Extinction Rebellion to stage rush hour protest over air pollution

Extinction Rebellion will block London roads on Friday

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Climate change activists will “swarm” roads in Lewisham in south-east London tomorrow to pressure the government over air quality.

Campaigners from Extinction Rebellion are responding an inquest into whether the death of a nine-year-old girl who lived in the area was linked to air pollution.

Ella Kissi-Debrah died in 2013 after having an asthma attack, and in November last year London mayor Sadiq Khan called Lewisham’s air quality a “health crisis”.

The group has warned that drivers heading towards central London on the A205 South Circular in Catford, on the A21 at Lewisham station, and on the A2 in Deptford will face delays.

The traffic will be blocked for up to seven minutes at a time between 7.30am and 9am.

Extinction Rebellion spokeswoman Lorna Green said she understands the protest will frustrate motorists.

“The aim is not to make life harder for ordinary people, we've all got jobs too and we know how annoying this is,” she said.

“It's about forcing our politicians to confront the truth that our children are literally dying to breathe.”

In April Extinction Rebellion brought parts of central London to a standstill.

And more than 1,000 people were arrested after protesters glued themselves to trains and parked a boat in the middle of Oxford Circus.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police Service told talkRADIO it was “aware of a demonstration” and officers are “ready to respond to any incidents that may arise”.

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