Today marks the first of 'multiple days' of climate protests across the UK
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This is an emergency. Our way of life is breaking nature. Governments have know about this for decades. They have failed to respond. It's time to act. JOIN US in London & other cities all over the world from 15 April until we win.#InternationalRebellion: https://t.co/PzxBohj9iu pic.twitter.com/yTmlbEIpxR— Extinction Rebellion (@ExtinctionR) April 11, 2019
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.
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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.
PRESS RELEASE // This Monday the International Rebellion begins. We will be taking 5 Central London sites and bringing major disruption to the capital. Please read our press release and find out all you need to know about the coming weeks: https://t.co/clanwQFi0E— Extinction Rebellion (@ExtinctionR) April 9, 2019
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'.
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If you're interested in taking part, find your local group here.
Lead Image: Jörg Farys / Fridays for Future via Flickr