One of the leading climate protesters who has repeatedly helped bring Britain’s roads to a standstill in the past month has himself enjoyed two epic carbon-generating international road trips in the past two years.
Extinction Rebellion and Insulate British activist Cameron Ford was photographed on his 31st birthday as he was dragged away from the blocking of the M25 last month – one of several such protests he joined, frustrating tens of thousands of drivers.
But MailOnline can reveal that in the two years leading up to his activism with the breathtakingly hypocritical leader, Ford has indulged not once but twice on long trips abroad.
When Ford was approached today about his travels, he admitted he was a hypocrite, but he had no remorse for his protests.
Cameron Ford, 31, is a regular at the Insulate Britain protests that blocked the M25, sparking anger and chaos for drivers
Ford has been named as one of the most persistent protesters in this year’s wave of major highway blockades
He made a four-month journey of 10,000 miles across the Atlantic and around Canada – and just months later on a journey of over 2,000 miles across much of Europe in an old diesel bus.
The fossil fuels burned and the resulting CO2 emissions generated by Ford’s two voyages would have been more than double the total annual carbon footprint produced by a single person in many countries in an entire year.
But hardly had he returned from the second voyage when he was lecturing others.
Ford has embarked on two major journeys in two years, with one driving its old Citroën diesel bus from Cambridgeshire to Poland
The Buddhist and his girlfriend drove hundreds of miles in the old van, despite the CO2 emissions being pumped into the air
Its incredible carbon-busting holiday marathon began in the fall of 2019, when Ford embarked on a four-month journey across Canada, covering 8,500 miles round trip alone.
He then traveled extensively throughout Canada for 120 days, posting occasional updates of his fun in Edmonton, ice swimming in a lake in Alberta and later sledding in British Columbia. These are just the locations he posted about, but they alone mean he must have traveled at least 1,500 miles within Canada in addition to his flights – the entire distance covered being over 10,000 miles.
World traveler eco-warrior enjoyed an ice bath experience during his Canada tour flying across the Atlantic
Mr. Ford’s flight to Canada generated as much carbon as some people do in a year. He said he curtailed his travels
And while enjoying this journey of a lifetime, despite its negative environmental impacts, Ford regularly posted content promoting Extinction Rebellion and its twin press group Insulate Britain, apparently oblivious to the contradiction.
He made this trip despite research published just weeks before boarding that shows that just a single long-haul flight generates more CO2 emissions than an average person in many poorer countries consumes in an entire year.
He finally 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 apparently oblivious to the personal contributions to global warming this would inevitably cause.
On January 15, he asked for advice on which van to buy for his next trip. It’s not clear what else he spent, but by August he clearly had not only bought a van, but had driven it many thousands of miles across mainland Europe.
In an album titled ‘From Whittlesford to Warsaw’ on August 29, he posted 25 photos of himself and a female companion scurrying around some exotic locations over the past few weeks and visibly enjoying each of them.
Ford has tried to portray himself as a serious campaigner, but sometimes he seems to fall short
The direct journey between the two places would involve a round trip of over 1,500 miles – and it’s clear Ford took a lot of pleasure-driven drifts. This means that he would have generated at least 380 kilograms 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, he then put up for sale in January of this year, fueling an astonishing 145,000 miles – no doubt spurred on by Ford’s penchant for world travel. to stand. clock.
Back in England, Ford then saw no contradiction in stopping other drivers, most of whom would have driven much shorter distances for more compelling reasons than he had.
Ford has repeatedly been involved in these blockades in recent weeks, despite the danger to the lives of sick people trapped in traffic jams, accidents caused by protesters rushing onto the moving traffic and the fumes the resulting traffic generates.
Ford contacted MailOnline today, accepting the hypocrisy of his world trip, but claiming he had recently seen the light and reduced his air miles.
He said, ‘We are all hypocrites. As soon as I heard about the environmental crisis, I immediately phased it out.’
However, this is inconsistent with his own Facebook output, which shows that he has repeatedly posted about Extinction Rebellion and global warming before, during and after both trips.
Ford then attacked the media’s criticism of his travels, saying, “Let’s report on the climate crisis. It’s likely that we’re not going to hit the 95 percent target of 2 degrees global warming — that’s what journalists should focus on, not trying to demonize us people trying to save that possibility.”
Ford, a carpenter and Buddhist from Whittlesford in Cambridgeshire, was identified by The Times last month as one of the XR’s most persistent activists.
He was interviewed by a local newspaper about his activities last month when he told The Cambridge Independent: ‘I don’t feel very comfortable [blocking roads].
“This is really disturbing. I’ve never blocked a road. People are trying to get on with their daily lives and I understand that is the case.
“This is hugely disruptive and no one wants their lives to be disrupted. That’s kind of why we do this. Because if we don’t reduce CO2 emissions, the climate and biodiversity crisis will be the ultimate disruption.
Mr Ford’s van (pictured above on a trip) had 140,000 miles on the clock, making it one of the most polluting vehicles
The eco-protest enjoyed the delights of Canada, but his journey itself contributed to the melting of the ice caps, which he opposes
“Usually while traveling you have to sit in traffic, and this is one of the most valuable reasons to sit in traffic.”
Mail Online told earlier this week how Insulate Britain leader Roger Hallam – who sparked outrage when he said the protests must continue even if they cause death – is a hypocrite with a fleet of old diesel vehicles on his farm in Wales
And earlier this year, we revealed how Extinction Rebellion co-founder Dr. Gail Bradbrook, 49, drives an old diesel car for short journeys instead of using local buses