London climate change protest

A crowd of protesters yesterday gathered in Hyde Park as they prepare to conduct a series of demonstrations in the capital

A crowd of protesters yesterday gathered in Hyde Park as they prepare to conduct a series of demonstrations in the capital

Some members of the group glued themselves to doors at the headquarters of Shell on Embankment. Police arrested 85 activists that day and organizers say they expect further arrests on Monday.

The demonstrations are part of a global campaign, organised by the British climate group Extinction Rebellion, which encompasses protests in 80 cities, across 33 countries, in the coming days.

These are central London landmarks protesters are targeting as part of efforts to demand the Government declares a climate emergency.

Environmental consultant Dr Andrew Boswell, former Norfolk county councillor, joined activists at Marble Arch and said any inconvenience people experienced as a result of the two week protest was insignificant in comparison to the "catastrophic impact" of climate change.

Waterloo Bridge is a major bus route and the protestors from the group Extinction Rebellion delayed the journeys of far more public transport users than the auto drivers they claim should switch to more sustainable modes.

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The scientist said the group was calling on the United Kingdom government to fulfil three demands: to better inform the public about climate change, to make the country carbon neutral by 2025 and to create a citizens assembly model on environmental issues. They plan to engage in acts of non-violent civil disobedience against governments in capital cities around the world.

Anna Burton, from Lancashire in northwest England, said she came to the protest to call on big businesses to go carbon neutral and demand a better ecological future for her children. They have left us with no other option. "If we don't do anything to change this, our children will die".

While organisers encouraged people to set up camp in Hyde Park overnight into today, they were warned they could be breaking the law by doing so under Royal Parks legislation. No arrests have been made.

The Royal Parks said Extinction Rebellion had not asked for permission to begin their protests in Hyde Park and repeated camping is not allowed.

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