Current Protests in London Signify a Growing Global Dissatisfaction on Climate Change
The dangers of global climate change are causing serious human turbulence around the globe as people protest against the current situation and weak policies implemented by governments in the world. There is great dissatisfaction among many people regarding actions being taken to mitigate the effects of Climate Change and reverse the destructive trends to life on earth.
In the city of London, the capital and largest city within the United Kingdom, there have been major demonstrations, which, according to organizers, have attracted more than 30,000 people. On Monday, 7th October, there were more than 130 protesters arrested in London as they began setting camps around the city for bigger demonstrations.
Environmentalists and other concerned groups of people have dubbed the protests as a “rebellion against human and life extinction” on planet Earth. There are now strong signs that the protests and will spread to other parts of the world following recent climatic vagaries in various parts of the earth, causing major damages and losses of life.
For the London demonstrations, Hundreds of protesters blocked bridges and roads around the British capital Monday morning, with more disruptive actions in the works, including at London's City Airport and in the "new media" space, the group said. Some demonstrators brought supplies to camp out, while others just came to march for the day.
Protests in London signify a major kick-off of two weeks of demonstrations, demanding immediate action by the British government and the international community on climate change . Organizers said they expected large numbers of people to take part in the U.K. protests, and that similar actions would take place in various major cities around the world.
Extinction Rebellion was launched in 2018 and staged similar protests in London in April this year. Those demonstrations caused major disruption in the city and resulted in over 1,100 arrests. Similar demonstrations have already taken place in Berlin, Sydney, Amsterdam and Madrid my Monday October 7. With the organizers declaring that more are to be expected in up to 60 cities around the world, including New York and Washington, D.C., as part of what they called an "international rebellion."
"Police are really, really heavy on us," Sophie Cowen, a spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion, the group behind the protests, told CBS News, moments after a demonstrator was hauled off by police on London's Westminster Bridge. She said the group was committed to holding their positions.
"Parliament declared a climate and environment emergency in April and we've seen absolutely nothing since. So we're here again, and we're going to stay here until they actually do something. News. We're here because we are deeply concerned for the situation of the planet and people," Cowen told CBS News. "People have got their heads in the sand to what the situation is. It's really scary."
"If there was an outbreak of disease they would declare a public health emergency," Kath, who declined to share her last name, told CBS News. "But this is a public health emergency, and they aren't acting as fast as they should."
The Protests in London and other parts of the world are likely to continue and grow even bigger and more volatile as many people on the globe feel badly affected by the current climatic conditions.