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Today marks the first of 'multiple days' of climate protests across the UK

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A month ago saw over 100 countries striking school in order to oppose their governments' lack of action against climate change. Today, once again, the world rallies to campaign for a future for the planet, with the protests to last 'multiple days'.

Image Credit: Jörg Farys / Fridays for Future via Flickr

You can see the map for your local Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest here

In London today, XR plan to blockade four areas. They plan to meet at Marble Arch, Oxford Circus, Waterloo Bridge and Parliament Square. The group describe the protest on their Facebook page to be a 'full-scale festival of creative resistance with, art, stage performances, talks, workshops, food and family spaces'. 

XR writes, "Civil disobedience works when it’s peaceful, respectful, disruptive and undertaken en masse. We don’t want to disrupt people, but our Government's failure over the last 30 years leaves us no choice. If we had functioning democracies we wouldn’t need to. We’ve tried petitions, marches, letters, reports, papers, meetings, even direct actions; and emissions have continued to rise.

"Governments prioritise the short-term interests of the economic elites, so to get their attention, we have to disrupt the economy. They have left us with no other option."

XR is just one climate protest group that has played a central role in the last few months in organising and staging worldwide protests. 

Today, the International Rebellion will see protests all over the world, it is hoped that such a duration of protest will finally be enough to get the governments' attention.

In London, UK, XR have put together a programme of events, hoping to shed light on the different aspects of climate change.

In a press release from XR, actor Emma Thompson speaks on the importance of the protests“it is time to stand up and Save Our Home. On Monday 15 April of this year, the International Rebellion will begin … It’s gonna be a lot of fun, but be prepared to stay. Because now’s the time to save the planet, as we all know there is no planet B. Be there.”

The group currently has '331 groups in 49 different countries', according to their website.


Image credit: Tommi Boom via Flickr

Of the five different locations, three of them state the demands of the group:

The First Demand: Tell the Truth, 'the government and other institutions must tell the truth and declare a climate and ecological emergency'.  This blockade will see a number of performing arts activities with the aim of creating a sea at the junction of Oxford Street and Regent Street.

The Second Demand: Act Now, 'government must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025'. The group are encouraging protestors to bring plants and shrubs to create a garden bridge on Waterloo Bridge.

The Third Demand: Beyond Politics, 'The government must move beyond party politics on the climate and ecological emergency'. This blockade will see the creation of a number of people's assemblies, inviting people to 'experience real democracy'.

If you're interested in taking part, find your local group here.

Lead Image: Jörg Farys / Fridays for Future via Flickr




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