My son broke the law

Wendy Sender explains how four days in the public gallery changed her

On the morning of 13 July 2015 I woke up to news reports that a group of thirteen people had been arrested as they blockaded a runway at Heathrow Airport. My first thought was whether my son Sam might be one of them. Within minutes of checking online I found widespread news coverage, with some videos showing Sam lying on the airport tarmac, his arms immobilised in tubing, chanting ‘no ifs, no buts, no third runway’. Twenty-five flights had to be cancelled that day, and dozens were delayed. This is the story of my journey towards an understanding of Sam’s action, and my growing sense of urgency for action to combat climate change.

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