- Title: Lawmakers must take action on climate change, say XR activists in London
- Date: 23rd August 2021
- Summary: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (AUGUST 23, 2021) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF EXTINCTION REBELLION ACTIVISTS GATHERED AT TRAFALGAR SQUARE (SOUNDBITE) (English) 23-YEAR-OLD EXTINCTION REBELLION ACTIVIST, MADDY CHURCHOUSE, SAYING: "(I'm here) because I decided that I need to stop burying my head in the sand. It's been so many years, you know, just like growing up under the knowledge of the climate crisis happening and that the world is getting worse, and it's so easy to just bury your head in the sand and ignore it. But I decided that I just can't do that anymore, I've actually got to stand up for what I believe in, so I wanted to take part in something - yeah, participatory. So that's why I'm here." 23-YEAR-OLD EXTINCTION REBELLION ACTIVIST, MADDY CHURCHOUSE HOLDING BANNER READING (English): "Mother Natch (Nature) needs you for the resistance" (SOUNDBITE) (English) 76-YEAR-OLD EXTINCTION REBELLION ACTIVIST, LUCY HARDING, SAYING: "I'm here fighting for my grandson and my stepson, and his lovely wife, and for generations to come because this is not going to be nice. It is going to be really hard. People will need to be really resilient." VARIOUS OF EXTINCTION REBELLION ACTIVISTS (SOUNDBITE) (English) 76-YEAR-OLD EXTINCTION REBELLION ACTIVIST, LUCY HARDING, SAYING: "It's shocking that we have done this in such a short time, given the age of the planet, and that we have wiped out species - and some that we don't even know about. We know so little about, for instance, what is in the deep ocean. Sorry if I'm sounding depressed, but I am depressed." VARIOUS OF BANNER READING (English): "Green capitalism is not the answer" (SOUNDBITE) (English) 56-YEAR-OLD EXTINCTION REBELLION ACTIVIST, ADRIAN TEMPLE-BROWN, SAYING: "And so they're just not listening. They're only interested in economic growth - and just look at the weather. You know, economic growth is what causes a broken weather system, and they're still all carrying on, you know. They really need to wake up, all of them. They need to go on a climate change course, every single MP (Member of Parliament). Sit them down for a day or two so that they can actually see what's going on and come out of their bubble, and they get the horror that's going on around the world - to look out themselves and actually understand it, and then somehow to ditch the politics and to work together on the biggest problem that the world has got. And time is running out." WOMAN GIVING SPEECH ACTIVISTS HOLDING FLAGS (SOUNDBITE) (English) 23-YEAR-OLD EXTINCTION REBELLION ACTIVIST, MARA (LAST NAME NOT GIVEN), SAYING: "Yes, I feel it's important to take part in these actions because we need to show people that we have power and community to come together and show that there are things that need to be changed. For example, right now it's about raising awareness about how much money has been put into the funding of oil companies and how we could direct this money into other kinds of industries which actually care about changing our relationship to the planet and to the people between themselves. And I feel like there are other ways in your personal life to make these changes, but these kinds of protests are really to show and bring more people together, which maybe didn't have the time to stop and think about that change could actually happen." POLICE OFFICERS AT PROTEST WOMAN STANDING WITH BIKE AT PROTEST ACTIVISTS ACTIVIST LAYING BANNER ON THE GROUND BANNERS READING (English): "Crisis talks" / "Come to the table. Crisis talks"
- Embargoed: 6th September 2021 12:19
- Keywords: Extinction Rebellion MPs Trafalgar Square business climate change economy governments lawmakers parliament protest
- Location: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- City: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- Country: UK
- Topics: Climate Change,Environment,Europe,General News,Government / Politics,Climate Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001ERI3QRR
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- Story Text:Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists gathered at Trafalgar Square in central London on Monday (August 23), kicking off two weeks of planned protests against inaction over climate change.
The activists converged on the capital from around the country and called on the government to "come to the table" and actively tackle the climate crisis.
People at Trafalgar Square waved banners and listened to speeches before marching through the city, occupying an intersection close to nearby Leicester Square.
Extinction Rebellion, which caused days of traffic chaos in London two years ago, is planning a series of protests including several targeting London's financial district, which they blame for helping to fuel climate change
On Sunday (August 22), about 200 XR demonstrators targeted the medieval Guildhall, the home of the City of London Corporation, which governs the city's historic financial centre.
As well as an emergency response from governments around the world, the group is calling for a mass move away from polluting industries to avert the worst scenarios of devastation outlined by scientists.
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