EXTINCTION REBELLION has lashed out at the government over its slow response to their climate change protests, warning: “They’re simply not enough – we’re running out of time!”
For the past eight months, the climate change group has been protesting for Westminster to declare a climate and ecological emergency and to commit to reducing emissions down to net zero by 2025. Since taking its first public action on October 31, 2018, Extinction Rebellion has grown into a global movement with more than 360 groups across 59 countries. The group has significantly ramped up its demonstrations this year, with more than 1,000 protesters arrested at five sites across the capital in April, some of which bought public transport to a complete standstill.
The Metropolitan Police was left overstretched by the chaos, which cost the force around £16million.
Dozens more arrests, including those of a 14-year-old girl and 17-year-old boy in Westminster’s Parliament Square – were made last week at the conclusion of another Extinction Rebellion “summer uprising” aimed at causing disruption to Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds and London.
On Wednesday, demonstrators from Greenpeace tied to block the wide ceremonial avenue leading to Buckingham Palace as new Boris Johnson was being driven through it in a convoy to meet the Queen to officially soon in as Prime Minister.
But speaking to Express.co.uk, Extinction Rebellion member Zion Lights said although their message is partially getting through to the Government, there hasn’t been a quick enough response and soon it will be too late.
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The statements and promises from the Government are simply not enough and we are running out of time.— Zion Lights
The group member said: “It’s a slow process, but I think we’ve at least raised the alarm along with the school strikers.
“Although Parliament declared a climate emergency, the government is continuing with business as usual. We need to start paying attention to what scientists have been telling us for decades, and start acting on these recommendations now. The longer we wait to take drastic action the greater the risk that we trigger irreversible feedback loops and start down a road of runaway warming.” SOURCE