Insulate Britain, the group behind Friday’s protest, launched only last week but its campaign of civil disobedience has already involved activists repeatedly blocking the M25, causing long tailbacks and leading to more than 300 arrests. The campaign is calling for the government to insulate the UK’s draughty housing stock – social housing by 2025 and the rest by 2030 – to tackle climate emissions, reduce fuel poverty and improve public health. Its tactics have been fiercely criticised, with politicians labelling the protesters as selfish and warning they were putting themselves and others in danger. But as the protesters vowed to continue their campaign, academics and policy experts acknowledged that although there were misgivings about the group’s tactics, its call to improve the UK’s often draughty and inefficient housing stock – some of the worst in Europe – had widespread support. For more than a decade, climate scientists and policy experts have regarded insulating homes as “low-hanging fruit” in the effort to reduce the UK’s carbon emissions – with huge additional benefits in terms of tackling fuel poverty and improving public health. Jess Ralston, an analyst at the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit, said that although most experts “wouldn’t dream” of joining demonstrations like the one organised by Insulate Britain, there was widespread agreement with the group’s demands. “Their methods may be disruptive, but many experts inside and outside of government have repeatedly agreed with their messages and called for a plan to sort out our poorly performing homes over the last decade,” said Ralston.
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