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UK NewsExtinction Rebellion: why climate change activists are protesting outside newspaper offices

20:50  19 july  2019
20:50  19 july  2019 Source:   inews.co.uk

Extinction Rebellion activists stop the traffic for eight minutes on busy city centre street

Extinction Rebellion activists stop the traffic for eight minutes on busy city centre street They passed out buns and cakes to drivers asking them to turn off their engines . Pictured is Extinction Rebellion member asnwering questions from drivers as they waited for the protest to end. ***NO FEE*** Photography: Conor Healy / Picture It Photography Extinction Rebellion activists stopped the traffic for eight minutes on Tara Street this afternoon. Protesters from the group passed out buns and cakes to drivers before asking in a show of supports with the climate activists.

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Extinction Rebellion (XR) protesters gathered  today outside Northcliffe House, London, home to several of the UK's national newspapers including i, calling on them to formally declare a climate emergency and support the movement.

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The non-violent, climate resistance group came with a list of demands, a flurry of banners, paper skeletons, and a classical band to play a “requiem” for the planet.

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They were there partly to pay their respects to the “400,000 people who died from climate related causes last year” and to the more than 800 species that have gone extinct in the last century.

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Spokesperson Donnachadh McCarthy, told i: “Our first demand is for the government to declare a climate emergency and to work with the media to tell the truth.

"We believe it's crucial for the media to be on board, to educate the public on the depth of the crisis and how we can take action on it.”

Other demands included dedicating columns or programming to climate issues, inviting scientists to come and educate reporters about the ecological crisis, “creating social permission” for ultra-low carbon lifestyles to be seen as the norm and for consumerism to be reduced.

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'Mixed messages'

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Extinction Rebellion protesters during a London demonstration earlier in the year (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Mr McCarthy added they wanted the press to stop "promoting high carbon lifestyles" through advertising and to stop sending out "mixed messages".

"There's no point telling the public that unless we take radical action in the next three years we face extinction, then on the next page telling people to have loads of meat, fly to loads of holidays and have six cars. It's really crucial that the media stop giving mixed messages," he said.

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They also called on the press to commit to being zero carbon by 2025 and to sign up to a green electricity tariff.

We spoke to some of the protesters, who ranged from teenagers to retired older people, to find out more about who they were, what mattered to them and why the were protesting.

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Meet the protesters

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Rianka Gill

Gill, 20, is a drama and creative writing student from London, and a part-time bookkeeper.

"The media are responsible for everything in the public eye and they are not doing enough. I am 20 and my Instagram story has more than they have ever had in their newspapers.

"I don't think XR is portrayed very well in the media, it's portrayed as lots of middle-aged, white hippies who are very rich. Yesterday, I was giving out a leaflet and a woman told me to get a job - I have a job and I'm a student too.

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"There is nothing else I would rather spend my time on - if I'm not here, I'm at home feeling guilty and anxious.

"Personally, I try to reduce plastic use, take public transport, buy things from sustainable brands and never buy fast fashion but only second hand clothes."

Freya Freeman-Taylor

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Freeman-Taylor, 18, from Hertfordshire, first got involved with XR after a school strike, joined XR Youth, and set up her own local group.

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Extinction Rebellion protesters have decided when they're leaving Cardiff The main road past Cardiff Castle has been closed for three days

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"I feel that a lot of the newspapers don't tell the truth about the climate emergency, they make people think they don't have to do anything, that there isn't an emergency and that China's all to blame.

"Actually, I think there is something we can do. I think the government's pledge of reaching net zero emissions by 2050 is far too late as we would have lost too much biodiversity to reverse the ecological breakdown. I think that should be moved to 2025.

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"I don't feel that there will be any difference [with a new political leader] unless there is a massive shift of power to the people. The individuals at the top won't be affected because they are far too rich and can afford to move to a country where there isn't an ecological crisis."

Charlie Grafton

Grafton, 74, is a retired art therapist from Southend. He has taken part in many XR actions, has done non-violent action training and started a local XR group in Southend.

"We are doing this for the next generation and generations to come.

"My lifetime will be over very shortly and I won't be experiencing the worst of what's to come. I want to alleviate it. I have been aware of what's been happening throughout my lifetime but I haven't done enough.

"I think all of my generation know that we haven't done enough, so that's why I want to devote my energy to it.

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Former police chief says Extinction Rebellion are 'hardcore anarchists' who 'seduce people into becoming criminals' A former police chief ha described environmental campaigners Extinction Rebellion as “hardcore anarchists” in a blistering attack. Richard Walton, the former Head of the Counter Terrorism Command, said ordinary people were being “seduced” by the protest group into becoming criminals. Speaking as Extinction Rebellion launched a ‘summer uprising’ across major UK cities, Mr Walton told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I though it would be just like any other environmentalist group. Sadly after a lot of deep research it’s very clear that they’re a hardcore anarchist group that want to break up our democracy. © Provided by Oath Inc.

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Extinction Rebellion protesters , activists and legal observers have told Guardian reporters some One legal observer said the diminishing capacity might be a reason why police were arresting There is a sense the Extinction Rebellion protests are being policed with a strict adherence to guidelines

"Our politics and institutions are not very flexible so I think it's going to take a lot. We're kind of set in our ways."

Donnachadh McCarthy

McCarthy, 60, is a spokesperson for XR and an eco-auditor who advises charities and businesses on how to be more green.

"Unless we take radical action immediately, the future for our kids is looking bleak.

"We have already lost 60 per cent of nature in my lifetime, we are losing one to two per cent a year – at that rate, what will be left for the next generation? We are saying to the media this is a World War 2 level of crisis.

"The media were crucial for Britain surviving WW2, they are now crucial in surviving climate extinction. The press have recognised we are ordinary people who are so desperate at the lack of action that we're coming out in the streets.

"In my own lifestyle, my house is the first in London to sell electricity to the grid, I have solar panels on my roof, I have a rain harvester for my loo and I have triple-glazed windows.

"I create about half a wheelie bin of rubbish a year as most of my shopping is done in shops without plastic wrapping or I go to the farmer's market and take bags with me.

"I'm also vegetarian, I don't have a car and I don't fly for my holidays."

Joseph Michan

Michan, 61, from Bishop Storford is part of the direct action Buddhist group and Dharma Action Network for Climate Engagement as well as XR. He is a psychotherapist and mindfulness teacher.

"We're a Buddhist group that are bringing into the public sphere and into protest, the Buddhist principles of peace and of the reality of 'interconnectedness'.

The party atmosphere overnight during Extinction Rebellion's Castle Street protest

The party atmosphere overnight during Extinction Rebellion's Castle Street protest Demonstrators danced and had fun in the city centre until the early hours of this morning

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The Extinction Rebellion protest outside Heathrow airport. Youth activists have taken the Extinction Rebellion protests to Heathrow on the fifth day of action, demonstrating beside the main roundabout The protesters said they were risking arrest to highlight the dangers of climate change .

"As long as we believe we are somehow separated from the natural world, then we're free to dump on it, pollute it and destroy it.

"The Buddhist understanding that all things are connected, which is very much in line with the XR approach, really guides you to the reality that you can't do that without massive consequences to yourself.

"I don't really care which government is in power, though my sense is that the Left is more likely to do something. I don't see any obvious signs of Boris Johnson being massively enthusiastic about the climate crisis, mainly because of the predominance of Brexit.

"What matters to me is that whoever's in power grasps the gravity [of the situation].

"The key goals today are to get newspapers to devote more column inches to the climate crisis."

Annabel Gregory

Gregory, 69, is a retired computing adviser from London. She has taken part in several XR protests.

"We want the media to give details about what's happening in the climate and not to undermine it.

"There are lots of ways of undermining the climate issue apart from denying its existence, like saying it would undermine the UK economy [to do something about it], when it won't.

"I think its our duty as retired people to step forward for our daughters and grandchildren.

"The police don't want to arrest people, they're really nice, but because I'm retired I don't have to worry about getting to work the next day, I don't have to worry about being employable."

Jessica Makins

Makins, 34, is a garden designer from London. This is her first XR protest - she has joined her stepmother who is a musician in the band.

"We also want scientists who know the facts and aren't involved in politics or business to come and share what the reality of the situation is.

"We also want social permission for low carbon lifestyles, which refers to the media's influence on how people view how they should be living; what they should be buying, how they should be dressing and what's cool.

"If the media can infiltrate the climate message within that, we can work towards a greener future and still have a really nice life.

"We don't need to stop doing the things we love, if people like celebrity gossip there's nothing wrong with that, [celebrities] could even become role models."

Extinction Rebellion Calls Off Plans To Disrupt Heathrow Airport With Drones This Autumn.
Climate change campaigners have called off proposals to disrupt London’s Heathrow Airport using drones this autumn. Extinction Rebellion said plans to use small drones to bring about “day after day” of chaos across two weeks later this year, first reported by HuffPost UK, were too “divisive”. The group – which blocked off large parts of central London in April – said in a statement that it had “decided that the action will neither be condoned nor supported as designed”. It said disagreement with the group’s younger members, known as XR Youth, had revealed “ageism” within its decision-making structures.

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