Climate change activists block bridges across London

Extinction Rebellion protests block London bridges

Extinction Rebellion protests block London bridges

- Organized by Extinction Rebellion, the protest is part of many taking place this weekend to bring attention to what they describe as political inaction on issues of pollution and climate change.

Organisers estimate 6,000 people joined the protests, which began at 10am.

London Metropolitan Police have arrested over 85 protesters following large scale demonstrations which saw activists block off five of London's major bridges as part of a "day of rebellion" over climate change.

Scores were arrested after people blocked traffic, causing "significant traffic disruption", according to the Metropolitan Police.

Demonstrators are calling on the government to abandon its fracking programmes and commit to net zero carbon emissions by 2025.

The group are calling for the government to change its environmental policy, claiming the United Kingdom could face "starvation" if "the weather effect continues as it is".

"We need to be building resilience in our communities", she added.

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"This is the start of an worldwide rebellion protesting the lack of action on the ecological crisis", one organizer, Gail Bradbrook, told reporters.

"People think that climate change is something happening to somebody else at some other time, but it's coming home".

Saturday's demo followed a wave of co-ordinated protests across the United Kingdom this week.

About two dozen people were arrested on Monday after protesters blocked traffic and glued themselves to gates outside the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Southwark Bridge has since reopened, according to Transport for London. "And we're also asking for a people's assembly so people can decide how the change happens".

The Met said the protests had caused "significant traffic disruption" and emergency service vehicles "are now being hampered from getting across London".

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