Extinction Rebellion: Talks with Michael Gove 'disappointing'

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Extinction Rebellion activists meet with Michael Gove

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Extinction Rebellion activists have claimed they will be forced to continue protests after a "disappointing" meeting with Michael Gove.

Five members of the campaign group met with the environment secretary in Westminster today to discuss their "demands", which include declaring a climate "emergency" and reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2025.

But the group said they felt frustrated with Mr Gove, despite the politician saying in an interview afterwards that the meeting had gone well.

"The rebellion has to continue because our demands have not been met," said 14-year-old Felix Ottaway O'Mahony, a member of Extinction Rebellion's youth branch.

"This meeting has been very disappointing, we've set no concrete demands, he hasn't accepted any of our demands, he's avoided our demands as a whole, he isn't going to declare a national emergency."

Mr Gove said he explained to the activists he was "not a fan of direct action", but agreed to meet with them again in a month's time.

"I think the situation is certainly a grave one, and I think that the most important thing is to ensure that our government acts. Politicians should be judged on actions not words," he added.

Extinction Rebellion activists also met with London Mayor Sadiq Khan yesterday, who branded them "allies".

The protesters brought London to a standstill during 10 days of demonstrations, which included vandalising buildings and gluing themselves to public transport.

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