After 13 tons of CO2 for trips, student activist's next stop? Causing chaos at fuel terminal 

After 13 tons of CO2 for trips, student activist's next stop? Causing chaos at fuel terminal 

50,000 holiday air miles of oil depot eco-warrior: After 13 tons of CO2 for trips including Australia, Bali & Canaries, student activist Hannah Hunt’s next stop? Causing chaos at fuel terminal

  • Hannah Hunt, 23, has racked up tens of thousands of air miles going on holiday
  • Her trips to Bali, Australia and the Canary Islands racked up 49,404 air miles
  • These would have emitted 13 tons of carbon dioxide over the five year period
  • ‘It’s not hypocrisy to change your mind and realise the full horror of what the climate crisis is going to bring,’ said a Just Stop Oil spokesman

The founder of the eco mob behind guerrilla protests on roads and oil depots is a jet-setting sailor who has racked up tens of thousands of air miles.

Just Stop Oil activists have caused chaos across the country, chaining themselves to pipes, climbing on tankers and glueing themselves to roads.

Hundreds of protesters have been arrested in operations costing police forces millions of pounds.

This week the group posted a video of Hannah Hunt, 23, from the rafters of a major oil depot in Grays, Essex, with the caption ‘oil is destroying everything we love’. 

Co-founder of Just Stop Oil, Hannah Hunt, 23, was seen in a video from the rafters of a major oil depot in Grays, Essex

Ms Hunt co-founded Just Stop Oil in February, marching on No 10 to tell Boris Johnson to prevent ‘the ultimate crime against our country, humanity and life on Earth’. Above, a driver drags a Just Stop Oil activist from his oil tanker

Ms Hunt co-founded Just Stop Oil in February, marching on No 10 to tell Boris Johnson to prevent ‘the ultimate crime against our country, humanity and life on Earth’. Above, a driver drags a Just Stop Oil activist from his oil tanker

But the student’s social media shows her enjoying holidays and sailing trips in exotic locations including Bali, Australia and the Canary Islands.

She admitted she ‘impulse flew to the Canaries to escape chilly British weather’, while her Instagram shows her pictured at Perth airport, in Australia. 

If she flew to every destination, she would have clocked up 49,404 air miles over five years and been responsible for the emissions of 13 tons of carbon dioxide. 

The European average – per person – is 8.4 tons in a whole year, according to the My Climate website.

The former Extinction Rebellion supporter even used the trips to bolster her environmental credentials, telling social media followers from Bali: ‘Can we look back in another 50 years and say we did everything to protect our pretty cool planet?’ 

Her social media shows pictures enjoying holidays and sailing trips in exotic locations including Bali, Australia and the Canary Islands

Her social media shows pictures enjoying holidays and sailing trips in exotic locations including Bali, Australia and the Canary Islands

If she flew to every destination, she would have clocked up 49,404 air miles over five years and been responsible for the emissions of 13 tons of carbon dioxide

If she flew to every destination, she would have clocked up 49,404 air miles over five years and been responsible for the emissions of 13 tons of carbon dioxide

It is not known if the activist chose to offset the carbon from her flights, which would cost a total of £379, according to Atmosfair, a non-profit organisation.

She could not be reached for comment, but Just Stop Oil said: ‘It’s not hypocrisy to change your mind and realise the full horror of what the climate crisis is going to bring.’

The student co-founded Just Stop Oil in February, marching on No 10 to tell Boris Johnson to ‘intervene’ to prevent ‘the ultimate crime against our country, humanity and life on Earth’.

She has become a hero among eco-zealot supporters of the group, which formed as a breakaway of Extinction Rebellion.

Last month she glued herself to the red carpet at the Bafta awards, and she has broken into an ExxonMobil oil refinery in Hampshire. 

It is not known if the activist chose to offset the carbon from her flights, which would cost a total of £379, according to non-profit Atmosfair

It is not known if the activist chose to offset the carbon from her flights, which would cost a total of £379, according to non-profit Atmosfair

The Brighton-based activist, from Cumbria, who studies at Sussex University, said after protests she enjoys ‘a weird, dreamy, calm mindset’ she finds empowering.

Her father runs an environmental consultancy firm and her family own a property on the west coast of Scotland, alongside their five-bedroom home near Kendal, Cumbria.

She is one of several middle-class campaigners holding Britain’s motorists to ransom. 

The protests continued yesterday as activists climbed on to lorries at the Grays depot. Dozens were arrested at three oil sites.

Meanwhile, hundreds of Extinction Rebellion supporters blocked four bridges and a major roundabout in central London. 

Environmental activists have bemoaned the impact of air travel, saying individual flights can release more CO2 into the atmosphere than some people generate in a year.

A return economy journey to Bali releases 4.2 tons of carbon dioxide, while a return ticket to Australia would generate 6.1 tons.

Just Stop Oil began daily protests this month, demanding the Government commits to end all new oil and gas projects in the UK. 

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Tom Witherow

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