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Bristol Unpacked with local GP Patrick Hart, fresh from court for sabotaging a petrol station with Just Stop Oil

‘A deranged criminal eco-terrorist cult’ or canaries in the climate coal mine?

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Neil Maggs

Just Stop Oil protestors have been disrupting business as usual since April 2022. A Daily Mail columnist called them “a deranged criminal eco-terrorist cult”.

But who are the people behind the headlines? For this week’s Bristol Unpacked Neil Maggs sits down with Dr Patrick Hart, a local GP who has been putting his career and liberty on the line through direct action protests, including the smashing and spray painting of a petrol station.

Hart believes we have run out of time for purely legal ways of pulling the world back from what the UN has called “the brink of climate catastrophe”.

But are the tactics used by Just Stop Oil effective? Are protestors losing public sympathy? Does that matter? Listen in for a conversation far and away from the soundbites of Good Morning Britain.

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  • Patrick ‘believes’. 🙄
    It’s not about belief. Its about science.
    It’s happening now. In the UK & all over the world. Its not about belief or opinion.


  • Patrick is very brave. We must all challenge ourselves to face up to the climate crisis and take action to demand that the government takes this seriously. You can find out about Extinction Rebellion by coming to one of our weekly meetings on a Tuesday evening from 7 .00 at Cotham Parish Church, Bristol.


  • james robert bennett

    If Patrick Hart is so sincere then why can you not see a gp doctor face to face.


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