Insulate Britain protester drove 4×4 on 81,000-mile jaunt


An Insulate Britain protester who blocked busy roads as part of climate change demonstrations has come under fire after it was revealed she embarked on a 81,000 mile trip across the globe in a diesel-fulled Toyota.

Emma Smart, 44, was charged with obstructing traffic in Weymouth and Dorchester as part of a climate change protest in May this year.

She was also pictured among the eco protesters blocking the roads near the M25 at Dartford.  

However the eco protester, who previously worked as biologist, has come under fire after it was revealed she and her partner Andy drove 80,975 miles visiting 50 countries in 858 days in an 18-year-old Toyota from 2012 to 2016. 

Emma Smart (second from left), 44, was charged with obstructing traffic in Weymouth and Dorchester and was also pictured among the eco protesters blocking the roads near the M25 at Dartfort

Emma Smart (second from left), 44, was charged with obstructing traffic in Weymouth and Dorchester and was also pictured among the eco protesters blocking the roads near the M25 at Dartfort

The eco protester and her partner Andy drove 80,975 miles in 858 days in an 18-year-old Toyota from 2012 to 2016

The eco protester and her partner Andy drove 80,975 miles in 858 days in an 18-year-old Toyota from 2012 to 2016

Ms Shaw and Insulate Britain protesters block a roundabout at a junction on the M25

Ms Shaw and Insulate Britain protesters block a roundabout at a junction on the M25

Ahead of her trip in 2012 Ms Shaw told BBC: ‘It’s a massive scale it’s taken 18 months of planning and saving and we are working extremely hard but here we are now about to set of and it’s all very real.’ 

The couple broke their global trip into four phases and regularly blogged about their travel inside their 4×4.

The first leg of their trip saw them travel to France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Mongolia, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, Belgium.

This was followed by visits to Portugal, Morocco, Western Sahara, Spain and  Andorra. 

The couple also travelled to Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro and Kosova along their world expedition.

However the Insulate Britain protester has now come under fire for the gas-guzzling trip, with some calling Ms Shaw’s global tour ‘hypocrisy at its very finest’. 

One person took to social media to write: ‘This is one of the #InsulateBritain protestors Emma Smart who felt “compelled” to stop traffic on the M25 this morning…hypocrisy at its very finest! 81k miles the trip!’

While another commented: ‘Emma Smart #InsulateBritain happily driving around the world on a jolly holiday without a care for the #ClimateEmergency

‘Now lies on the roads stopping people going to work… #Hypocrite.’

The former biologist was pictured with climate change demonstrators blocking  the M25 at junction 31 this year

The former biologist was pictured with climate change demonstrators blocking  the M25 at junction 31 this year

The couple broke their global trip into four phases and the first leg of their trip saw them to, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden. Pictured: Ms Shaw's full trip

The couple broke their global trip into four phases and the first leg of their trip saw them to, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden. Pictured: Ms Shaw’s full trip

The Insulate Britain protester has now come under fire for the gas-guzzling trip, with some calling Ms Shaw's global tour 'hypocrisy at its very finest'

The Insulate Britain protester has now come under fire for the gas-guzzling trip, with some calling Ms Shaw’s global tour ‘hypocrisy at its very finest’

Another person added: ‘Yes, the same Emma Smart from Weymouth who chose to drive nearly 81,000 miles around the world.’

Elsewhere one person said: ‘Really, what about the planet?’ 

Ms Shaw told The Sun: ‘The research I carried out before the trip in 2012 concluded we would produce 62 per cent less CO2 per day adventuring compared with our situation living in a shared house of four people in the UK.

‘For the last two years, I have dedicated my life voluntarily to helping people in this country and around the world get out of this crisis we are all in together. 

‘With Insulate Britain, I have again found hope.’ 

Earlier this month more than 100 Insulate Britain activists were served with an injunction against road-blocking protests.

The original injunction, granted to National Highways on September 21, banned the demonstrations on the M25 and was followed by a second approved on September 24 which restricted protests around the Port of Dover.

A third injunction was granted this month, banning them from obstructing traffic and access to motorways and major A roads in and around London.

However the move did not stop protests and the group, which is calling on the Government to insulate all homes across the UK by 2030 to help cut carbon emissions, continued to sit down on London roads.



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