Posted by Richard Willett - Memes and headline comments by David Icke Posted on 19 November 2022

Eco-zealot, 29, who brought the M25 to a standstill was working as a systems engineer for gas-guzzling car manufacturer Rolls-Royce weeks before Just Stop Oil protest

An eco-zealot who helped paralyse the M25 was working for super-polluter Rolls Royce just weeks before the protest, MailOnline can reveal.

Tom Gardener, 29, was a systems engineer working for the company which, by its own admission, accounted for 0.6 per cent of worldwide man-made carbon emissions in 2019.

He was based at their Raynesway plant in Derby which builds nuclear reactors for Britain’s Royal Navy.

According to a former colleague, he resigned from his position – which offers average salaries of £44,461 – at the end of the summer.

‘He had made his position clear as regards the importance of the environment and decided that he could no longer go on doing what he had done for several years,’ said a source. ‘He was not in any trouble at work. They were sorry to lose him.’

Now he, along with 57 others, have been charged with causing a public nuisance after climbing on to a gantry of the M25 as part of the Just Stop Oil protests.

Mr Gardener, who lives with his girlfriend in Stapleford, Nottingham, appeared at Reading Magistrates’ Court last Friday.

He comes from Hertfordshire and it is understood that he moved to the Midlands after graduating from the University of Sheffield where he studied aerospace.

Just before his arrest, he had told reporters that he was part of the group Animal Rebellion that had joined forces with Just Stop Oil to highlight the climate crisis.

From the gantry, he said: ‘’We continue to see absolute neglect and lack of leadership from those who hold power in this country.

‘Rishi Sunak, Suella Braverman, and the rest of the Government, people across this country are calling on you to do what is right and halt all new oil and gas licenses and invest in renewables and a plant-based future.’

On his Instagram, he describes himself as a ‘vegan, engineer, kayaker and ice hockey fan’.

Pictures of him wearing a hard yellow hat as he hung over the M25, stunned his neighbours, over 150 miles away.

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