The message with Insulate Britain was: be prepared to go on remand for two weeks. It took me a long time to decide I was ready for that.
It’s strange, I don’t remember the process by which I decided Extinction Rebellion was where I wanted to go. It was an immediate, visceral reaction: “YES!”. It was exciting, those early rebellions. There was an expectancy that it was going to achieve something. All those people on the streets, how could they ignore it?
COVID has played its part in falling numbers, but it’s also disillusionment. At what point does one say: “I’ve been doing this and this, and this, and I don’t think its having any impact; I’m going to stop”? I think some people are. I will not give up on this quest!
Ten months ago my younger daughter had a baby. He’s such an adorable little baby. My daughter said: “I don’t know what kind of world I’ve brought him into”.
That’s given me a bigger impetus to do something: you have to do what you feel driven to do, and let go of the outcome. Because you don’t know what the outcome will be. When I’m on my death bed, I want to say: I did what I could. Was it enough? Who knows. But I did what I could, once I knew.Pippa