreat then a week touring the tropical paradise.

Last year the 47-year-old helped set up the XR climate-protest campaignwhich is a week into two weeks of disruptions across London.

Thousands of protesters brought the capital to a standstill last week as they blocked roads and bridges, forcing ambulances to be diverted and causing mayhem for motorists. Some protesters handcuffed themselves to cars or glued themselves to government buildings. Activists occupied London City Airport and militant vegan offshoot Animal Rebellion took over Smithfield Meat Market.

The activists caused more chaos in London — and the mayhem is set to continue this week. The leftie XR group is calling for a reduction in air travel and wants the Government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.

Yet Bradbrook, who has posted about the need to ground aircraft, proudly put pictures on Facebook during her 2016 Costa Rica jaunt — which left a carbon footprint of 2.6TONNES of CO2 emissions. One photo was of her in a flowery dress at the beach taking snaps of monkeys.

She revealed that her holiday of self-discovery included taking hallucinogenic drugs that inspired her calling “to get with the spirit of the otter”.

And she said it was “filled with nature and the warm sea”, cooing over lizards, iguanas, birds that “nick your breakfast” and monkeys that “smash mangoes on the roofs”. She also gushed that she wanted to use her visit to “express my most passionate self” in “the most filthiest, animal way”.

Bradbrook said she contacted a spirit known as Grandmother Ayahuasca and got a “kick up the a*** on negative habits”.

I am sure The Sun are being very ungenerous here, Surely Ms Bradbrook’s airplane plane must have been solar or maybe a rubber band powered!

  1. john cooknell permalink
    October 13, 2019 9:51 pm

    Hypocrisy everywhere.

    My neighbour is a school, who gave permission for the pupils to protest on “Fridays for future” just as Greta said. The Local Council have declared a “Climate Emergency” such a comfort!

    The school put in a planning application for extending the staff car park, chopping down 4 large magnificent trees to make room. The daily school run causes congestion and pollution and worst of all the mothers park across my drive and the pavement !.

    With tongue firmly in cheek, I raised an objection on the basis of environmental damage and non compliance with the Climate Emergency. From correspondence it appears they think I meant it, they are so full of regrets etc.

    Planning Consent was given to the Car Park.

  2. Pancho Plail permalink
    October 13, 2019 10:29 pm

    It is good that this hypocrisy is exposed in such a popular (I nearly said well read) paper as The Sun.The actions of these people need exposing far and wide.

  3. Bertie permalink
    October 13, 2019 10:36 pm

    You couldn’t make it up!
    I detect a change in the atmosphere. The Man on the Clapham Omnibus is, maybe, finally seeing the rank hypocrisy of this politically-driven scam.

  4. October 13, 2019 10:45 pm

    Do we need to take hallucinogens to convert to rabid climate botherers?

  5. HotScot permalink
    October 13, 2019 11:40 pm

    The GWPF have supplied the wrong link in their article.

    This is the proper link.

    • Dave Ward permalink
      October 14, 2019 9:52 am

      Thanks, HotScot – I thought there was something odd going on. Mind you, the “wrong” link was interesting all the same!

  6. Graeme No.3 permalink
    October 14, 2019 12:18 am

    She should have flown a broomstick.

  7. Tomo permalink
    October 14, 2019 1:39 am

    She seems pretty reticent about how such jaunts are funded – looks like she might be on the payroll of a local council / “charity” – anybody know?

    • Mack permalink
      October 14, 2019 4:42 am

      Her background seems to be one of ‘professional studen/academic, charity director, activist etc’, a trough customarily full to the brim of taxpayer largesse and green mafia cash.

    • rapscallion permalink
      October 14, 2019 10:01 am

      I wouldn’t be in the least surprised if Soros wasn’t behind it all.

  8. October 14, 2019 6:33 am

    “I am sure The Sun are being very ungenerous here, Surely Ms Bradbrook’s airplane plane must have been solar or maybe a rubber band powered!”

    I have just been watching a promotional video and it now seems that aeroplanes are powered by biogas produced by anaerobic digesters.

    • Graeme No.3 permalink
      October 14, 2019 7:33 am

      Wouldn’t that leave a strong smell of hypocrisy behind?
      It is well known in Extinction circles that methane doesn’t emit CO2 when burnt (when that is convenient). Alternative suitable fuels are wood pellets, household rubbish and pine oil+tar (as used in Sweden).
      There are moves in Australia to convert brown coal to hydrogen and export the liquified product (at below minus 255℃) as fuel to Japan. It involves lots of subsidies from Australian taxpayers. Should this ever ‘get off the ground’ (pun intended) then there will be another fuel available – and known to have worked in the Hindenburg.

  9. Luc Ozade permalink
    October 14, 2019 6:55 am

    Before this shower of idiots showed up I was looking forward to winding down my ‘involvement’ with AGW because it seemed that we might be winning. Maybe we are but the huge rise in alarmism is now denying me my well-earned retirement (after at least 12 years). Damn their ill-informed and uneducated eyes!

    • Adam Gallon permalink
      October 14, 2019 10:22 am

      Hence their appearance, the “rebranding” of CAGW as “Climate Emergency”, the censoring of non-compliant views on forums, etc, the appearance of the “Thunborg” .
      As more & more of the doomsters’ prophecies have come to nought (Polar ice still there, no change in hurricanes etc), other methods needed to be brought out, to continue the threat & the programs that rely upon it.

  10. Malcolm Bell permalink
    October 14, 2019 7:44 am

    I am the last person to defend XR whose exploitation of British tolerance and enlightened democracy allows their idiocy. Where else in the world could they do this stuff? Try it in New York, Paris (see Gilets Jeaune treatment), Berlin or Prague let alone Hing Kong or Dubai! They are committing a major social and political crime against the public’s tolerance and freedom.

    However, getting overheated about Ms Bradbrook’s trip misses the fact that this trip was over two years ago and before she set up XR with the failed market gardener. She has herself told the story and its atrocious drug taking binge on their website and it has never been secret. The “unfortunate” Sun newspaper is recycling old news, there is no traction in this.

    As for schools, I thought it was illegal for pupils to fail to attend except for illness and the like. Parents wanting to take children out of school for political, even cultural events without written permission can be prosecutef. Can a Head be prosecuted for taking children out for such suspect political reasons? I surely expect and hope so.

  11. Steven permalink
    October 14, 2019 8:58 am

    People are never going to stop flying and we need people to fly , it is the only way competition-driven technology advances will drive towards cleaner ways to fly… they might as well argue we should not have cities or farms that need tractors or roads that need cars or boats or the internet with energy guzzling servers….

  12. October 14, 2019 12:17 pm

    In 1962, my parents and I flew from Vancouver to Hawaii as my high school graduation present (my mother had always wanted to go there……and I had been at The Seattle World’s Fair as a member of the West Virginia All-State Band–by train and another adventure). We came back on the British ship Oriana where we met an Australian family. I became friends with their younger daughter and was her maid-on-honor in Adelaide in 1968. What a plane trip that was, stopping in Japan and Thailand (where an uncle was setting up a medical library) before Australia. Since then, I have visited the former USSR and flown to Europe twice to ski in Austria. My late parents and I flew to Panama to travel by boat through the Panama Canal (another of my mother’s wishes and a grand time). All of this was prior to 9/11 when flying was fun, you were readily fed on flights and people were nice to each other. It was also prior to a bunch of eco-nuts condemning me for flying as they zoom by in their private jets.

    Since 9/11 I have flown to Hawaii for a vacation with the now-widowed Australian friend and Brazil to visit friends when David was with Halliburton (oh, no, not that…). There was the one to Seattle to take a cruise on Alaska’s Inside Passage with church friends from the 1970’s. My last flight was to the UK for the 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta at Runnymede. These flights have been less than pleasant, but were a necessity.

    It would seem as though my lifetime of “vacations” and experiences, including a number of in-country flights for meetings and ski trips, should be banned for peasants such as myself. However, the self-anointed elites can jet around as usual while expecting kudos rather than criticism. Nuts to that.

  13. Russ Wood permalink
    October 14, 2019 12:53 pm

    Of course, according to Breitbart, the leaders of XR are getting paid around 400 pounds a week to -er- organise these demos. So, unlike the ordinary oiks whose working lives are being disrupted, she can probably AFFORD such a holiday!

    • October 14, 2019 6:20 pm

      I wonder if they are declaring the £400pw to HMRC? Probably not since they seem to think only the ‘rich’ should pay income tax.

  14. October 21, 2019 5:08 am

    Maybe a closet denier?

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