The climate group are said to have popped more than 3,000 tyres since March
A group of climate activists self-styled as the ‘Tyre Extinguishers’ are looking to “strike fear” into the owners of 4x4s, SUVs and other gas-guzzling vehicles in their efforts to combat carbon emissions and global warming.
The organisation, which dates back to July 2021 (at least according to their Twitter bio), have already vandalised cars across London, Brighton, Manchester and Liverpool; Edinburgh, Sheffield, Cambridge and more.
"If I buy an SUV will it be vandalised by climate protesters?"
Yes. Yes it will.
The @Telegraph tells its readers not to buy SUVs in case we target them.
Our campaign is working. We will make it impossible to own an SUV in the world's urban areas. But only if you join in! pic.twitter.com/IfYnJ2I1rB
— The Tyre Extinguishers (@T_Extinguishers) April 4, 2022
Speaking to Sky News, the group declared that they have no intention of slowing down and insist their movement is growing fast. Following a recent interview with the Daily Express, they estimate that they have let down more than 3,000 tyres since March 2022.
Claiming that there is no reason for SUVs to be owned and operated in urban areas and central city districts like Wandsworth in London – where 28 per cent of all cars are said to be diesel (the highest proportion among the Inner London boroughs) – they regularly go out deflating tyres across the UK.
As you can see in the post below, not only do volunteers provide instructions for others on how to deflate a tyre but they also leave notes explaining their reasoning to the drivers they target.
A whopping 250 SUVs disarmed last night in Brighton & Hove! Our campaign is escalating fast.
You can join in where you are by following the instructions online: https://t.co/vUJz3H7k32
Together, we will make it impossible to own a polluting death machine in the world's cities. pic.twitter.com/nws3SGkXhp
— The Tyre Extinguishers (@T_Extinguishers) May 10, 2022
The group’s spokesperson told the outlet that they intend to keep carrying out their acts on “anyone who drives a huge polluting SUV in a UK city”, adding that “there comes a point where asking politely and protesting has stopped working… it’s time for action, to sabotage the machines that are killing us.”
Local police authorities have warned that the behaviour will not be tolerated and while many may agree with the underlying cause the Tyre Extinguishers are fighting for, plenty do not agree with their methods.
Aside from causing damage to property and the environmental impact of requiring motorists to replace their rubber tyres (which are manufactured using oil), others are calling it “hugely irresponsible”.
One victim speaking to Sky detailed how she had to use two different vehicles, not to mention pointing out that, “worst-case scenario, someone could have a really bad health condition or be on their way to meet someone who is dying”.
This harks back to the Insulate Britain protests carried out in 2021 and into 2022; one instance saw a woman suffer a stroke after her son was unable to get her to the hospital in time due to protests on the M25.
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