Extinction Rebellion co-founder reveals she was inspired to begin the climate change protest movement after taking ‘psychedelic medicines’

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Extinction Rebellion co-founder reveals she was inspired to begin the climate change protest movement after taking ‘psychedelic medicines’ as group shuts down central Manchester

  • Gail Bradbrook, 47, said she ‘prayed in a deep way’ while taking substances
  • She told BBC Inside Out West that her prayer was answered within a month
  • Protests have since caused road and commuter chaos around the country
  • Latest disruption brought to Deansgate area of Manchester on Friday

By Harry Howard For Mailonline

Published: 08:05 EDT, 1 September 2019 | Updated: 08:14 EDT, 1 September 2019

One of the co-founders of Extinction Rebellion has revealed she began the movement after taking ‘psychedelic medicines’ – just days following the shutdown of central Manchester by climate protesters.

Gail Bradbrook, 47, a molecular biologist, said she ‘prayed in a deep way’ while taking the substances on a retreat.

She told a BBC Inside Out West documentary that her prayer was answered within a month, with Extinction Rebellion formed last year.

Since then, protests in London and around the country have caused chaos, with a week of protests in July causing widespread disruption in the capital and the latest protest in Manchester on Friday bringing misery to drivers. 

Gail Bradbrook, one of the co-founders of Extinction Rebellion, has revealed she began the movement after taking 'psychedelic medicines' - just days after climate protesters shut down central Manchester

Gail Bradbrook, one of the co-founders of Extinction Rebellion, has revealed she began the movement after taking ‘psychedelic medicines’ – just days after climate protesters shut down central Manchester

Ms Bradbrook said: ‘I’ve always been interested in how things change, in social change,’ she told the documentary.

‘I was involved in the animal rights movement as a young woman, I’ve been involved in thinking about gender and issues around racism and so on.

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Ms Bradbrook, a molecular biologist, said she ‘prayed in a deep way’ while taking the substances on a retreat. She told a BBC Inside Out West documentary that her prayer was answered within a month, with Extinction Rebellion formed last year

‘It was a really intense experience and I actually prayed for what I called the codes for social change, I thought there must be something I don’t understand, and within a month my prayer was literally answered.’

Extinction Rebellion began in Stroud, Gloucestershire, with large protests spreading quickly across the UK.

Dr Bradbrook described how it started with around 12 people in her house but went global within a year.

‘We know we’ve got about 100,000 people on the database in the UK and we reach about a million people with the social media,’ she said.

‘We’ve got 130 groups across the UK. We’re in 59 countries and it’s growing all the time.’

Since the group was formed last year protests around the country have caused chaos, with a week of protests in July causing widespread disruption in the capital and the latest protest in Manchester on Friday (pictured) bringing misery to drivers

Since the group was formed last year protests around the country have caused chaos, with a week of protests in July causing widespread disruption in the capital and the latest protest in Manchester on Friday (pictured) bringing misery to drivers

The movement has three demands for the UK Government: to declare a climate and ecological emergency; to act to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025; and to create and be led by the decisions of a citizens’ assembly on climate and ecological justice.

During the documentary, cameras were allowed into an Extinction Rebellion meeting in Stroud.

A number of those taking part in the meeting are seen holding each other and crying.

Simon Bramwell, another co-founder, told the BBC: ‘Depending on the group, we’ll have prayers. We have a lot of Christians and Quakers involved in Extinction Rebellion.

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99 thoughts on “Extinction Rebellion co-founder reveals she was inspired to begin the climate change protest movement after taking ‘psychedelic medicines’

    • I always suspected that this type of protest group was inspired by crazy people for crazy people – this admission supports that premise. Is it unreasonable to now require they prove they are NOT crazy?

      • 100,000 is not even 1% of the UK electorate, but that means the Government must pay attention to them?

        [SNIP. Let’s not open the door to this type of discussion. -mod]

    • May I point out, that while Stroud is ground zero for eco-dingbats in the UK, not everyone who lives there is quite so deluded. I’ve lived in Stroud for over forty years and consider myself reasonably sane.

      • Bloke down the pub: “I’ve lived in Stroud for over forty years and consider myself reasonably sane.”

        We’ll be by to verify that last bit, Bloke. Please have a note from your psychiatrist ready ;o)

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        You sound like you’re in the heart of hostile territory. If anyone suggests ‘camping’ or ‘camp’ run! Run like the wind! They’ve spotted you as a wrong thinker.

        • The view from my front window includes Rodborough Fort, which is now owned by Dale Vince the owner of Ecotricity. So, yes, I do feel a bit surrounded.

    • This is serious delusion that borders on “Kindness-that-kills”. As self-proclaimed do-gooders negatively disrupt the lives of others this will only get worse.
      What will it be next? emergency ambulance services that get blocked? fire brigade? police? or merely some poor unfortunate who cannot attend a medical appointment and suffers ill-health due to the delay?

  1. We’ve got a group of them in our town. They harass us at a stop-light to take a paper fact-sheet from them — “Don’t you care if your grandchildren live???!!”. Me — I could only think the tree that had died to make that paper… sniff.

  2. If these idiots could only understand that the only impending existential threat civilization faces is if they get their way and something like the new green deal gets implemented.

  3. Never mind psychedelic substances. For those that know the recipes, the Social Media is an excellent means to dispense Magic Mushrooms.

  4. I took psychedelic substances and realised that politics and the media was just a muppet show and we were all being lied to.
    At the time I dismissed it as a paranoid fantasy.
    50 years later I realised it was true.

    • In those days psychedelics were eye opening substances. They helped to see things what they are, not what they seem to be. They activated BS – detectors very sensitive way to not believe anything before very deep thinking. They were gate to skepticism. Good stuff.

      Today, substances what she took should be labeled as psykodelic substances. She didn´t come back to this planet.

  5. And I necessarily conclude that the continuing actions of Gail Bradbrook with her Extinction Rebellion are the permanent effects of having once taken those mind-altering drugs.

    “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.” — slogan originated by Arthur Fletcher, former head of the UNCF

  6. Further confirmation that dingbatitis is fuelled by drugs.

    All government buildings, particularly the UN, should have their wastewater sampled for drugs in order to assess the extent of addiction and what specific drugs have the greatest impact on the malady.

  7. What that article doesn’t say is Ms Bradbrook’s “retreat” was in Costa Rica where she jetted off to find herself and smoked some local hallucination invoking leaves, jetted home again following her spiritual awakening and dumped her husband and two children.

  8. “One pill makes you smaller, the other makes you tall…And the ones that mother gives you don’t do anything at all. Just ask Alice/Gail…..”

  9. Hmm… I have been using psilocybin mushrooms to get over my depression, and I think they work very well for that (if done wisely) . Anyways, I feel that they could be one main reason that I started to question the mainstream climate change discourse. They are powerful tools for break all kind of learned mindsets and social programming.

    • How does one decide the dosage? I can imagine that some mushrooms and parts are more concentrated than others. I assume that they are dried to a fairly consistent level.

    • Psylocybin should only be used under a guidance of a good shaman (the guy who supplies the wisdom). I wonder if Dr. Bradbrook improvised.

    • Khellstr
      Have you heard of the placebo effect? Without a double-blind study, how can you be sure that you aren’t curing your depression yourself?

    • They didn’t do much for your comprehension of syntax, but that aside: self-medicating for mental illness with psychedelics is risky and dumb, to say nothing of juvenile. The back alleys and mental hospitals of the western world are full of people like you. No congratulations from this quarter, no matter what you claim about your depression at present.

    • A “depression” must not always be: a depression.

      Sometimes it’s just a natural, healthy reaction to the situation you’re in.

  10. The source of this story is questionable. Is the poster absolutely sure the National Lampoon has not started a comeback, or that it might come from a deliberate hoax? When we were doing psychedelics in the 1970’s, we warned each other that that batch of Windowpane made people paranoid. It was so ’60s to think chemicals made you profound, rather than effed up.

  11. Goodness me, net zero green house gases by 2025.. who will transport their food from Europe or the rest of the world, how will people get to work, how will the ambulance or police serve work? What if the fire brigade is needed? You can just say “Stop” with out giving another viable solution to our transport needs! The british trains and buses are packed solid in the mornings and evenings, if everybody gave up their cars and vans, nobody would be able to get to work or get home in the evening.

    • “….if everybody gave up their cars and vans, nobody would be able to get to work or get home in the evening.”

      Most Green activists are unemployed or living off trust funds. They don’t need public transport as they don’t go to work every day.

      • That’s just silly, Graeme. Everyone knows that Tom Steyer and George Soros sends Hummer limos for them. Then get out one block over and walk the rest of the way, so as not to seem hypocrites.

  12. Zen Buddhists work on puzzles called koans. The idea of a koan is that it defeats logical reasoning. In the process a practitioner is likely to experience something like an epiphany. What she does then is trot over to her roshi who will explain to her why her supposed epiphany is wrong. So, that leads me to believe that the vast majority of people’s epiphanies are wrong. The trouble is that they will strongly be convinced that they have discovered the wisdom of the ages. That can cause them to do really stupid stuff.

    I bet a buck that’s what happened to Ms. Bradbrook.

  13. “Seek and you will find. Ask and you shall receive. Knock and the door who’ll be opened.”

    This is a very powerful bit of scripture, but it should come with an important disclaimer: Be careful what you ask for. She prayed for change, but with little idea of what would be better! Our prayers, like our actions, often have unintended consequences.

    • No. prayers only make the person praying feel better about themselves. If a prayer “comes true” it’s simply confirmation bias, since the prayor ignores all the prayers that weren’t “answered”. Like going to a “psychic” and being amazed at the hits, while ignoring the misses.

    • James
      To non believers your quote is just simple common sense.
      From my experience, generally most religions close the mind and physcadellics open the mind until one takes too many and starts to burn it up.

      The most widely used social drug in use is alcohol, and is the primary pathway to heroin use.
      Regards

  14. First it was the WTO protests, then Occupy Wall Street, followed by Black Lives Matter, and the Women’s March. Now we get Extinction Rebellion. Same cast of characters. Same billionaire funders. Different banners.

    • This group doesn’t wear the black masks, though some would be doing us a favor by doing so, and they don’t appear to be too violent. They just want to prevent people from going about their business, visiting a dying parent, etc.

  15. Another article recycled from the British tabloids. (*sigh*)
    Another Hysteria clickbait article from the Out-There fringe.
    Another Climate Alarm / Climate Panic article.

    Meanwhile:
    The largest weather and climate story of the year has been going for several days now.
    Not a word about it here. You would not even know it is going on.

    • A hurricane is nothing new, a same strength storm hit the florida area in 1936 or 1937, before that florida wasn’t as populated, so records are not so good. Taking in to consideration that the north/south flip is happening, as true north is over siberia right now, plus the earths magnetic field is really weak, add the weather from the south atlantic alimony and you have “climate change”… To put the weather change down to only CO2 is wrong… Plus if it was true about CO2, then why isn’t the world governments doing anything about it? The ultra rich nd politicians would have pulled some strings and found a solution for finding a replacement fuel for all our transport needs. Yet they have done nothing but tax all of us, the same tax money which has saved nobody… Also obama the “sea is rising” spokes man, has just bought a sea front house in marthas vin yard….

  16. “The largest weather and climate story of the year has been going for several days now.
    Not a word about it here. You would not even know it is going on.”

    What’s that? A hurricane hitting Florida? Gee, that’s never happened before.

    • Humans cannot control the formation or dissipation of clouds.

      Humans cannot make it rain when they desire to end a drought.

      Humans cannot make it snow from the atmosphere when that’s needed at ski resorts.

      Humans cannot control the timing or paths of tornadoes or lightning storms.

      Humans cannot accurately predict the path of hurricanes more the 48 hours into the future.

      Humans cannot accurately and consistently (i.e., within a scatter-range better than 3:1) predict future “global warming.”

      Yet certain humans have the hubris to call for all humans to fight climate change.

      Go figure.

      • Humans cannot control the formation or dissipation of clouds.

        Never saw a power plant cooling tower in operation.

        Humans cannot make it rain when they desire to end a drought.

        Never saw an agricultural scale irrigation system.

        Humans cannot make it snow from the atmosphere when that’s needed at ski resorts.

        Never enjoyed a day on the slopes. {Hmmm…. I wonder what those strange “gun” things do?}

        • 1. Clouds, as the term is commonly used in climate science, are distinctly different from steam exhaust plumes . . . and even so I’m sure that humans do not control the directions or dissipations of any cooling tower steam plumes. Maybe I’ve been misinformed.

          2. Rain, as the term is commonly used in climate science, is distinctly different from water irrigation of crops. Again, maybe I’ve been misinformed . . . if so, please cite one single case where the use of irrigation changed the CLIMATE or WEATHER that was causing drought conditions over a large geographical area.

          3. Those strange “gun” things at ski resorts shoot water into cold air, whereupon it rapidly freezes into tiny ice pellets (aka “man-made snow”). Trust me, the character of that stuff—even though one can ski upon it—does not have the physical characteristics, nor beautiful delicate hexagonal symmetry of natural snow crystals. By the way, I was specific to call out “snow from the air” so that thinking people would not even consider “snow making equipment” . . . but I obviously was too optimistic in using that phrasing to cover all WUWT comment readers.

          Why did you stop at only three?

        • TonyL
          None of your examples line up with his statements.
          None of your examples take place in the atmosphere at the level he was concerned with.
          Irrigation is not rain.
          Ski slope man-made snow is not snow from the sky.
          Cooling tower plume is not clouds in the sky.
          You thought you were being smart, but instead you were just being a smart-..s.
          I met a lot like you when I was in college.

  17. “….The movement has three demands for the UK Government: to declare a climate and ecological emergency; to act to halt biodiversity loss…..”

    Well then they should be opposing all those wind turbines in the U.K. Certainly they should realize that those contraptions are killing the avian portion of that biodiversity that they care so much about, shouldn’t they? But when one of your founding leaders does psychedelic drugs, realizing this may be beyond their intellectual capacity.

  18. Willis is living proof one can recover from the insanity of psychedelics… there may be hope for Ms Bradbrrok.

    First though, the 47 yr old molecular biologist needs to see a MD about that thing growing out of her right nostril.

    • And as for MD, I’m not talking an ENT specialist, but a psychiatrist.
      Clearly she has serious emotional stability issues… BPD etc.

    • That is a simple nose ring. You simply snap on the leash when it is time to lead them back into the house. Many have one in the nose or ear or both, these days. Quite convenient.
      As you may know, nose rings have been used with farm animals for a very long time.

  19. On the subject of supernatural revelation from God…

    As an engineer that has studied control theory, I can see that the long term climate is stable and feedbacks have to be reasonably bound as fact dictated by common sense. As a result I have been skeptical and have been following every post on this blog for years, mainly to keep up with the craziness of it all.

    I have a friend, who didn’t believe me, particularly since I was “only reading one website”. They expressed this opinion, with no study or further academic study for many years.

    One morning a year ago, my friend came to me and reported that Jesus/God had told them the following three things. (Not in these exact words) 1) That there was no such thing as man made climate change. 2) that it was invented by political forces, 3) the reason being that it provides an excuse not to be compassionate and help the poor.

    That was the gist of it.

  20. It would seem that those in Extinction Rebellion are still taking their psychedelic medicines as they call them, because they all appear to have lost their tiny little minds.

  21. It looks like the psychedelic experience was only the icing on the cake for somebody already deeply involved in extremist environmentalism and “social justice”.

  22. TonyL, this thread is not about the Florida Keys, Nassau / Bahama or the Carolina’s.

    That thread is about London falling.
    _____________________________________________________

    Not a word about it from you. Do you even know it is going on.

  23. She’s clearly messed up, but to think she has followers- I don’t know where to start with how messed up that is…

  24. In reality, they are a pack of bigots. They are totally intolerant of the views of others. Just try talking reason with any of these delusional fools. They are totally convinced-like a committed religious zealot. I suspect that a more concerted effort on our side to talk reason in to them will find their promise of being non violent to be untrue. As it is, their deliberate acts of restricting the movements of others can be considered as acts of violence.
    Just saying “sorry” is NOT a substitute for being liable for their deliberate infringements upon the rights of others. In reality, it is an admission- they must pay the damages owing to those inconvenienced.
    The worldwide Extinction Rebellions coming up on September 20th will be deliberately impeding upon our freedoms of movement. Perhaps we should extend the courtesy and deliberately block them as they march, see how they like it. If they try to move us by force, have them charged with assault. If they assault us, there goes there “non-violent” status.

  25. Dr. Gail Bradbrook, 47, molecular biologist, is about to discover that praying doesn’t work.

    Yet another STEM-educated person who puts feelings (climate alarm, animal rights, gender, racism) ahead of rational thought.

    The Flight from Science and Reason has reached stampede proportions.

    • Reality is that in every generation, there are questions which cannot be answered using science. The most eternal one is: ‘Does God exist?’

      So if you are an inquisitive person, even trained in science you will find questions that science cannot answer.

      So either you accept the question is unanswerable or you decide to follow your feelings.

      The problem with climate cults is that they reject science which can answer certain questions because the answer is one they cannot handle.

  26. The irony of the substance abuse. What started as “Lucy in the sky with diamonds”, ended up as Gail on the bitumen, demanding an end to carbon.

  27. its a pity I dont live where they plan to protest..I could “accidentally” lose a load of the local famers pigpoop right where theyre glued..and see just how committed they really are;-)

  28. Gail Bradbrooke is something of a fraud and it is likely she is getting the soft approach from the Government because they need her help to push the agenda. Similar to suing the EPA to get the legislation they themselves wanted to introduce but couldn’t get through.

    https://nowhere.news/index.php/author/un-extinction/
    https://nowhere.news/index.php/2019/04/01/dr-gail-marie-bradbrook-compassionate-revolutionary-for-hire/
    “The fact of the matter is, Dr Gail Bradbrook is one of the UK State’s go-to ‘experts’, chosen to give (the right kind of) evidence at various parliamentary hearings and committees (which we’ll get to). Her job also has her attending high-level private sector meetings where she frequently rubs shoulders with telecommunications oligarchs, international business moguls and the whole autocratic circular-jerkular of highly politicised ‘scientists’ and other ‘experts’ who are invariably presented to us in the media as impartial and unbiased, but who (in reality) float like a layer of congealed scum on the surface of the EU and UN gravy-boat.

    Before she was engaged in (pre-approved) rabble rousing, or pretending to glue herself to the Department of Energy Headquarters, Gail was more likely to be found attending meetings held under Chatham House Rules, sat alongside people like Anthony Walker, former communications officer for the American Chamber of Commerce, who previously worked for the European Commission’s PR firm Rowland Company (owned by Saatchi & Saatchi).

    Gail Bradbrook has spent the past 18 years on the pay-roll of charities, NGOs and political ‘think-tanks’ (like the Blairite/New Labour IPPR), being funded by J. P. Morgan Chase (which happens to be the UN’s bank), BT, Shell, Microsoft, CISCO, Panasonic, Goldman Sachs, BAE Systems, NEON Communications (whose ‘Director of Global Sales’, Lord Anthony Tudor St John, is heavily invested in 5G technology and also sits as trustee of Citizens Online), IBM, Unilever, N. M. Rothschild & Sons [19]… you name it: the whole ‘in the club’ of corporate funny-handshake hegemony – to give ‘independent advice’ to government and help develop government strategies, policies and to define their objectives. “

    • Perhaps, dennisambler.
      But that doesn’t explain why so many of her adherents truly believe gluing themselves to roads and buildings is good!?

      “Extinction Rebellion co-founder reveals she was inspired to begin the climate change protest movement after taking ‘psychedelic medicines’ as group shuts down central Manchester
      Gail Bradbrook, 47, said she ‘prayed in a deep way’ while taking substances”

      Abuse of psychoactive substances goes a long way to explain their irrationality and frothing while glued.

  29. She should write a book:

    “How To Waste The Best Years Of Your Life – For Idiots.”

    Prefaced by Greta.

  30. So the “luctrative paycheck” (her words not mine) had nothing to do with it?

    “The Mother of Extinction

    Often called “the Mother” by members of Extinction Rebellion, Gail is a molecular biophysicist by training, though she hasn’t worked in that capacity for quite some time. Not long after finishing her post-doctoral research into ‘protein saccharide interactions’, she became a consultant for several ‘political charities’ and has, for the past 18 years worked exclusively as a professional campaigner – a role which, during a talk at Off-Grid Festival, she admits is “mostly about securing your own pay-check.[2]”

    Gail epitomises the new generation of ‘professional activists’, having positioned herself at the epicentre of the revolving door between big business, government bureaucracies and establishment-friendly NGOs, campaign groups and charitable organisations, all of which increasingly function as the public face of international corporate and financial power.”

    https://nowhere.news/index.php/2019/04/01/dr-gail-marie-bradbrook-compassionate-revolutionary-for-hire/

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