Jailed Insulate Britain eco-zealot who is on hunger strike in prison releases defiant video boasting about how she has ‘stepped up’ and ‘had to do what was necessary’

An Insulate Britain eco-warrior who went on hunger strike in protest at being jailed for taking part in protests that brought Britian’s motorways to a standstill has urged more eco-zealots to step up and continue the group’s extreme campaign.

Emma Smart, 44, – who will be housed in Europe’s largest women’s prison which is home to murderers and child rapists – was handed a four-month sentence for taking part in a protest on the M25 on October 8.

In a video shared by Insulate Britain online, a short recording of Smart, believed to have been taken before she was sent to HMP Bronzefield in Ashford, Surrey, can be seen in which she defends her actions and called for more civil disobedience.

Smart, an ecologist by trade, said: ‘It was quite an extreme campaign, you know, going onto the motorway but we’re in an extreme situation and I felt I had to do what was necessary.

‘I stepped up, we all need to step up. Non-violent civil disobedience is the only way we’re going to enact change.

‘We don’t need nine of us, or 20 of us in prison, we all need to put our liberty on the line because we are facing losing everything.’

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