Instead of the street actions that kept the police on edge and caused vehicular chaos in different parts of the city, the organization invited its activists to meet on Sunday in Hyde Park, in downtown London, to share their recent experiences.
Although we faced many challenges and a strong police reaction, we stayed focused on our goal and emphasized our message over and over again, the movement’s leadership assured on Twitter.
Extinction Rebellion carried out on Saturday the known ‘March for Nature,’ which went through several streets of downtown London demanding protection for the Amazon rainforest, indigenous peoples and wildlife.
Since August 23, and after several months of inactivity due to restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, the environmentalists protested at several spots in the city, including its financial district, where they demanded banks stop financing fossil fuel extraction companies.
According to the Metropolitan Police, 508 people were arrested during the demonstrations.
Even though the British government has pledged to reduce carbon gas emissions, which cause the known greenhouse effect, to zero by 2050, Extinction Rebellion considers that such goal is too far off.
The environmentalists are also demanding that the administration declares a climate emergency and allow citizens’ assemblies to be in charge of drawing up policies to protect the planet.