With climate change being one of the biggest global issues in the world right now, activist organisation ‘Extinction Rebellion’ are drawing attention to the issue, with significant protests.
The organisation was set up in September 2018 and has brought huge amounts of media coverage and public support to the issue of climate change in just a matter of months.
In November 2018, the organisation organised sit-ins on the bridges throughout central London and the protests led to significant road closures and disruption, resulting in over 80 arrests.
The 27th February 2019, saw the group protesting an oil conference at the InterContinental Park Lane Hotel in Mayfair. Protestors glued themselves to the windows of the hotel, protesting the effect the oil industry has on the environment, taking police over two hours to unstick them all.
London fashion week was also disrupted as protestors fought against the unsustainability of the fashion industry, blocking roads and making key people late for events. Alice Martin, 28, a publisher and supporter of ‘Extinction Rebellion’ said: ‘We’re doing what we came here to do. Streets are blocked across London. Participants of ‘Fashion Week’ are running late and, our friends at the British Fashion Council have said that everyone inside the venues and at the shows are talking about us.’
The 9th March saw ‘Extinction Rebellion’ activists pour over 200 litres of fake blood on the floor outside Downing Street. This was followed by a peaceful sit-down protest and speeches from children and young people.
Children have taken a lead in public politics in recent years, seeing young people standing up and speaking out on behalf of humanity.
10-year-old Hector said, ‘Many animals will go extinct if we do not act now. We have invested all our support in the government. But in our time of need, they have deserted us.’
Young people have taken to the limelight to fight for causes they’re passionate about, with Emma Gonzalez speaking out about gun control, following the mass shooting in a Florida high school. She told politicians ‘You’re either with us or against us… We are going to be the last mass shooting.’
Following the speech from 16-year-old Swede Greta Thunberg, who stood outside the Swedish Parliament building protesting climate change, children around the world walked out of school to protest our international leaderships’ ignorance of global warming.
As the recurring argument surrounding lowering the voting age to 16 continues to circulate, the role the youth are playing in current politics is something to keep an eye.
The 15th April, saw the union of the entire country, with extinction making national news as they formed their biggest protest to date.
Blocking roads, camping out on Oxford Street and causing chaos throughout the city, 290 activists were arrested; whilst 30 other cities around the world also held simultaneous protests.