The 'Extinction Rebellion' from students' perspectives
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After setting off from Sheffield at 5.30am, they joined the Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest on Waterloo Bridge, at 10am. Traffic had already come to a standstill, and protestors were sitting, singing and making speeches. Extinction Rebellion is a peaceful movement designed to put pressure on the government to reduce carbon emissions. It also demands the creation of a Citizen’s Assembly to oversee proposed changes and greater transparency in environmental policy. Gerrard, who studies a Research Masters in Ecology and Environment, says, 'I was there because I like studying biology and I spend all my time hearing about how much of a terrible state the environment is in, and how humans are driving countless species to extinction. Nothing really gets done about it. There’s enough science to know this is all happening, but it’s just not translated into any sort of policy. 'We want some meaningful policy decisions, to reduce fossil fuel consumption in this country, to put more protection on wildlife, and more investment into renewable energy, because they’ve scrapped the subsidies that used to be on solar power, and they’re investing in fracking, which seems like the complete opposite.' Eve, who studies a Masters in Zoology, says, 'I went because climate change is the most important issue of our time. It will affect everyone, and our government is doing next to nothing to fight it. Civil disobedience might be the only way to make them listen. Unlike many of the people who will be worst affected by this catastrophe, I am privileged to have the time, resources and agency to take action and protest without fear, so I have to.'View this post on Instagram
Today we celebrated the unity of culture for the protection and honouring of our planet Earth. 5 Central London bridges were occupied, a Citizen’s Assembly held on Westminster Bridge, followed by a multi-faith ceremony and party in Parliament Square where we planted trees! Democracy is still under construction! A brave and beautiful day, and it’s just the beginning... Join us in the following days, weeks and months by contacting through the online channels and seeing what events are on. #extinctionrebellion
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