A CHARITY boss, a Buddhist teacher and a new age wedding celebrant are among the nude protesters who stormed the House of Commons.
The eco-activists sparked chaos in the chamber last night after gluing themselves to the glass wearing just their pants – to protest against climate change.
One of the 12 frog-marched out of Parliament by cops was Oliver Baines, 68, the former CEO of the Cornwall Rural Community Charity.
Mr Baines, from St Austell in Cornwall, was head of the organisation, which helps rural groups in the South West, until he left in 2005.
NEW AGE WEDDING CELEBRANT
Isla Macleod, from Bruton, Somerset, also bared all to take a stand for eco values, reports the MailOnline.
Ms Macleod, 34, describes herself as a “celebrant” and a “facilitator of journeys” on her website.
Pictures show various new age ceremonies being held in woodlands and fields including weddings, naming celebrations and ‘Women’s rites’.
Her website states: “With my grounding in Buddhist practices, training in Shamanic healing and ongoing exploration of the feminine mysteries and Celtic mythology I am able to draw on various strands for inspiration and hold ceremonies in a deep and powerful way, working on all levels, seen and unseen.”
‘WE’RE LIKE SUFFRAGETTES!’
While ex-teacher William Cooke, 36, from Bristol, said he didn’t care about being arrested for the naked protest because it would not affect his job.
Mr Cooke compared the group’s struggle as similar to that of the suffragettes and civil rights campaigner Rosa Parks.
Mark Ovland, a 36-year-old Buddist teacher from Devon, said the group were forced to strip off to ensure that climate change would be taken seriously.
We are impelled to act in this way because the most important and pressing issue of our time is being flagrantly and recklessly ignored by our government and media.
He said: “We are impelled to act in this way because the most important and pressing issue of our time is being flagrantly and recklessly ignored by our government and media.
“By undressing in parliament, we are putting ourselves in an incredibly vulnerable position, highlighting the vulnerability that all of us share in the face of environmental and societal breakdown.
“There is an elephant in the room and it is demanding attention.”
English literature student Savannah May and 48-year-old counseller Bell Sekie were also among those willing to throw off their clothes.
While Iggy Fox, 24, a wildlife biologist from London, was taking photos for the group with Swedish blogger, Eveline Utterdahl.
Ms Fox said: “I want a future, and right now they are burning it like there’s no tomorrow.
“I won’t stop causing disruption until the government does its duty to protect the people from disaster.”
All of the protesters were from an organisation called Extinction Rebellion, which describes itself as a non-violent direct action and civil disobedience group.
Speaking after the protest Ms Utterdahl said: “The reaction from people in the public was amazing. They were laughing and cheering it on. I heard people say “Good for them” and “This is incredible”.
The Metropolitan Police later confirmed 12 people had been arrested for “outraging public decency”.
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