A green campaigner has called for conservatories to be banned – while sitting in her own one.
Angela Terry said Britons need to dump the glasshouses because they ‘act like a furnace’ for the rest of the home.
The environmental scientist, 47, claimed the move was about ‘having a no regret’ policy and protecting the planet.
But she appeared to exclude herself from the rules as she brazenly spoke from her conservatory in Wells, Somerset.
GMB presenter Susanna Reid pointed out the hypocrisy of asking why she can have one but ‘nobody else is allowed one from now on.’
Ms. Terry suggested because her house came with one she was exempt from new legislation.
Conservatories can overheat as they trap the sun during the country’s increasingly warm summers.
Regulations are being brought in that could make the additions far rarer in new-build houses.
From June, any conservatory intended as part of new development will need to show it will not create ‘unwanted solar gain’.
Ms. Terry, whose company One Home works with the media on climate issues, told GMB: ‘It’s all about how the world is warming.
‘So our planet is getting hotter and hotter and hotter as global warming takes hold. What we saw in 2019 was temperatures reaching 39C.
‘By 2050, which is only 30 years away, every other summer will be as hot as that summer.
‘So we’re looking at heatwaves and unbearable heat becoming regular. And what conservatories do is they concentrate that heat and act as a furnace for the rest of your house basically.
‘So they build up heat throughout the day so it just makes staying cool in your home much much harder.
‘So that’s the real problem when we talk about future-proofing. Because if a developer is building a house today and putting a conservatory up, you’ll assume that house will be around in 30 years.
‘So it’s about having a no-regret policy. So once they’re up we know people don’t want to take them down, which is fine… obviously, I’m in my conservatory here.
‘When we bought the house it was here, so we’re trying to keep people safe ultimately.’
Ms. Reid asked: ‘You’re saying you’re all right in your conservatory, yours is still going to stand… but nobody else is allowed to have one from now on. Is that your point?’
Ms. Terry, who is followed on social media by Extinction Rebellion and has retweeted their posts in the past, hit back: ‘So this house came with a conservatory on it. The new legislation is saying not to build new ones because we know the world is getting warmer.
‘What you’re doing is building infrastructure and we’re doing it all ’round the UK that isn’t fit for purpose for when we have hotter and hotter weather.’
h/t Rúnar O.
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