Extinction Rebellion will reportedly end its blockades of Marble Arch and Parliament Square on Thursday, April 25. April 15 marked the commencement of the anti-climate change protests in London. After unwavering protests to address climate change, the group will allegedly hold a closing ceremony in Hyde Park at 5 pm on Thursday.
Extinction Rebellion (XR) stood their ground and demanded that the government declares a climate and ecological emergency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025. The protestors had targeted key areas of central London including Waterloo Bridge, Parliament Square, Piccadilly Circus, Oxford Circus, and Marble Arch.
During their ten-day protest, the group drew attention internationally for its efforts. In the wake of the situation, Swedish activist, Greta Thunberg also extended her support to the group and lauded their endeavor. The activist group in return appreciated Thunberg for her visit to the UK, “and the pivotal role she has played in putting the future of young people at the heart of this international movement for change”, quoted a statement. Moreover, 30,000 new volunteers have joined the environmental brigade. Reports suggest, XR has raised almost £200,000 – through donations of between £10 and £50, with a total amount of £365,000 since January.
Although XR’s disruptive action drew criticism from some quarters and the government has refused to meet directly with the protest group, the environmentalist group has gained widespread support from across the political community. Earlier this week, reports allege, qualified backing of Labour for the group. The XR has also won back up of the business community, which holds leading green business figures. The CBI also said in a statement that the protest group was “asking all the right questions”. The CBI’s which represents 190,000 UK companies, can prove substantial for XR.
The XR is however voluntarily leaving its bastions and addresses supporters “to expect more actions very soon”. As reports suggest, the Committee on Climate Change will deliver a highly anticipated report next week. The report will allegedly address UK’s ability to set a net zero emission target for the middle of the century. Hasn’t XR exited at a crucial time? One cannot help but wonder.