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

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

Protesters then gathered outside Oxford Circus Tube station around a bright pink boat, where some used makeshift devices to lock their arms together.

Environmental protesters have mobilized to take over five of London's most iconic locations, bringing streets to a standstill, with the aim of forcing the United Kingdom government to take serious action on the "global climate emergency".

Extinction Rebellion said: "We've tried petitions, marches, letters, reports, papers, meetings, even direct actions; and global emissions have continued to rise".

At 11am, activist group Extinction Rebellion plans to block five busy locations in central London including Parliament Square, peacefully stopping traffic and kicking off a "festival" of protests including people's assembles, talks and performances. Extinction Rebellion have organised a nationwide week of action, they are calling for a full-scale Rebellion to demand decisive action from governments on climate change and ecological collapse.

Speaking at a meditation on the eve of the protests, Dr Williams said humans had declared war on nature.

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Demonstrators arrived at London's Hyde Park on Sunday, some having journeyed to the city on foot in recent weeks from various parts of the United Kingdom for what is described as an "International Rebellion". Monday will see protesters in around 80 cities in more than 33 countries hold similar demonstrations on the same environmental issues, campaigners say.

Demonstrators began arriving in Hyde Park on Sunday and while organisers encouraged people to set up camp there overnight, they have been warned they could be breaking the law by doing so under Royal Parks legislation.

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

Extinction Rebellion said protests would continue throughout the week "escalating the creative disruption across the capital day by day".

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