THE environmental protesters who brought central London to a standstill this April launched their ‘summer uprising’ yesterday, occupying parts of five major cities.
Extinction Rebellion has begun a series of ‘creative acts of civil disobedience’ by blocking locations in Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds and London, and urging the government to halt wildlife losses and cut greenhouse gases to net zero by 2025.
Protesters in each city unveiled a large coloured boat, all named after an environmental activist, with the message ‘Act Now’ painted on it.
In London, activists gathered outside the Royal Courts of Justice with their blue vessel, called the Polly Higgins in honour of an environmental lawyer who died this year. They are calling for the cases against more than 1,000 of the April protesters to be dropped.
In Cardiff, the group moored a green boat outside Cardiff Castle, also setting up camp opposite City Hall.
Stephen Lingwood, 37, from Extinction Rebellion Cardiff, said: ‘We’re at the beginning of the sixth mass extinction and a climate genocide and the government’s inaction is, in my view, criminally irresponsible.’
In Glasgow, activists used a 25ft purple boat to block Trongate. ‘The future you fear is already here,’ was one of the messages it bore.
Protesters also took over Bristol Bridge with a pink boat bearing the motif ‘Tell The Truth’, while in Leeds the financial district was targeted, with a ‘Planet Before Profit’ yellow vessel docked at Victoria Bridge.