‘Rebel or sink’: Rallies against government inaction on climate change go global

Extinction Rebellion protests near Waterloo Bridge, central London. So far in the UK, Extinction Rebellion has counted 222 arrests and thousands have said they will go to prison to demand action on climate change. Image: Kevin Wing People in cities around the world have taken to the streets to protest against the inaction of their governments to confront climate change. Environmental civil disobedience movement Extinction Rebellion (XR), which started in the United Kingdom in October last year , has spread to more than 40 countries including India, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Solomon Islands, where protesters are blockading major roads in city centres to demand action on what the group calls “the global climate and ecological emergency.” Carbon & Climate The group believes that governments have not done enough to protect their people from climate change—and mass civil disobedience is the best way to change climate policy. “We are facing environmental breakdown and nothing remotely proportionate is being done about it,” one protester told The Guardian newspaper . When you look at the facts, this [climate change] is happening now and the government response is utterly woeful.” The “international rebellion” began on 15 April and is to run for […]

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