Extinction Rebellion Marches on Buckingham Palace
Over 1,000 protesters from the environmental campaign group Extinction Rebellion came together this weekend in Central London to demand environmental justice and demand legislative action to confront climate breakdown and the global biodiversity crisis.
The Extinction Rebellion campaign has mobilised thousands of activists across the UK to participate in acts of mass civil disobedience, causing major disruptions across London and forcing the country to pay attention to the environmental catastrophe we face. This Saturday's protests blocked Parliament Square, marched on Buckingham Palace and finally went on to block Westminster Bridge. We marched clad in black as a funeral procession, with memorials that were stacked at the Palace gates for all that has been lost and all we might lose if governmental inaction continues. Saturday's demonstration follows 2 weeks of action organised by Extinction Rebellion. Last weekend, 6,000 people gathered on London's 5 major bridges, blocking all roads across the Thames river and creating gridlock in the city centre in one of the biggest acts of peaceful civil disobedience in the UK in decades.
Some have criticised the movement for the disruptions caused, but the organisers argue that "the 'social contract' has been broken...it is therefore not only our right but our moral duty to bypass the government's inaction and flagrant dereliction of duty and to rebel to defend life itself."
In their declaration of rebellion, read aloud by all who participated this weekend at the gates of Buckingham Palace, Extinction Rebellion "call[s] upon every principled and peaceful citizen to rise with [them]." The declaration ends with the following, "we act in peace, with ferocious love of these lands in our hearts. We act on behalf of life."