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The teen turning down championships for the planet

February 2, 2023

By Paul Homewood


You can always trust the BBC to promote its climate agenda to the kids who Newsbeat is aimed at:



At 16 years old, athlete Innes FitzGerald is racing to help the planet.

The promising long-distance runner has turned down the chance to compete in the World Cross Country Championships.

Her reasoning? The contest is in Australia, thousands of miles from her home in Devon. Innes says she cannot justify flying in a climate crisis.

"I had to make a move. I had to do something just to make sure people were aware of the problem," she says.

"I just thought I needed to do something," Innes tells BBC Newsbeat.

"So when I had the opportunity to go to Australia, I was like, well, this is when I should say something."

Meanwhile the Telegraph highlights the hypocrisy of the greens:




I sincerely hope that young Innes quickly grows up and realises that she should be making the most of her talent while she is still young enough.

As for the wretched BBC pushing their climate emergency agenda amongst kids, they should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves. A world without international sport would be a much sadder place.

  1. Kelland Hutchence permalink
    February 2, 2023 10:33 am

    No problem, we’re leaving for a holiday in Oz and NZ this weekend. we won’t give her a moment’s thought. It might take twenty or so years but eventually she’ll be kicking herself for being so utterly stupid .

    • February 2, 2023 10:56 am

      Enjoy your holiday!

      • Kelland Hutchence permalink
        February 2, 2023 3:32 pm

        Many thanks! I’m sure I will!
        BTW, if you search for this poor young lass on FB you can see the dozens of ecofascists lined up to congratulate her on her wise decision.

      • February 2, 2023 3:41 pm

        There’s none so blind as them’s that cannot see!

    • Mantaray permalink
      February 4, 2023 12:19 am

      I’m in Oz. Never heard of this sheila but looked her up. She was in Italy just six weeks ago (see photo and read her number bib; Piemonte), which indicates she must’ve run there and back. Seems like an airhead, who may one day wake up .

      Kids are always saying stupid things. Search Greta the Swedish Goose for confirmation of this!

  2. Phoenix44 permalink
    February 2, 2023 10:40 am

    Yes, one return flight to Australia saves the world…unlike her competing in Italy in that photo! And no doubt the 100s who drive to events in the UK.

    Cross country running is a complete luxury. We don’t “need” her to be doing any of it.

    • February 2, 2023 10:57 am

      She took an overnight train to get to Italy

      • Phoenix44 permalink
        February 2, 2023 11:01 am

        The train went all the way to the meet? And started where she lives? And trains run on magic? And everybody at the meet went by magic train? And the bibs were made by magic fairies from magic dust?

      • February 2, 2023 11:42 am

        Forgive me if my comment sounded in any way supportive of her views. I was just stating a fact. I fully understand the futility of what she was doing and how a train journey is a pathetic gesture, much like the green doom goblin sailing across the Atlantic.
        As mentioned above my daughter is in the same year as her at the school. All the sensible kids think Innes, who only joined the school in year 12, is stupid to believe all the ‘climate crisis’ nonsense. But there’s a lot to be said for the aptness of the Larkin poem which begins “They f**k you up your Mum & Dad….”. The family live on a smallholding (think ‘The Good Life’) and are vegans so it’s likely her parents have inculcated these wacky beliefs in her. She’s an excellent runner, winning races well above her age group and to give up a chance of a world championships medal is totally crazy; especially as the objective she is striving to achieve is impossible.
        The headmaster of the school is just as bad. He put a puff piece in his weekly newsletter about Innes and her green virtuosity. He’s an historian so doesn’t know any better. This is the headmaster who, when advising us of the school closure yesterday, wanted to remind us that ‘everybody in the school cares so much about all pupils’ and that we ‘had to respect the teachers’ right to strike’.

      • 1saveenergy permalink
        February 2, 2023 12:30 pm

        “The headmaster … He’s an historian so doesn’t know any better.”
        He should look at the history of climate

      • It doesn't add up... permalink
        February 2, 2023 1:02 pm

        Exeter to Paddington. Tube to St Pancras. Eurostar to Gare du Nord. Metro to Gare de Lyon. Overnight couchette to Italy. Not sure about the leg to the stadium and hotel.

  3. deejaym permalink
    February 2, 2023 10:52 am

    In 15 years Innes will look back & hopefully understand that the only effect her virtue signalling had was to ruin her sporting career…. I’ve sympathy for her, but none for her parents & teachers, they’re the ones who propagate this nonsense

  4. February 2, 2023 10:59 am

    My daughter is in the same year at the school. There’s no way our 17 year old does something just because Mum & Dad say so 🤣🤣🤣

    • Nigel Sherratt permalink
      February 2, 2023 12:11 pm

      Congratulations, you certainly get my parenting award unlike those of the unfortunate Innes.

  5. GeoffB permalink
    February 2, 2023 10:59 am

    Poor kid, missing out on the opportunity of a lifetime, all she has to do is plant a few saplings and that will offset her flight carbon emissions. (Well that is what the greens and big business think).

  6. David permalink
    February 2, 2023 11:13 am

    The few tons of CO2 they generate will turn into a few tons of timber in due course

  7. Ray Sanders permalink
    February 2, 2023 11:18 am

    There clearly is a major problem of child abuse in this country at the moment.

    • Slingshot permalink
      February 3, 2023 1:01 pm

      Yes, indeed, especially in Scotland.

    • Slingshot permalink
      February 3, 2023 1:09 pm

      Indeed, especially in Scotland.

  8. Gamecock permalink
    February 2, 2023 11:20 am

    ‘Her reasoning? The contest is in Australia, thousands of miles from her home in Devon. Innes says she cannot justify flying in a climate crisis.’

    The empty seat in the plane will still be going to Australia. Perhaps with someone else’s heiny in it. She changes nothing.

    This has always been the problem with Britain’s Net Zero. No one else is playing the game.

    • M E permalink
      February 3, 2023 4:58 am

      May I point out that our recent Prime Minister was a fan of Net Zero
      Ms Ardern also required emissions to be cut back. Green Policy was part of her government strategy because it goes down well with the thoughtless crowd in the national news media. Farmers and others were in a state of almost rebellion but their points of view were censored and you did not hear of them in other parts of the world. She went suddenly. and the new PM is pragmatic.

      • Gamecock permalink
        February 4, 2023 11:06 am

        Your opinion, please. Do NZ PMs preen for Britain, or is NZ culturally independent, and Ardern did all this on her own?

        Which also begs the question, for whom was she doing this (which could also be asked of the PMs of Britain – wrecking the country “for the planet” is really lame)?

        We also see Trudeau acting dictatorial in Canada. We ‘Mericans can’t figure out why, nor why the Canadians allow it.

  9. Ian Wilson permalink
    February 2, 2023 11:22 am

    So sad Innes has missed this great opportunity due to evil influences stuffing her mind with propaganda.
    Meanwhile in the real world the UAH satellite record for January shows a small decrease in temperature compared with the datum and a drop of 0.7 degree since the el Nino peak of 2015/16.
    If there is a climate emergency it is the threat of lower food crops due to COOLING.

  10. Jack Broughton permalink
    February 2, 2023 11:23 am

    Ron Clutz did an interesting post about this on Tuesday showing that the younger generation have been brainwashed into a blind belief that the “climate crisis” means that economic well-being becomes subjugated to “saving the planet”. The extent of the media, schooling and political brainwashing is frankly terrifying and is totally distorting reasoned debate and assessment. Net Zero is an obvious proof of this.

  11. Harry Passfield permalink
    February 2, 2023 11:26 am

    I just bet she lapped up ‘I’m a Celebrity…’. Hmmm…where was that held?

  12. February 2, 2023 11:43 am

    Is this how excellence and progress is achieved? I curse those who infected her with their religion.

  13. Mad Mike permalink
    February 2, 2023 11:54 am

    I like the spokesperson for Letzte Generation’s explanation that the 2 absent defendants were travelling as private people not activists. It’s perfectly OK to keep these things separate we are told.

    For once, I don’t know what to say about that statement except that they can’t be living in my world.

    • Mad Mike permalink
      February 2, 2023 12:05 pm

      After gathering my thoughts, I was wondering what the judge thought of their actions which clearly show an immense distain for the Law. They clearly think they are above the law. I hope the judge bears this in mind when he gets to sentence them.

    • February 2, 2023 6:45 pm

      ‘It was my alter ego wot did it’ doesn’t cut the mustard in court.

  14. Malcolm Fraser permalink
    February 2, 2023 12:01 pm

    Reminds me to mention the London mayor and his crazy LEZ expansion stating that its to lower emissions, so how does that work if everyone pays the daily charge and you have exactly the same emissions! Follow the money.

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      February 2, 2023 1:03 pm

      Ah…but what if a majority go out and buy 40 year-old bangers which are exempt?

    • Dave Andrews permalink
      February 3, 2023 5:16 pm

      Well the previous ULEZ expansion did raise over £90m for TfL so why not expand it again to help TfL – er, reduce pollution.

  15. February 2, 2023 12:02 pm

    At my usual 3 beer stage when all the synapses are firing in response to yet one more story of klymutt insanity I suddenly thought laterally.

    “The woke Olympic 100m race”.

    The “person” who comes last gets awarded the gold medal and the one who comes first must apologise.

    However, because of diversity and inclusion, Caucasians are only allowed to compete but not to be placed in the rankings and must attend mandatory correction courses (at their own expense), to address their unacceptable ideas regarding the obvious racist undertones of their desire to compete. After being run the “race” it’s self is banned because the concept of competition is European and therefore by default racist, the units of measurement are racist because they are also European in origin and the very mention of the word race makes people uncomfortable and run to find a safe place. So in the spirit of inclusiveness everyone (who has the correct skin colour/genitalia/religion views on climate change etc), is given as many gold medals as they want.

    Hope that did not sound too optimistic!

    • Gamecock permalink
      February 2, 2023 12:09 pm

      Except in California, where they also get 5 million bucks!

      • February 2, 2023 12:24 pm

        What will those who come after us in a few hundred years make of this all I wonder? Taking the pinnacle of human achievement, with all it’s humanity and technological achievement and replacing it with tribalism and witchcraft ( Klymutt Sheyngsh is beyond religion).

      • Gamecock permalink
        February 2, 2023 2:01 pm

        “Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good” – Thomas Sowell

    • February 2, 2023 12:40 pm

      Wonderful 🤣🤣

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      February 2, 2023 3:07 pm

      What would future generations have to say about our lunacy? Perhaps they could channel a great inventor and think: What would Edison say? (Assume he was prevented from developing the incandescent light (Swan, also)?)

      • 1saveenergy permalink
        February 2, 2023 4:04 pm

        I do wish people would pay attention in history class – Edison didn’t invent the light bulb…that was done 44yrs earlier in Scotland…
        James Bowman Lindsay demonstrated his constant electric lighting system using an evacuated incandescent light bulb at the Thistle Hall, Dundee on 31st July 1835,
        (He stated that he could “read a book at a distance of one and a half feet”); But he didn’t pursue it.
        Instead, Lindsay took out patent No 1242 in 1854; for his system of wireless telegraphy through water .

        1879 Thomas Edison purchased ‘His Invention’ from Canadians James Woodward & Mathew Evans; their patent (U.S. Patent 0,181,613) was filed On 24 July 1874.

      • Harry Passfield permalink
        February 2, 2023 7:10 pm

        OK, 1SE, Edison may not have invented the light bulb per se (Google needs to be more accurate) but did he not do a lot of research and tests to determine that tungsten was the best filament?

      • Gamecock permalink
        February 4, 2023 8:32 pm

        1saveenergy, consider picking your fights a little better.

    • Max Beran permalink
      February 3, 2023 8:02 pm

      pardonmeforbreathing: Sounds like “Critical Race Theory”. Geddit? “Race” theory.

  16. February 2, 2023 12:09 pm

    As the plane is still flying to Australia and the weight of her as a passenger is almost neglible so far aa fuel use is concerned, she’s wasting her time. I reckon she just couldn’t justify the expense and decided to get some green credits by saying what she’s said.

    • February 2, 2023 12:31 pm

      Virtue signalling is the new “achievement”. So many aspects of our lives are now overseen by actors not doers. This also applies to that appalling group of people who see themselves as the political class.
      After the equity and diversity mandates bite in pilot training you won’t be flying anywhere because the planes will all have crashed! All you can hope is you will not on one of them at the time. But do not get too complacent because if you need an operation remember the person performing life saving surgery on you ( as well as the anaesthetist) will be in their job not because they came top of the class but because they skin contained the right amount of melanin, they had the correct genitalia, practiced the correct religion or had the correct political views.

  17. February 2, 2023 12:35 pm

    Last word.

    Step back and look. Her WHOLE outfit, indeed all of her outfits…tracksuits, running shoes all of them 100% made from hydrocarbons!

    She is a walking talking celebration for the wonder that is oil and gas!

    • John Palmer permalink
      February 2, 2023 12:48 pm


    • Gamecock permalink
      February 2, 2023 10:30 pm

      I dunno. She looks kinda skinny. Someone get her a sandwich!

      • mikewaite permalink
        February 3, 2023 11:23 am

        You make an important point Gamecock , even if not intending to be taken too seriously. I understand that she comes from a vegan family so presumably her diet is principally or totally vegetarian . If she is successful as an athlete does that mean that a diet lacking the protein and vitamins easily found in meat is sufficient for her strength and stamina?
        Not an idle question because I have a 10 year old grandaughter , keen on crosscountry running and , at present , very good at it . But she is showing distressing signs of avoiding meat. Is that school and media propaganda , peer pressure? Rather worrying . Are there suitable vegetarian substitutes for meat that fulfil all the dietary requirements of youngsters keen on sports. I am sure that there are many parents and grandparents worrying about this given the relentlesss anti- meat campaigns from the BBC and others of that unpleasant ilk.

  18. Joe Public permalink
    February 2, 2023 12:50 pm

    Surely a promising long-distance cross-country runner should run across all the intervening countries to compete in the World Cross Country Championships?

    She’d perhaps win it before the opening ceremony ended.

    • dave permalink
      February 4, 2023 2:41 pm


      In this funny 1980 film the Marathon was 3,500 km! Fought out, during two weeks of constant running, between Rene Fromage (a billy-goat from France) and Kit Mumbo (a she-leopard from Kenya).

  19. Micky R permalink
    February 2, 2023 2:43 pm

    Young people should be protected from the religious beliefs of others.

  20. Broadlands permalink
    February 2, 2023 2:53 pm

    She is not alone in believing that if we lower our emissions we will lower the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere to lower Earth’s temperature. All that does in leave carbon in the ground in case we need it when the climate starts cooling again.

  21. Jack Broughton permalink
    February 2, 2023 3:50 pm

    I don’t know if this matter has arisen here before; but I find that we have 3 planning applications in process within a mile for large battery storage projects. All are justified by the eco-freaks and local council as saving the planet and part of the declared “Climate Emergency”. However, nowhere do the planning applications mention the known fire and fumes risk, or the need for massive amounts of water if they go up.

    These are a product of net-zero madness and if needed, as they surely are, should be part of the generating unit, not correcting for their deficiencies at the user end. Would be grateful for support information about battery problems in my opposition to this type of scheme.

    • Kelland Hutchence permalink
      February 2, 2023 4:09 pm

      Jack – I hope this might help. I heard about it in a French article in Le Canard Enchainé. Check Wiki for the ship named Felicity-Ace.

      On 28 February 2022, the car carrier FELICITY-ACE loaded with 4108 electric cars of the VW group caught fire…

      • February 2, 2023 4:52 pm

        Interesting how little was said in the UK press about this disaster in March last year. But two Norwegian ferry companies have now banned EVs from their ships. The increasing number of EV fires (cars, bikes, buses) is also hardly mentioned. How long before there’s a major disaster in the Channel Tunnel?

      • dave permalink
        February 4, 2023 3:48 pm

        There were not 4,108 electric cars on board. Most of the cars were conventional.

        Good luck with finding ANYTHING written after early March 2022 about this $500,000,000 loss. Officially the ship never existed, it would seem, let alone burned because of the EV’s on board!

  22. Edward Philip John Foster permalink
    February 2, 2023 4:14 pm

    Every tonne of aviation fuel burned produced 1600 loaves of bread.
    I note that the new name for ‘climate change’ seems to be ‘climate breakdown’. Maybe they should spray Valium into the air.

    • Gamecock permalink
      February 2, 2023 5:37 pm

      Integrate it into the jet exhaust: Valium chemtrails.

      Just before WEF liquidates 7 billion of us. (Damn, maybe I shouldn’t give them any ideas.)

  23. Peter permalink
    February 3, 2023 5:22 am

    If she is really concerned about the planet, she should give up running as well. For all the training and running, she uses much more calories (energy) than non-athletes, and she therefore emits much more “carbon” than non-athletes.

  24. Devoncamel permalink
    February 3, 2023 7:03 am

    I propose a World Climate Conscious Cross Country Championship. To express due virtue all runners will measure out the required distance within 5 k of their house, do the run and post the time. Winner earns sufficient carbon offset to go on a nice holiday.

  25. Max Beran permalink
    February 3, 2023 7:55 pm

    “It used to be an annual event, but since 2010 it’s biennial, which effectively constitutes a halving of emissions.”
    Like me not buying my wife a mink coat saves us 1,000 guineas! (at least that’s what they allegedly used to cost when I was a lad).

  26. Ray Sanders permalink
    February 3, 2023 8:13 pm

    When one of my all time heroes, Kevin Sinfield, did his 7 marathons in 7 days, his run from Leicester to Leeds or his super marathons from Edinburgh to Manchester did he stop and wonder about his climate impact? Or just perhaps he cared significantly more of his fellow man.
    Perhaps our younger generation need to look to better role models.

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