Roger Hallam (activist)
Hallam was previously an organic farmer in Wales; he attributes the destruction of his business to a series of extreme weather events.
In January 2017, in an action to urge King's College London to divest from fossil fuels, Hallam and another person, using water-soluble chalk-based spray paint, painted "Divest from oil and gas", "Now!" and "Out of time" on the university's Strand campus entrance. They were arrested in February when they again spray painted the university's Great Hall, charged by the state with criminal damage and fined £500. In May 2019, after a three day trial at Southwark Crown Court, they were cleared by a jury of all charges, having argued in their defence that their actions were a proportionate response to the climate crisis. In March 2017, Hallam went on hunger strike to demand the university divest from fossil fuels—the institution had millions of pounds invested in fossil fuels but no investment in renewable energy. Five weeks after the first protest, the university removed £14m worth of investments from fossil fuel companies and pledged to become carbon neutral by 2025.
Later in 2017, Hallam was a leading member of activist group Stop Killing Londoners an anti-pollution campaign of mass civil disobedience that they hoped would result in the arrest and imprisonment of activists. Hallam with Stuart Basden and two others were prosecuted and some pledged to go on hunger strike if imprisoned.
Hallam is a co-founder of Extinction Rebellion, with Gail Bradbrook and Simon Bramwell. He stood unsuccessfully in the 2019 European Parliament election in the London constituency as an independent, winning 924 of the 2,241,681 votes cast (0.04%).
Hallam and four other activists were pre-emptively arrested on 12 September 2019, the day before a planned action to pilot drones in the exclusion zone around Heathrow Airport in order to disrupt flights. Three days later, in an action organised by Heathrow Pause, Hallam was arrested in the vicinity of Heathrow Airport apparently in breach of bail conditions from the previous arrest requiring him to not to be within five miles of any airport or possess drone equipment. He was remanded in custody until 14 October.
Publications with contributions by Hallam
- This Is Not a Drill: An Extinction Rebellion Handbook. London: Penguin, 2019. ISBN 9780141991443. Hallam contributes the short essay "The Civil Resistance Model".
- Common Sense for the 21st Century. April 2019. The action plan for the nonviolent rebellion.
- "Roger HALLAM – Personal Appointments (free information from Companies House)". beta.companieshouse.gov.uk. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
- Environment Editor, Jonathan Leake (25 November 2018). "Meet Dr Demo, the activist behind the road-block radicals". The Sunday Times. ISSN 0956-1382. Retrieved 30 June 2019 – via www.thetimes.co.uk.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
- Albery, Nicholas (1992). The Book of Visions: An Encyclopaedia of Social Innovations. Virgin. ISBN 9780863696015. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
- "Extinction Rebellion founder cleared of vandalism by jury after arguing climate change justification". The Independent. 10 May 2019. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
- Laville, Sandra; agencies (9 May 2019). "Extinction Rebellion founder cleared over King's College protest". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 30 June 2019 – via www.theguardian.com.
- Nye, Catrin (10 April 2019). "The climate protesters who want to get arrested". Retrieved 30 June 2019 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
- Humphries, Will (8 May 2019). "Eco protesters 'caused £7,000 damage to walls at King's College London'". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 30 June 2019 – via www.thetimes.co.uk.
- "A university student is on hunger strike to force action on climate change – and it's working". The Independent. 5 March 2017. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
- Humphries, Will (10 May 2019). "Jury clears spray-paint activists from Extinction Rebellion". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 30 June 2019 – via www.thetimes.co.uk.
- Taylor, Matthew (27 December 2017). "'We don't have time to wait and see': air pollution protesters resort to direct action". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
“Evidence from history shows that when faced with a system in crisis and an issue which is killing so many people, it requires people to make a stand and challenge the status quo … to make room for the politicians to move into.” Hallam, who is a researcher into political campaigning at Kings College and also runs an organic farm in Wales, says the campaign represents “a big shift in direct action protests of the last 30 years.” “The idea previously is you do something, try and get some publicity and try and not get arrested or sent to prison. But we are going back to a sort of Gandhian philosophy where you court the idea of getting arrested and going to prison because that embarrasses the opposition.”
- "Anti-Pollution Activists Shut Down Busy London Road During Rush Hour". HuffPost UK. 1 November 2017. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
- Whipple, Tom (1 January 2018). "Clean-air activists hope to be jailed for protests". The Times. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
"People are dying. That’s quite a big deal" said Roger Hallam
- Carrington, Damian; Taylor, Matthew (7 November 2017). "UK government sued for third time over deadly air pollution". The Guardian.
fouractivists are from the environmental group Stop Killing Londoners, which has been stepping up its campaign calling on the government and the mayor of London to do more to tackle air pollution. Camberwell magistrates court heard on Tuesday that the group had spray-painted “Cut Air Pollution” on City Hall on Monday night before sitting down and waiting to be arrested for criminal damage. Roger Hallam, 51, Stuart Basden, 34, Ian Bray, 50, and Genny Scherer, 71, were under strict bail conditions not to go within 50m of the building after they graffitied it earlier this week. The four all deny criminal damage. In a statement released after the hearing, the group said at least two of those imprisoned would go on hunger strike while being held on remand.
- Taylor, Matthew (26 October 2018). "'We have a duty to act': hundreds ready to go to jail over climate crisis". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 30 June 2019 – via www.theguardian.com.
- Goddard, Emily; Clifton, Jamie; Sturrock, Alex (20 February 2019). "Extinction Rebellion Is Telling the Terrifying Truth About Climate Change". Vice. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
- "European Election 2019: UK results in maps and charts | BBC News". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
- Sackur, Stephen (15 August 2019). BBC Hardtalk: interview with Roger Hallam — Co-founder, Extinction Rebellion. London, United Kingdom: BBC. Retrieved 8 September 2019. Video 24:37. (Available on Youtube).
- Gayle, Damien (12 September 2019). "Heathrow third runway activists arrested before drone protest". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 12 September 2019 – via www.theguardian.com.
- "Extinction Rebellion co-founder arrested at Heathrow protest". The Guardian. PA Media. 14 September 2019. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
Despite the minimal disruption, Heathrow Pause said it is happy about the “conversation” triggered by its action.
- Sharman, Jon (16 September 2019). "Extinction Rebellion co-founder charged over Heathrow drone plot - 'Airport expansion constitutes a crime against humanity,' says Roger Hallam". The Independent. Retrieved 17 September 2019.
Asked if he would like to add anything, he said: “Heathrow expansion constitutes a crime against humanity, against the next generation.”