Tamsin Omond

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Tamsin Ormond
Tamsin Omond (born 19 November 1984)[1] is an author, environmental activist and journalist. She has campaigned for the Government to take action to avoid man-made climate change.

In 2009, she was included in the Sunday Times list of "Top 30 Power Players Under-30".

Early life and education

Having completed her secondary education at Westminster School, Omond graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge, and also has an MA in Ecology and Social Justice from the Open University. When she first left college she had intentions of being a major theologian, including aspirations of becoming the first female Archbishop of Canterbury.[2] She is the granddaughter of Sir Thomas Lees, a baronet.[3][4]


In 2009, she published her first book, Rush - The Making of a Climate Activist.[5] Omond has written articles about Christianity, climate change and human rights. She has been published in the Church Times, The Ecologist, The Guardian, The Evening Standard and The Mail on Sunday.[6]

Omond originally campaigned as a member of the activist group Plane Stupid, although she has stated that she is no longer active with the group.[7] Omond is a founding member of the activist group Climate Rush.[8] She has organised a number of high profile protests including scaling the roof of the House of Commons to protest against aviation, for which she was arrested and bailed on the condition that she did not enter Parliament. In October 2008, she breached this condition by organizing a 500 person "rush" on Parliament.[3] This led to her being re-arrested and threatened with imprisonment due to her breach of bail. Instead she was then bailed with a strengthening of her bail conditions to ban her from going within one kilometre of Parliament.[8]

Omond has also organised protests against the Expansion of London Heathrow Airport. In May 2008, she said that she would be prepared to be imprisoned for life for her cause.[9][10][11]

Omond claims that her activism has been inspired by the Suffragettes, who had campaigned using direct action for Women's suffrage at the beginning of the 20th Century. An independent film has been made about Omond's connection to the campaigning techniques of the women's suffrage movement. Omond dressed as a suffragette for an anti-car protest targeting Jeremy Clarkson.[12]

Omond stood in the 2010 General election in the newly created Hampstead and Kilburn constituency. She has created a new independent party, "The Commons". They plan to engage young people in voting and promote sustainability in the local area.[13] It was also praised by commentator Giles Coren.[14] She received 123 votes (0.2% of total votes cast).[15]

Media profile and recognition

Omond was included the Daily Mail's list of people to watch in 2010.[16] She was placed in the Sunday Times's Top 30 Power Players Under-30.[17] </ref> In 2011, Omond was placed in 3rd place in the Daily Mail's 50 "most powerful posh people in Britain under 30",[18] and in 2012 in Tatler's list of 'people who matter'.[12]

Omond was placed in 56th place in the Independent on Sunday's Pink List 2009.[19] She was included under "Lifetime Achievement Awards" in the Pink List 2011.


Based on the Wikipedia article of the same name.

  1. http://www.yournextmp.com/candidates/tamsin_omond Tamsin Omond], 'YourNextMP'
  2. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/tamsin-omond The Huffington Post: United Kingdom Ed. "Tamsin Omond"
  3. 3.0 3.1 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/3197706/Cambridge-graduate-banned-from-Palace-of-Westminster.html The Telegraph 14 Oct 2008 "Cambridge graduate banned from Palace of Westminster"
  4. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article5307422.ece Tamsin Omond: Eco starlet The Sunday Times 14 December 2008
  5. http://www.theecologist.org/reviews/books/333284/rush_the_making_of_a_climate_activist.html "Rush! The Making of a Climate Activist" Henry Unwin The Ecologist 6 October 2009
  6. http://journalisted.com/tamsin-omond "Tamsin Omond" journalisted.com'
  7. "The green activists need to grow up and embrace the mainstream"
  8. 8.0 8.1 http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/green-suffragette-is-freed-despite-breach-of-bail-conditions-961405.html Jerome Taylor The Independent 15 October 2008 "'Green suffragette' is freed despite breach of bail conditions" 15 October 2008
  9. http://news.bbc.co.uk/mobile/bbc_news/england/heathrow/742/74289/story7428920.shtml "Thousands of campaigners opposed to plans for a third runway at Heathrow joined a protest rally outside the west London airport" BBC News 31 May 2008
  10. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/may/31/activists.prisonsandprobation?gusrc=rssQKamp%3Bfeed=society "Life in prison? Bring it on" Decca Aitkenhead 31 May 2008 The Guardian
  11. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/oct/12/activists-climatechange Amelia Hill, social affairs correspondent "Westminster protester Tamsin Omond prepared to risk jail in cause of climate change" The Observer 12 October 2008
  12. 12.0 12.1 Tatler http://www.tatler.com/the-tatler-list/o/tamsin-omond
  13. http://www.eoghan.org.uk/2010/05/living-in-marginal-3-hampstead-kilburn.html Eoghan O'Neill: "Living in a marginal (3): Hampstead & Kilburn - the final showdown" =Eoghan.org.uk 5 May 2010
  14. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/giles_coren/article7086067.ece The Times "Vote for someone you can trust Yourself" Giles Coren 3 April 2010
  15. http://www3.camden.gov.uk/votes/?page_id=71 "Hampstead and Kilburn — Camden elections 2010"
  16. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1104463/Whats-hot-2009.html "What's hot for 2009?" Mail Online 2 January 2009
  17. http://women.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/women/celebrity/article6900887.ece?token=null&offset=48&page=5 The Times "The top 30 power players under 30" Ruby Warrington 8 November 2009
  18. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1347610/Britains-50-powerful-posh-people-30-From-catwalk-Westminster.html "From cricket to the catwalk to Westminster, public school accents are back: We reveal Britain’s 50 most powerful posh people under 30" Mail Online 2 January 2009
  19. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/news/the-iiosi-pink-list-2009-1721869.html?action=Popup&ino=56 "56 Tamsin Omond eco activist One of the protestors who last year scaled Parli" Independent.co.uk 28 June 2009