London climate change protest

15 April, 2019, 19:12 | Author: Darnell Taylor
  • Activists stripped off in Parliament earlier this month in a previous protest

Extinction Rebellion said: "We've tried petitions, marches, letters, reports, papers, meetings, even direct actions; and global emissions have continued to rise".

Today will see people in at least 80 cities in more than 33 countries hold similar demonstrations on the same environmental issues, campaigners said.

Activists gathered at Hyde Park yesterday and were encouraged to camp there overnight before a march towards Piccadilly Circus today.

Environmental protesters have mobilized to take over five of London's most iconic locations, bringing streets to a standstill, with the aim of forcing the United Kingdom government to take serious action on the "global climate emergency".

The campaign cites the civil rights and suffragette movements as inspiration and is backed by senior scientists and academics, including the former archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.

"If we don't do anything to change this, our children will die", she said.

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Police arrested 85 activists that day and organizers say they expect further arrests on Monday. Governments prioritise the short term interests of the economic elites, so to get their attention, we have to disrupt the economy.

The group is demanding immediate action over environmental destruction, after dire predictions that humans face an existential threat if climate change and the loss of biodiversity continues.

Emergency services have been made aware of the plans, said the group.

A demonstrator bangs a drum during a climate protest in Parliament Square in London, Monday, April 15, 2019.

"Civil disobedience works when it's peaceful, respectful, disruptive and undertaken en masse". Organisers have circulated legal advice to anyone planning to attend, requested they refrain from using drugs and alcoho, and asked that they treat passersby and the environment with respect.

The Met said it had "appropriate policing plans" in place for the demonstrations and officers from across the force would be used "to support the public order operation".

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