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Extinction Rebellion Climate Protests Take Over UK

The Extinction Rebellion also called XR, is a socio political movement with the aim of using civil disobediences and nonviolent resistance to protest against climate breakdown, biodiversity loss and the risk of ecological and social collapse.

It was established in the UK in May 2018 with about 100 academics that signed a call to action in support in October 2018. The movement was launched at the end of October by Roger Hallam, Gail Bradbrook, Simon Bramwell and many other activists from the group called Rising Up!

In November 2018, 5 bridges across the Thames River in London were blocked.In April 2019 Extinction Rebellion occupied 5 prominent sites in central London, namely: Piccadilly Circus, Oxford Circus, Marble Arch, Bridgend and the area around Parliament Square. The aim of Extinction Rebellion is to rally support globally around a common sense of urgency in order to tackle the rapid climate changes that we are experiencing currently. Many of the activists in the group accept imprisonment and arrest. The movement also uses a circled hourglass with they recognise as the Extinction Symbol; it gives a dire warning – the time is running out for many species, and it is running out fast.

Rebellion Climate Protests

(Source: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/lesterfeder/extinction-rebellion-summer-uprising)

Billy Bragg Says He Is Happy To Have Been A Part Of Extinction Rebellion 2019

The 61 year old music maestro prasied the youngsters in Bristol for taking part in the protest for Extinction Rebellion. He did not speak much about the road closure issues that were caused as protestors pretty much took over London, concrete in the aim that they want to raise awareness and create a sense of urgency among the public to act now. Bragg spoke to crowds on Bristol Bridge before performing at a packed College Green in the afternoon. The singer-songwriter told Bristol Live he was “glad” younger people were at the forefront of the movement calling for action over climate change.

According to Bristol Live Billy Bragg also stated that he was delighted to find out that so many of the activists were youngsters from Bristol. He had stated, “I’m really pleased to be told what to do by people who are still in their teens. I’ve waited a long time for these people – I’m so glad they’re here.” He also addressed the crowds gathered at the Bristol Bridge which was closed until Friday. He dismissed any suggestions that the residents of the city will be unhappy with delays while commuting.

Here are some highlights from the protests.

Protestors super glued themselves to the entrance of London Stock Exchange

London Stock Exchange

(Source: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/lesterfeder/extinction-rebellion-summer-uprising )

Protestors also choregraphed a stunning number for the closing ceremony at Hyde Park

Protestors

(Source: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/lesterfeder/extinction-rebellion-summer-uprising )

The methods of Extinction Rebellion may have raised more than just a few brows, but their message stands strong and clear. It is time to act and we must do it now, before we use up all of our planet’s resources and go extinct ourselves. Your thoughts and actions as an individual can make a change. Your environmental awareness could tip the balance of the eco scales to the positive side. Your efforts are priceless, so work for the planet, because Earth works for us, every day, every second, in complete silence.

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