Climate change activists block London streets

Rodiano Bonacci
Aprile 21, 2019

Lesley Sweet, the first from the group who was arrested live on national television on Tuesday afternoon from Waterloo Bridge said: "We are facing the sixth mass extinction and it is now that we have to act". I had finished my interview with Robin Boardman-Pattison, a spokesman for the Extinction Rebellion (ER) protests, after duly allowing him the last words.

The Extinction Rebellion group has pledged to stay on the streets until the Government takes action to slash greenhouse gas emissions and declare a climate emergency.

He added: "This is very, very frustrating for us, this is going to cost millions".

"We have tried in the past just standing in a designated place with placards, and doing a peaceful protest in one place with no disruption - it just hasn't worked".

The Metropolitan Police said it had "strong plans" to deploy a "significant number" of officers to Heathrow and take "firm action" if needed.

It comes as a video of police officers dragging demonstrators along the ground by the arms on Friday emerged, after Home Secretary Sajid Javid urged police to use the "full force of the law".

The Met said the protests are putting a strain on policing in the capital with officers diverted away from "core local duties". "We are determined to keep the airport operating".

Climate activists surround a pink boat that has been parked during an Extinction Rebellion demonstration at Oxford Circus, London.

Some passengers shouted at the pair to get off whilst police headed for the scene.

The group staged a series of protests - each of around five minutes in duration - between 8am and 9am in the hope of stopping what they said was the "extinction of nature and of people".

Organisers said they expected more people to join the protests and warned they would continue until their demands are met.

Britain has lowered net emissions by 42 per cent since 1990, and now aims to cut emissions by 80 percent by 2050.

The pace of reduction in emissions called for by Extinction Rebellion is far faster than that urged by the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which past year recommended they be cut to zero on a global basis by 2050. Government advisors will suggest new targets next month.

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