A failed protest over a bus lane and a psychedelic drug retreat had key roles in forming a global climate protest movement, two founders have revealed. Extinction Rebellion now claims to have 100,000 members on its database. Simon Bramwell said he felt an “acute sense of loss” after protests in Bristol in 2015 that saw campaigners living in trees that were cut down to make way for the Metrobus. Gail Bradbrook said she “prayed for the codes for social change” on a retreat. Extinction Rebellion describes itself as a “non-violent civil disobedience activist movement”. Its mass protests have been controversial – 1,200 campaigners were arrested in London in May after parts of the capital were brought to a halt. Four years earlier Mr Bramwell, from Stroud in Gloucestershire, took part in the Stapleton allotment protests that saw campaigners perch in trees for more than a month before being evicted. They were opposing the construction of a new bus lane that connected to the M32, along with several new bus stops and a bridge. The protestors claimed the land was some of the most fertile in the area but ultimately they were moved on and the work took place. The full story features on Inside Out West on BBC One, Monday 2 September at 19:30 BST.
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Greta Thunberg’s legion of fans was able to follow her almost 3,000-mile “zero-emissions” progress across the Atlantic last month using an online tracker. However, since arriving on dry land in Manhattan, the environmental crusader has tried to lie low. The frustrated crowds desperate to see her do not know where in the city she is basing herself. “For security reasons, only about two people know where she’s staying,” said one official. It is not clear how long Thunberg intends to stay in America – or how she will return to Europe. She is due to take part in the global climate strike on September 20 before giving a speech at the UN climate change summit three days later.
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