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Extinction Rebellion activists have racked up 135,000 air miles

Extinction Rebellion activists have racked up 135,000 air miles

Stella hypocrisy! Extinction Rebellion activists fronting McCartney’s green range have racked up 135,000 air miles

  • Activists Ruby Munslow, Deya Ward and Tori Tsui picked to be fashion models
  • Stella McCartney’s winter collection uses environmentally sustainable fabrics
  • However Ms Munslow, from London, clocked up 8,000 air miles in past year
  • While Ms Ward, an orang-utan expert, has flown more than 50,000 air miles

By Ralph Blackburn and Michael Powell for The Mail on Sunday

Published: 17:05 EDT, 27 July 2019 | Updated: 18:38 EDT, 27 July 2019

They are the eco-warriors plucked from Extinction Rebellion’s street protests to be models for Stella McCartney’s new environmentally aware fashion campaign.

But The Mail on Sunday can reveal that the climate change activists picked to parade in her clothes have clocked up more than 135,000 air miles between them in recent years.

Ruby Munslow, Deya Ward and Tori Tsui – dubbed ‘change agents’ by the 47-year-old designer – have jetted all over the world to countries including the US and Borneo.

The revelation comes just weeks after the activist group brought major cities across the UK to a standstill to highlight the threat posed by climate change.

Extinction Rebellion protester Tori Tsui, pictured, from Bristol, has racked up 68,000 miles in the past two years, including long-haul flights to California, Nepal and South Africa

The protesters were chosen by Ms McCartney to front her winter collection, which uses environmentally sound, sustainable fabrics, and were pictured in the designer’s creations in a shoot on the Welsh coast.

Jet-setting models including Amber Valletta from the US, and Chu Wong from China, also modelled for the Agents Of Change project.

Unveiling her campaign last week, Sir Paul McCartney’s daughter said: ‘In an era of climate crisis, action is more important than ever.’

She hailed her ‘change agents’ including Ms Munslow, 23, a self-proclaimed ‘avid recycler and misogynist repeller’ from East London, who joined the protests in April which shut down Central London.

Deya Ward, pictured, divides her time between Bristol and Borneo and has flown more than 50,000 air miles, including two trips to California since last year

Extinction Rebellion has warned of the ‘massive carbon footprint’ of air travel, and asked: ‘What if we started changing our travel habits to reduce our impact on the planet?’

But it seems Ms McCartney’s models don’t always practise what the group preaches.

Last month, Ms Munslow jetted off with friends to Valencia in Spain. She has also travelled to Cambodia, Barcelona, Switzerland and Ibiza since May last year, clocking up 18,000 air miles.

The activists were chosen to be models for Stella McCartney’s new environmentally aware fashion campaign. Pictured is the designer at her London flagship store

Asked about her extensive air travel last night, Ms Munslow said: ‘This is a topic which has been hard for me to come to terms with. I have had to make the extremely tough decision on not having children. I will also have to cut drastically my flights.’

Ms Tsui, from Bristol, has racked up 68,000 miles in the past two years, including long-haul flights to California, Nepal, South Africa and Antarctica via Argentina.

The filmmaker, who will travel to Iceland for work next week, accompanies photos from her travels with messages like: ‘Climate change is scary.’ She said: ‘Flying has always been my downfall. I am from Hong Kong and my job has relied on overseas work.

‘I offset my flights when I can but, as I am now in a better position to manage where I work, I have decided I am going to try to be flight-free in 2020.’

Ms Ward, an orang-utan expert who divides her time between Bristol and Borneo, has flown more than 50,000 air miles, including two trips to California, as well as Borneo and Indonesia since last year. She said: ‘For some of my previous work in Borneo I had to fly. But I was there for sustained periods, working for free and putting my time and effort into conservation.’

Sarah Clayton, of environmental campaign group AirportWatch, said: ‘People who have to fly for their jobs don’t even think about the impact. They say, “I’ve done my recycling, turned down my heating and signed up to some campaigns online.” Then they fly off to Barcelona for a weekend.’

A spokesman for Ms McCartney declined to comment last night.

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