Climate activists block four of London’s busiest bridges
On Friday, British climate activist group Extinction Rebellion closed four of London‘s busiest bridges, shutting down traffic on the first day of the Easter bank holiday.
Activists blocked Blackfriars, Waterloo, Westminster and Lambeth bridges, which cross the Thames, Extinction Rebellion tweeted.
“Until our government acts now on the climate crisis disregarding expert advice, allowing more oil and gas drilling, locking up scientists, we have no choice but to disrupt,” did he declare.
“We are on track for catastrophic warming of 3°C” above pre-industrial levels, the group warned.
Such a figure would be well above the 2015 Paris climate agreement target of limiting temperature rise to between 1.5 and 2 degrees Celsius.
Nine scientists were arrested after a protest against the Energy Ministry on Wednesday and one went on a hunger strike the following day after not being released, the group said.
The Metropolitan Police said on Twitter they were aware of “pockets” of protests which were “causing delays and disruption in central London“, adding that officers were “working to manage the impact”.
The group has led a series of protests over the past week, including the closure of the iconic Tower Bridge last Friday.
Members of the group also targeted the headquarters of British energy giant Shell on Wednesday, and some stuck their hands to the building as they called on employees to quit their jobs.
The British government presented a new energy security strategy last week after the war in Ukraine and soaring inflation, with greater emphasis on nuclear and renewables, but also on oil from the sea. North.