The ever escalating ‘Extinction Rebellion’ activists took over part of the world-famous Natural History Museum this past weekend.
Approximately 100 people lay down under the blue whale skeleton that now features in the main hall where the diplodocus skeleton used to feature. It comes as more than 1,000 people have been arrested so far since the protests began last week.
The protesters have also been to Marble Arch, Oxford Street, Waterloo Bridge and Parliament Square amongst more. This is unprecedented and police have not dealt with a protest like this in some time.
Most of the protesters finished this particular protest, in which they ‘laid down’ ended within about 30 minutes.
Major of London Sadiq Khan said the protest was taking “a real toll” on London’s police and businesses.
“I’m extremely concerned about the impact the protests are having on our ability to tackle issues like violent crime if they continue any longer,” Said Khan.
About 9,000 police officers have been responding to the protest since it began a week ago on 15 April, a number that has not been seen for many years in the UK.
An Extinction Rebellion spokesperson warned that the disruption could get “much worse” if politicians are not open to their negotiation requests.
On the official Extinction Rebellion facebook page it states –
Climate breakdown and ecological collapse are a direct existential threat to us all. You, your family, and everything you love are at risk. Without immediate and decisive action, we face extinction.
‘The Extinction Rebellion is a necessity. Our political establishment has failed to protect its people from pollution, prevent further mass extinction of species on earth and prevent the possibility of human extinction in the near future. Therefore we must rebel to protect the livelihood of citizens and our natural world, or risk losing everything we cherish. ’
We are already in the 6th mass extinction of life on Earth, with 200 species lost every day. Every month, there is more extreme weather – floods, wildfires, droughts, and crop failures which could soon lead to famine. Hundreds of thousands of lives are lost to climate breakdown every year. Ecocidal industries continue to profit over this destruction without care for human or non-human life. The media have failed to tell you the full, brutal truth of how dire the environmental crisis is. And your government has failed to act accordingly, instead prioritising money and profit over life. They have us all headed for extinction – this toxic system is killing us.
Another world is possible, and the solutions are within reach. All that is missing is the political will, and a true democracy in which our voices are heard. To save ourselves, it’s going to take everything we’ve got. So we have to join together and act now, uniting in Rebellion to protect life on Earth.
On October 31st 2018 we declared ourselves in Rebellion against the Government for its criminal inaction on tackling climate breakdown and ecological collapse. We repeatedly shut down London’s streets and targeted government buildings with acts of mass civil disobedience, challenging and disrupting the Business-as-Usual that has us and nature headed for extinction.’