Extinction Rebellion activists cause disruption across London in climate change protests

Thousands of people have joined a ‘climate rebellion’ in London, blocking traffic and demanding action over the escalating ecological crisis. Protests and blockades took place across the capital in what organisers hope will be a protest lasting several days, calling on the government to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2025 and establish a citizens’ assembly to devise an emergency action plan. At 11am on Monday, protesters set up camps and roadblocks at Marble Arch, Oxford Circus, Waterloo Bridge, Parliament Square and Piccadilly Circus. The roadblocks are planned to continue around the clock for at least a week in a protest reminiscent of the Occupy London camp outside St Paul’s Cathedral in 2011-12.