XR protests put climate 'crisis' at centre of media agenda

XR protests put climate 'crisis' at centre of media agenda

Friday, April 26, 2019

A climate change activist has said that the Extinction Rebellion protests have put the “crisis of climate breakdown at the heart of the media agenda”.

The protests in London lasted for ten days before coming to an end on Thursday afternoon.

The climate change activists had blocked major roads in the capital with almost 1,130 people having been arrested during the protests which started on April 15, while more than 10,000 police officers have been deployed.

Donnachadh McCarthy told talkRADIO’s Dan Wootton: “We decided to wind them down after an extraordinary ten days where we put the global crisis of climate breakdown at the heart of the political landscape and media agenda. It was a really important event.

“We are a group of volunteers and obviously it takes a huge amount of energy to stage a protest like we have. It has been unprecedented.”

Dan suggested that the protesters were a “bad representation” of the UK and the activists should instead concentrate on countries such as India and China.

Mr McCarthy responded: “The UK historically has one of the largest carbon emissions and the UK’s carbon emissions are only down 10 per cent since 1990.”

“Integrity is important. If Britain is going to say to the world that we all need to cut our carbon emissions down to less than one tonne per person we must put our own house in order,” he added.

“Britain is one of the centres of the financial fossil fuel industry and our government is promoting fossil fuels across the world. Britain has a massive duty to lead by example.”

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