One of the main climate protesters who have repeatedly helped shut down UK roads over the past month has himself benefited from two epic carbon-generating international road trips in the past two years.
Extinction Rebellion and Isulate Britain activist Cameron Ford was pictured on his 31st birthday being pulled from the blockade of the M25 last month – one of many protests he took part in, frustrating tens of thousands of drivers.
But MailOnline can reveal that in the two years before its activism with the breathtaking hypocrisy ringleader, Ford indulged not once but twice on long trips abroad.
When approached about his trips today, Ford admitted he was a hypocrite but did not repent of his protests.
Cameron Ford, 31, is a regular at Isulate Britain protests which blocked the M25, causing fury and chaos for drivers
Ford has been named as one of the most persistent protesters in the string of major highway blockades this year
He made a 10,000 mile four month trip across the Atlantic and around Canada, then a few months later a more than 2,000 mile jaunt through much of Europe in an old diesel pickup truck. .
The fossil fuels burned and the resulting carbon emissions generated by Ford’s two trips would have been more than double the total annual carbon footprint that a single person in many countries produces in an entire year.
Yet no sooner had he returned from the second trip than he was lecturing the others.
Ford has embarked on two great journeys in two years, one of which driving its old Citroën diesel van from Cambridgeshire to Poland
The Buddhist and his friend drove hundreds of miles in the old van despite its carbon emissions being pumped into the air
Its incredible carbon-saving vacation marathon began in the fall of 2019 as Ford embarked on a four-month jaunt across Canada that involved an 8,500-mile round-trip flight alone.
He then traveled extensively in Canada for 120 days, occasionally posting updates of himself having fun in Edmonton, ice swimming in a lake in Alberta and later sledding in British Columbia. These are just the places he’s posted, but alone they mean he must have flown at least 1,500 miles in Canada as well in addition to his flights – taking the total distance flown over 10,000 miles.
The globetrotting eco-warrior enjoyed an ice bath experience during his tour of Canada where he crossed the Atlantic
Mr. Ford’s flight to Canada generated as much carbon as some people did in a year. He said he had cut back on his trips
And regularly, as he enjoyed this trip of a lifetime, despite its negative effects on the environment, Ford – seemingly oblivious to the contradiction – also regularly posted content promoting Extinction Rebellion and its lobby group. twin Insulate Britain.
He made the trip despite research published weeks before he boarded, showing that a single long-haul flight generates more carbon emissions than the average person in many poor countries consumes in an entire year.
He eventually returned to the UK in January 2020 but had only been back for a few days when he started planning his next international trip – again seemingly oblivious to the personal contributions to global warming this would inevitably bring.
On January 15, he was asking for advice on which van to buy for his next trip. It’s unclear exactly what he spent, but by August he had clearly not only bought a van, but had driven it thousands of miles across mainland Europe.
In an album he titled ‘From Whittlesford to Warsaw’ on August 29, he posted 25 photos showing him with a female companion having fun around a series of exotic places in the previous weeks having fun. obviously to everyone.
Ford has tried to present himself as a serious activist, but sometimes he seems to fail
The direct trip between the two locations would involve a round trip of over 1,500 miles of driving – and it’s clear Ford has taken plenty of detours for the sake of it. This means that it would have generated at least 380 kilos of carbon.
Maybe he used a modern low emission vehicle? No, quite the contrary. The same ‘pretty little van’ he used for the trip, a diesel-powered Citroën, which he then offered for sale in January of this year whereby – no doubt spurred by Ford’s penchant for globetrotters – she has traveled 145,000 miles in total. the clock.
Once back in England, Ford then saw no contradiction in preventing other motorists – most of whom would have traveled much shorter distances with more compelling reasons than him -om being able to move.
Ford has been involved in these blockades on several occasions in recent weeks despite the danger to the lives of sick people stuck in traffic jams, accidents resulting from protesters rushing into moving traffic as well as the fumes that result from the traffic. generates.
Contacted today by MailOnline, Ford accepted the hypocrisy of his globetrotter, but claimed he had recently seen the light and cut his air miles.
He said, “We are all hypocrites. As soon as I discovered the environmental crisis, I immediately gave up.
However, this is inconsistent with his own Facebook outing, which shows he has repeatedly posted on Extinction Rebellion and Global Warming before, during and after the two trips.
Ford then attacked the media’s scrutiny of his trips, saying, “Let’s report on the climate crisis. We have a 95% chance of missing the 2 degree Celsius global warming target – that’s what journalists need to focus on, not trying to demonize us who are trying to save that eventuality.
Ford, a carpenter and Buddhist from Whittlesford in Cambridgeshire, was identified by The Times last month as one of the XR movement’s most persistent activists.
He was interviewed by a local newspaper last month about his activities when he told the Cambridge Independent: “I don’t feel very comfortable. [blocking roads].
“It’s really disturbing. I have never blocked a road before. People are trying to go about their day to day life and I understand that is the case.
“It’s extremely disruptive and no one wants their life to be disrupted. That’s kind of why we’re doing this. Because if we don’t reduce carbon emissions, the climate and biodiversity crisis will be the ultimate upheaval.
Mr Ford’s pickup truck (pictured above on a trip) had 140,000 miles on the odometer, making it one of the most polluting vehicles
The eco-protestot enjoyed the delicacies of Canada, but his trip itself contributed to the melting of the ice caps, which he is against
“Usually when you take a trip you will have to sit in traffic, and this is one of the most valuable reasons to sit in traffic. “
Mail Online explained earlier this week how Insulate Britain frontman Roger Hallam – who sparked outrage when he said the protests should continue even if they cause death – is a hypocrite with a fleet of old diesel vehicles on his Welsh farm
And earlier this year, we revealed how Extinction Rebellion co-founder Dr Gail Bradbrook, 49, drives an old diesel car for short trips rather than using local buses.