Environmentalist protesters have blocked another main junction in London’s West End, calling for “crisis talks” over global warming on the second day of Extinction Rebellion’s latest campaign of protest. Protesters swooped on Cambridge Circus, in the heart of the capital’s theatre district, just after 3pm. Police managed to encircle gear brought in by activists, holding the middle of road as protesters danced around them to music from a mobile sound system.
Guardian 24th Aug 2021 read more »
Extinction Rebellion London protests – live: Activists dance in the street as 40 arrests made on second day.
Independent 24th Aug 2021 read more »
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As Extinction Rebellion targets the world’s biggest polluters, does it matter how ‘green’ individual activists are? Right-wing blog Guido Fawkes is among the outlets highlighting that one of Extinction Rebellion’s co-founders, Dr Gail Bradbrook, drives a diesel vehicle. In a radio interview this week, Dr Bradbrook said she drives her sons to football and rugby practice where they live in Stroud. But is Extinction Rebellion here to lecture people not to drive fossil fuel vehicles, take foreign holidays or police people’s individual choices, like eating meat, or buying clothes? No. Their specific target is the City of London. Meanwhile, the government for whom Ms Stratton works for has long supported and subsidised the fossil fuel firms who have appeared to try to shift blame for the climate crisis onto individuals – including knowingly using the techniques once used by big tobacco to downplay risks.
Independent 25th Aug 2021 read more »
Extinction Rebellion protesters are nothing if not ambitious. Their latest attempts to disrupt London are designed to force the UK Government to implement “our new immediate demand: stop all new fossil fuel investment immediately”. Even the fanatics in Monty Python’s Life of Brian were willing to give the Romans two days to dismantle their entire Empire. Joking aside, the Extinction Rebellion protests are bad politics – and even worse economics. What’s more, the disruption to the lives of ordinary Londoners risks undermining any public support for more sensible ways to tackle the problems of climate change. Not many people have the luxury of being able to take time off work to engage in puerile street theatre, or acts of criminal damage.
Telegraph 25th Aug 2021 read more »
Extinction Rebellion sets sights on City of London as it decries ‘infinite growth’.
Times 25th Aug 2021 read more »