Extinction Rebellion to target London’s Stock Exchange

Extinction Rebellion to target London’s Stock Exchange

Extinction Rebellion (XR), the socio-political movement uses nonviolent resistance to protest against various issues such as climate breakdown, biodiversity loss, and the risk of human extinction and ecological collapse. It was established in the UK in May 2018. Reports of protests by the XR members on April 25 took place in London in order to curb down climate breakdown.

The climate protesters from XR glued themselves to the entrances of the London Stock Exchange as they carried out demonstrations. Seven men and women wore black suits and red ties glued themselves at the entrance of the building. The agenda behind this target was that the financial industry was responsible for funding climate and ecological destruction and they protested against companies and institutions that let this happen. XR demands the government must enact legally binding policy measures to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025 and also to reduce consumption levels. Later in the day the protestors also climbed up the roof of the DLR train at Canary Wharf bringing the service to halt and causing a disturbance to the day-to-day life of Londoners for a few hours. The protestors outside the building were arrested by the police the following morning. The demonstrations brought extensive coverage and fresh debate over the global climate crisis. On the previous night, the protestors had warned they would target the city and they would set up roadblocks at a few places.

The group wants the government to take action to address the climate emergency. They are also urging the government to declare a climate emergency to avoid what it calls the “sixth mass extinction” of species on Earth. At the end of their action, the protestors also thanked Londoners in a statement for cooperating with them and stated they do not really mean to bring any sort of inconvenience to them but it is only for the greater good. XR also indicated to expect more public action very soon and said there will be a closing ceremony too.