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September 1, 2020, 07.19 PM

LONDON, – Extinction Rebellion activists gathered in London’s Parliament Square, Cardiff, and Manchester kicking off two weeks of planned large-scale action.

The group stood outside Britain’s parliament calling on the UK government to take drastic actions to prevent a climate catastrophe.

Tuesday’s event was the first to be held by Extinction Rebellion since earlier protests were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Extinction Rebellion says an emergency response and mass move away from polluting industries and behaviors is needed to avert a looming climate cataclysm.

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Lawmakers returned to Westminster on Tuesday after a summer recess, and the activists are lobbying them to support a "Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill" and a citizens' assembly to discuss new approaches to tackling climate change.

"The government is failing to do what's necessary to keep people safe. We are here, taking action because their criminal negligence is putting lives at risk," the group said on its website.

"We refuse to be bystanders and wait for this emergency to push beyond the point of no return."

Last week organizers said that other "institutions of power" would be targeted in the coming days, adding that they would encourage protesters to respect social distancing in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Police late on Monday placed restrictions on where protestors could gather and said they must follow the rules or be liable to arrest.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that climate activists should be "jumping for joy" at the government's climate record, and on Tuesday said new policy announcements would be made in the autumn.

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"From this crisis we will build back better in this country, we will build back faster and we will build back greener," Johnson told senior ministers ahead of a cabinet meeting.

"And there will be a lot more to come about the way in which this government is going to lead a new green industrial revolution for the UK."

(Writers: Alistair Smout, Paul Sandle | Editor: Estelle Shirbon)


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