SHE IS one of the Extinction Rebellion mob that has disrupted the lives of thousands of hard-working Britons – and insists everything is needed for the cause.
Laura Amherst, 31, from Brighton, joined the group, known as XR, earlier this year and since then has gone topless to “draw attention to the threat of climate change”.
But her protests have been criticized by people online who claim she “seeks attention,” “wants to be an influencer,” and told her to put on her clothes.
The mother-of-one told The Sun, “Recently I was ashamed, people said, ‘You have so many rolls on your body that I don’t want to have to see this.’
“Others called me ‘disgusting’ and someone even said ‘I’ll go vegan if you let me drive them in a motorboat.’
“They love to tear me up because I have fake tits and say, ‘Oh, she must be a horrible person looking for attention’, but they got it all wrong.”
Someone said “I’ll go vegan if you let me power them up!” “
Photographs of Laura’s topless displays went viral as she joined XR activities designed to cripple London. ever since the group traveled to London – and even caught the attention of Piers Morgan.
The former Good Morning Britain host joked about the writing on her chest, which read ‘Wake Up’, being an ‘unexpected publicity’ for her book of the same name.
But Laura insisted that she wasn’t purposely seeking attention. She said, “I get the attention because unfortunately our society loves women with blonde hair, who are pretty, and who have big breasts.
“People say, ‘Oh, she sticks her ass out, that Barbie girl must be desperate to be an influencer,’ but that’s not my hope at all.”
Blockages, delays & fury
The activities of Extinction Rebellion have caused misery and disruption throughout the country. Motorists across London Bridge were furious last month when a blockade caused hours of delay.
Today, Insulate Britain climate activists – who are demanding that the government provide better insulation for homes to reduce emissions – hit the M25 for the second time this week.
The actions, including some protesters sticking to the railings and others causing blockages near crossroads, have paralyzed traffic.
The Telegraph reported that a car crash near Exit 23 in Hertfordshire was blamed on the group and a woman in her 50s had to be airlifted to hospital.
You don’t see the big picture or how catastrophic it’s going to be
Despite the disruptive action of the protesters, Laura maintains that it needs to be done to force the government to act faster on climate change.
She said, “I support civil disobedience, no matter how it is done, we are not horrible people, we are compassionate and truly caring.
“Whether it’s stopping traffic on the M25 or demonstrations in London, it is nothing compared to the catastrophe our nation will face if we and our government do nothing.
“If you see us as the problem, when we’re just trying to warn people and ask government and individuals to act… you don’t see the big picture or how dire it is going to be.
“We really don’t want to do this, but it’s a drop in the ocean compared to the threats that are happening right now and are going to happen.”
I’m not rich, I was homeless
Laura first became involved with Extinction Rebellion (XR) earlier this year and claims that XR activists are “misunderstood” and not all “hippies with dreadlocks that won’t wash.”
The political student, who studies at the Open University, claims that she has also been the victim of these misconceptions.
Laura said: “I am not rich or middle class, I have been homeless in the past and I have been through a lot of difficult situations.
Yes i have fake boobs but i did it almost 11 years ago and if i could
“I’m a minimalist, I don’t have a lot of clothes or jewelry. The most expensive things I own are my laptop and my car.
“Yes I have fake breasts, but I did it almost 11 years ago and if I could afford it I would take them out and buy biodegradable ones.
“I’ve always been a geek, I’m painfully calm and a clumsy person despite showing my boobs to the world.”
Laura, who quit eating meat six years ago, first showed off her fake breasts during the “Free the Nipple” march against unrealistic beauty standards.
And despite her shame, she is determined to continue her naked protests.
On Monday, she went on a weeklong hunger strike to highlight food shortages caused by climate change that others are experiencing.
Laura adds, “I’m ready to feel a little bit what people around the world are going through right now when giving up food and I want to show how serious the climate crisis is.
“This is a desperate call to encourage the government and others to take action – not to promote eating disorders or harm anyone.”
“I hope my daughter is proud”
Laura’s motivation is her daughter – whom she asked us not to identify – whose future she fears after heightened warnings about climate change.
She says, “I hope my daughter is proud of the efforts I made as I got older.
“I want to give her a happy and carefree childhood and I am deeply concerned about the way life will be for her.
“I don’t have a lot of money and if our house was affected by climate change we couldn’t afford another one.”
Laura says her three-year-old boyfriend Leon Harris is extremely supportive of her decision to go topless as well.
It’s almost too late now and we have to make some very drastic decisions
Despite the continued disruption caused by the climate change protesters, Laura remains in support of their actions.
She says, “We don’t like to disrupt people’s lives and I understand that people are just trying to put food on the table but our government is not doing enough.
“It is almost too late now and we have to make some very drastic decisions to cool the planet enough so that we are in a safe zone.”