The deputy leader of the Green Party has said that environmental protesters, who continue to disrupted traffic in London, are “ordinary people who need to be heard”.
Starting on Monday morning, Extinction Rebellion activists blocked five London locations, including Parliament Square and Piccadilly Circus.
Protesters have warned that they will continue to cause disruption until their demands are met, which include the government committing to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2025.
Amelia Womack told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer that the protests were “peaceful”, despite over 100 protesters being arrested since the disruption began.
She said the demonstrations were needed “to take action now to ensure that we mitigate against the worst effects of climate change.
“The UN has said that we have just 11 years to take action.”
She added: “What you have is ordinary people who feel like they need to be heard.”
Julia dismissed the time frame saying the UN has been saying that “for years”.
She added: “What about people’s need to get to work and get paid?”
Ms Womack said that people were still able to get around London but protesters “are making sure that we are keeping climate change on the agenda.”
The Green Party deputy leader added: “Protesting is a key part of our democracy. We have a proud tradition of protesting in our country; from the Chartists to the Suffragettes.”
Columnist James Delingpole also spoke to Julia about the continuing climate change protests.
He said: “It is not so much that they want to save the planet – that is secondary – what they want to do is end western industrial civilisation.
“They want to bomb the capitalist economy back to the dark ages. They don’t believe in economic growth.”