The Extinction Rebellion group renews protests

Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds and London are the targeted ones for group's "Summer uprising"

Environmental activists from the Extinction Rebellion group took the streets of five British cities on Monday in a new wave of action, aimed at forcing the government to act to help avert climate change. As part of the so-called "Summer uprising" in all the targeted cities, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds and London, a large boat with the words “ACT NOW!” is to be unveiled. The protests will continue until 19 July, event pages on social media state.

“Through a host of non-violent protests, communities around the UK will be coming together to stage a series of creative acts of civil-disobedience – blocking specific locations, bridges and roads – while also holding talks, workshops, trainings, family friendly activities, peoples’ assemblies and more,” Extinction Rebellion said in a statement.

“This emergency mobilization of ordinary citizens, driven to action by the threat of climate breakdown and ecological collapse, will demand the government take immediate action to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gases to net zero by 2025,” the group added.

The group garnered massive publicity back in April when it disrupted London with 11 days of protests, casting the biggest act of civil disobedience in recent British history. Iconic locations were blocked, the Shell building defaced, trains stopped and Goldman Sachs targeted. The aim was through non-violent civil disobedience the governments to be forced to cut carbon emissions and avert a climate crisis that is expected to bring starvation and social collapse.

Now, Bristol said it had closed Bristol Bridge due to the protests and South Wales Police said roads in Cardiff city center were blocked. Outside the Royal Courts of Justice in central London, activists already parked the blue boat and sat on the road doing yoga.

The demands remain the same - the government to declare a climate and ecological emergency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025 and create a citizen’s assembly of members of the public to lead on decisions to address climate change.

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