Extinction Rebellion Halts Traffic, Disrupts Emergency Personnel for Phony Climate Change Agenda; Demands U.K. Government Acts Immediately to Reach Net Zero Emissions

  • Across the U.K., members of Extinction Rebellion, an environmental protection group, are blocking roads as they protest against what they see as the government’s ineffective climate change policies.
  • The group is using five boats to block roads and bring traffic to a halt in London, Glasgow, Cardiff, Leeds and Bristol. Each of the five blue boats are named after an environmental activist and have “Act Now” written on them.
  • According to reports, “a blue boat was placed in front of the Royal Courts of Justice in central London, and protesters practiced yoga and meditation in the middle of the road.”
  • Extinction Rebellion announced that it is starting a five-day “summer uprising” in order to get the EU “to declare a climate emergency.”
  • The group said that demonstrators are out “to demand the legal system take responsibility in this crisis, and ensure the safety of future generations by making ecocide law.”
  • The group added: “We also stand in solidarity with climate activists around the world who are sacrificing their freedom to fight for climate justice.”
  • Police and government officials are worried that blocked streets in major thoroughfares could prevent emergency services from responding in a timely manner.
  • Chief Inspector Mark Runacres at Avon and Somerset Police said that officers’ off days had to be rescinded to ensure there was enough police presence at the protests and said they are trying “to keep the public safe.”
  • In April, the group protested for 11 days in London and some of the 1,000 protesters arrested during that demonstration are scheduled to appear in court this week.
  • Extinction Rebellion is asking the police and prosecutors to drop charges against those protesters.
  • Stephen Lingwood, an Extinction Rebellion Cardiff demonstrator, said: “People are dying right now of climate chaos in places like India. It’s only going to get worse.”
  • Lingwood continued: “We’re at the beginning of the sixth mass extinction and a climate genocide and the government’s inaction is, in my view, criminally irresponsible.”
  • According to Extinction Rebellion, the group says “the U.K. must act immediately to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.”
  • In June, the government said it’s committed to reach net zero emissions by 2050.

Reference Links

  • BBC: Extinction Rebellion protesters block roads in UK cities READ
  • The Guardian: Extinction Rebellion protests block traffic in five UK cities READ
  • Evening Standard: Extinction Rebellion protest news LIVE: Climate activists take to streets in London, Glasgow, Cardiff, Bristol and Leeds READ
  • Common Dreams: ‘Act Now. Our Lives Are in Your Hands’: Demanding Climate Action, Extinction Rebellion Shuts Down Traffic in Five UK Cities READ

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