Extinction Rebellion has warned it will set up blockades in Westminster to prevent MPs from returning to work. A statement on its website said: “We’re not going to let them back in until they agree to start anew with justice, care and life at the heart of it. From September 1 we will peacefully blockade the UK Parliament in London until they promise that the first thing they’ll do is debate our three demands.”
Extinction Rebellion said its first demand was for the Government to declare a climate and ecological emergency and work with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change.
The second demand is for the Government to act immediately to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.
And the group’s third demand is the creation of a “Citizens’ Assembly” on climate and ecological justice.
Organisers said the protests would not just be focused on London and with planning underway for action in Cardiff, northern Engand and Scotland.
They also said a “Countdown to Rebellion” starting 28th August 28 would see local groups around the country encouraged to cause high impact disruption in their own regions.
Extinction Rebellion said: “We are at an intersection of global crises. Climate breakdown, COVID-19, racial injustice – all are symptoms of a toxic system that is driving us to extinction – a system built on economic inequality, extraction, the destruction of nature, and exploitation.
“We cannot carry on like this. The system is killing us.
“2020 has been a year of tipping points. Everywhere you look, a collective rage is growing.
“The social contract between the Government and its citizens is broken. Enough is enough.
“We have an opportunity now as we emerge from the pandemic to make the change necessary, but business-as-usual is fighting to regain its hold. We can’t let that happen.”
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