Extinction Rebellion is an international sociopolitical movement based in London, they tackle ecological problems like climate change and biodiversity. On 7th October 2019, they began their two-week climate change demonstration protest in central London.

Who is the Extinction Rebellion?

Extinction Rebellion is an international sociopolitical movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience in an attempt to put an end to mass extinction and reduce the risk of ecological collapse. Extinction Rebellion began their first demonstration on the 31st of October 2018 in Parliament Square, called 'Declaration of Rebellion' against the UK government.

There were 1,500 people who attended their first protest.

The main objective of this organization is to conduct peaceful demonstrations about important issues across the world without the use of violence. They want to educate the protesters as well as government bodies on the issues that are affecting the earth such as climate change.

Extinction Rebellion climate change protest in London

Thousands of climate change activists have blocked parts of the Westminster area in London. They have set up camps with tents and have also made banners to commence the start of the two-week-long protest in the UK. According to Police officials, they have already arrested 280 demonstrators during the protest.

The demonstrators shut down the roads in the House of Parliament and Whitehall in London. Areas such as Westminster, Lambert Bridges, Victoria Street, and Horse Guards House have been affected by the protest causing standstill traffic in those areas.

The two-week peaceful and non-violent protest will be held in more than 60 cites around the world.

Last month, millions of people around the world took part in a demonstration for climate change. They were inspired by the sixteen-year-old climate change activist Greta Thunberg, who also is an avid supporter of the Extinction Rebellion.

Mark Rylance, Juliet Stevenson, Ruby Wax, and Daisy Lowe were among the UK celebrities who participated in the demonstration.

Mark Rylance shared a couple of words to the Extinction Rebellion protesters at St James Park. “People have been saying to me, it doesn’t make a difference having a celebrity joining the protests. But I want people to know climate change protesters aren’t hippies. I am confident these protests are going to lead to a solid change,” the Independent UK reported.

The demonstrators are calling on the governments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2025 and put a stop of loss in biodiversity. They also want to see the government create plans on tackling the issues of climate change and ecological biodiversity.