Thu. Aug 18th, 2022

The BBC Climate Editor’s sister is among 113 Insulate Britain eco-zealots named on a National Highways injunction allowing courts to imprison repeat offenders

  • Cordelia Rowlatt is among 113 activists named on a National Highways injunction
  • She was arrested twice for blocking roads and working with Extinction Rebellion
  • The 54-year-old is the younger sister of BBC Climate Editor Justin Rowlatt
  • She could be jailed if she breaks the order by joining another roadblock


The sister of the BBC’s climate editor is among the activists wreaking havoc on Britain’s main roads.

Cordelia Rowlatt, Justin’s sister, is among 113 protesters in Insulate Britain named after a National Highways injunction that would allow courts to jail repeat offenders.

The 54-year-old has been arrested twice for blocking roads and previously campaigning with Extinction Rebellion.

In a recent video, she said: ‘A few months ago I was in court and I was told that my right to protest against the lack of action against climate change was less important than people’s rights to carry out their daily business, such as motorists. Now it’s really crazy. ‘

Justin's sister Cordelia Rowlatt is among 113 protesters in Insulate Britain named after a National Highways injunction that would allow courts to imprison repeat offenders

Justin’s sister Cordelia Rowlatt is among 113 protesters in Insulate Britain named after a National Highways injunction that would allow courts to imprison repeat offenders

Cordelia, who runs a small farm in Frome, Somerset, was interviewed by her brother in 2006 as part of the BBC’s Ethical Man project, where he spent a year reducing his environmental impact.

Another activist named for the order, Cambridge University philosophy candidate Cathy Eastburn, 54, is one of Britain’s most prolific protesters and has stripped outside parliament, glued herself to a commuter train and once shouted at Sir David Attenborough to ‘ do not tell the truth ‘.

She has had 12 arrests within three years, but still says, ‘I’m not a criminal.’

Well-connected Serena Schellenberg, a 60-year-old ‘freelance climate activist’, is also named in the injunction.

She is the daughter of the late flamboyant businessman and socialite, Keith Schellenberg, who controversially bought the Scottish island of Eigg in the 1970s.

Speaking of a previous arrest for community magazine, Tatler, she said: ‘I have the benefit of being a white, middle-aged woman. It would not be so easy if I were black, and the other thing is that my character witnesses are comrades in the kingdom. ‘

Retired pastor Tim Hewes, who is also on probation, has been arrested six times by three different police forces during protests in Insulate Britain.

The 71-year-old previously sewed his lips together on a protest and was jailed for 14 days for contempt of court after gluing himself to furniture and livestreaming procedures during a subsequent court hearing.

Rev Hewes remains an ordained pastor of the Church of England despite his criminal activities.

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