Published: Tue, April 16, 2019

#ExtinctionRebellion shuts down London’s busiest streets with climate change protest

#ExtinctionRebellion shuts down London’s busiest streets with climate change protest

Extinction Rebellion said the protests across London were just some of dozens planned across the world, calling for governments to introduce stricter measures to tackle climate change.

Environmental campaign group Extinction Rebellion has closed down roads in the capital as part of a peaceful protest against climate change.

Other stunts perpetrated by the demonstrators on Monday included gluing themselves to the revolving front door of the Shell Centre building as well as smearing black paint on the building.

Environmental protesters have blocked Waterloo Bridge in London as they try to bring the city to a standstill. Police arrested 85 activists that day and organizers say they expect further arrests on Monday.

The blockades continued throughout the day but as darkness fell officers moved in and began to arrest people on Waterloo Bridge in an effort to clear it.

The group has called on the United Kingdom government to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2025 and establish a citizens' assembly to devise an emergency plan of action to tackle climate breakdown and biodiversity loss.

"Make no mistake, people are already dying", the letter says.

Extinction Rebellion wrote to Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday outlining their demands and asking for face-to-face talks, warning that they will escalate their disruptive actions over the coming weeks unless the government acts. "We must act now".

Thousands of people are expected to take to the streets of central London today, blocking the city's busiest roads and bridges to raise the alarm over a mounting climate crisis.

Police have advised Londoners to leave extra time for their journeys because of possible delays caused by the protest.

Rowan McLaughlin, 47, a teacher, said this week's protests were more important that the huge pro and anti-Brexit protests in London recently.

A TfL spokesman said: "The safety of our customers and staff is our number one priority and we're working closely with the police to manage the impact on London's transport network".

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