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Protesters cited the need for more urgent climate action.
One told Sky News that they had to take more drastic action like blocking the bridges because other protests, marches, and letters to Members of Parliament had not achieved measurable progress.
“Nothing is being done of any real significance,” she said. “Our demand is the government must tell the truth about the crisis we’re in. And that includes working with communities to build resilience.” They are specifically targeting cars in an effort to get more Londoners to use mass transit, according to the BBC.
The BBC also reported that the Extinction Rebellion, which launched last year, has since then organized smaller protests that poured buckets of fake blood outside Downing Street, blockaded the BBC and stripped semi-naked in Parliament.
The three demands of the Extinction Rebellion are: for the government to “tell the truth about climate change”, to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2025, and to create a citizens’ assembly to oversee progress. The citizens’ assembly is a key component of their campaign. One of the founders of the organization told the BBC, “Let’s have people decide what matters most to them, is it the health and safety and the ability to feed their own kids or does it matter to them that they carry on having holidays and meat?”
Protesters have said these demonstrations and disruptions could go on for days or even weeks. The Extinction Rebellion organized similar protests in November of last year. Similar protests were held in 33 cities around the world.
Why This Matters: As if things were not enough of a mess in Britain already with the Brexit crisis, now, days of protests are bringing parts of London to a standstill. But, if you think this couldn’t happen here, think again. There were small Extinction Rebellion protests in several U.S. cities, including Washington, D.C., yesterday, and in Denver today they are holding a “funeral for the Earth.” There is a U.S. Chapter of the Extinction Rebellion, and many major cities have chapters as well. Extinction Rebellion protesters were arrested outside the Republican National Committee yesterday. There is a radical left of the climate movement, and it is not Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer World leaders from the Group of 7 countries wrapped up their first post-pandemic in-person summit on Sunday, and the climate crisis was one of the primary agenda items. The heads of state from the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Canada, Italy, and Japan (as well as the European Union) Agreed […]
The nation’s largest reservoir, Lake Mead, created by the Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, has reached record lows (at only 36% full) in the face of a severe drought sweeping the western U.S. The reservoir supplies drinking water for 25 million people in Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Tucson, Las Vegas, and more.
For generations, Native Alaskans have stored their food year-round in icy cellars that have been dug deep underground, but recently many of these cellars are either becoming too warm so that the food spoils or failing completely due to flooding or collapse Civil Eats’ Kayla Frost reported from Alaska. The cellars, known as siġluaqs, are usually about 10 to 20 feet below the surface and consist of a small room that used to be consistently about 10 degrees Fahrenheit year-round.
Why This Matters: The loss of these natural freezers could be devastating to Native Alaskans.
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