Climate activists target SUV owners in Chiswick

Image above: Stock image from Flickr of a 4×4 which has had its tyres deflated

The latest climate activist trend – letting down the tyres of SUVs – has come to Chiswick. SUV owners in Homefield Rd got up this morning to find the tyres had been let down on their vehicles and leaflets left on their windscreens with the headline ‘your gas guzzler kills’ from ‘The Tye Extinguishers’.

It was widely reported on Friday that wealthy London neighbourhoods were being targeted, with about 40 residents of Kensington and Chelsea, Dulwich, Primrose Hill and Marylebone experiencing the same thing.

The leaflet left on the cars in Homefield Rd read:

‘You’ll be angry, but don’t take it personally, it’s not you, it’s your car.

‘We did this because driving around urban areas in your massive vehicle has huge consequences for others.

‘Car companies try to convince us we need massive cars. But SUVs and 4x4s are a disaster for our climate. SUVs are the second-largest cause of the global rise in carbon dioxide emissions over the past decade – more than the entire aviation industry.’

Cllr John Todd, who represents Homefield ward, told The Chiswick Calendar:

“This is potentially a very dangerous thing to do and it is not the way to win an argument.”

Image above: Guardian, Friday 4 March

In their coverage of the story on Friday the Guardian noted:

‘The cars are often nicknamed “Chelsea tractors”, since although the vehicles were originally intended to be used on difficult terrain, they have become ubiquitous in well-off urban areas.’

They referenced a recent study which found `1three-quarters of the 360,000 SUVs sold in 2019 in the UK were bought by people living in towns and cities, and the royal borough of Kensington and Chelsea is in the top three districts for the sale of large SUVs.

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