Roger Hallam posted a 391-word 11-point Twitter thread after hospital staff served him boiled carrots and a handful of potatoes for dinner.
Extinction Rebellion(XR) co-founder Roger Hallam has come under fire for complaining about a ‘vegan option’ after he was hospitalized following an accident.
The 56-year-old environmental activist is in hospital after ‘crushing’ his leg in a cycling accident.
He is also known for his involvement in other environmental groups, such as Insulate Britain and Just Stop Oil.
Hallam posted a 391-word 11-point Twitter thread after hospital staff served him boiled carrots and a handful of potatoes for dinner.
Alongside a photo of an almost empty plate showing just a serving of carrots, Hallom wrote: “30 [years] after being told that refusing to switch to plant-based diets would result in the greatest spasms of human suffering in our historical experience due to environmental/social collapse, this is what the health department of the 5th largest economy just set me for dinner (plus six new potatoes I ate before taking the picture from my hospital bed).”
He added that “this situation is far too serious for easy rhetorical finger-pointing. This is not a problem of the hard-working staff at this hospital, nor a problem for the hospital or NHS, or of any one country’s ‘policies’.”
Instead, he said the problem is “deeply and catastrophically systemic’ and the “utter failure of the entire global human system” to adapt to climate change means the world is heading for “mass suicide.”
He added at the end of the rant, “PS in case you think I’m cherry picking for this photo – I’ve had similar meals for [the] last 5 days.’
While his lengthy tirade garnered some good wishes, others ridiculed him for bemoaning a seemingly vegan dish.
One wrote: “Why, exactly, is potatoes and carrots a crap meal for you? … What would be your preferred meal?”
“Boiled vegetables causing such gushing, uncontrolled sprays of verbal diarrhoea is a new one, I have to admit,” another added.
“Funny – I’m not vegan…. Had carrots and peas for my meal on a couple of occasions during a recent 22-day stay in 2 London hospitals- stop winging,” a third commented.
Some also hit out at the disruptive XR protests that inconvenience the lives of the hardworking majority seeking to go about their everyday lives.
“11 tweets complaining that you were served low carbon, sustainable food because it wasn’t to your taste. Meanwhile, XR and JSO protests and marches are just inconveniences everyone else has to put up with for the good of the planet? Sounds like arrogant hypocrisy to me,” commented one Twitter user.
“That’s what happens when the roads are blocked by idiots that follow you. Just think if it wasn’t for oil you would have got to hospital by ambulance, the staff would not have got to work, the ward would be cold as would your carrots,” added another.
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