April 15 marked the commencement of Anti-climate change protests in London. Reports alleges, that it has ever since caused deployment of 9,000 police, arrests of 963 demonstrators in connection to the protests, in addition to official charge warrants against 40 people. The street demonstrations have interrupted with the capital’s daily operations and commute. The activists are determined to continue with the protests, until their demands are addressed by the government. Extinction Rebellion is the group behind the unwavering protests. They stand their ground and demands that the government declares a climate emergency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025. In week two since the commencement, however, the protestors are going to focus more on their actual political demands. This is to maintain their reputation of “a cohesive, long- term global force”, and to confirm that they are not some “flash in the pan.”
Since the past many weeks, rallies have been held at Marble Arch, Waterloo Bridge, Oxford Circus and Parliament Square. Reports suggest, police had approved demonstrations at Marble Arch, but 831 people were arrested on Sunday for protesting outside of the area.
In the wake of the situation, Swedish activist, Greta Thunberg, assured hundreds of Londoners on Sunday, that their efforts will bear fruit. Week long climate change protest will positively “make a difference”, she mentioned in a statement. She encouraged the crowd to strive consistently in a collective fight towards saving the planet. Thunberg also touched upon the issue of political dominancy and its comfortable silence and ignorance on questions based on climate exploitation.
The 16-year-old Greta Ernman Thunberg is a role model for worldwide student activism. She is known for her initiative of school strike for climate movement in Stockholm, which was formed in November 2018. The movement surged globally after the COP24 conference in December which took place in the same year. Thousands of students at schools around the world supported Thunberg’s vision and have since imitated the initiative. It is known as the “Friday for Futures.” As a part of this movement students skip school every Friday to attend local demonstrations for climate change.