Extinction Rebellion blocks Glasgow road with 25ft pink boat

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The protest is part of the group's Summer Uprising campaign. 

15th July 2019 by Gavin Stuart 1 Comment

Extinction Rebellion activists have blocked a road in central Glasgow to draw attention to the threat of global warming.

The group used a 25ft pink boat to block off the eastbound Trongate between Albion Street and the High Street on Monday.

Activists from the climate change organisation played music and handed flyers to passers-by as part of a five-city “summer uprising” across the UK.

Similar action is being taken in London, Bristol, Cardiff and Leeds as Extinction Rebellion continues its campaign of peaceful protest against climate change.

Susana Hotham, from, Extinction Rebellion Scotland, said: “Climate change is here now and will continue to devastate people all over the world, affecting crop yields and droughts leading to the mass displacement of people.

“Inaction on the part of the government is robbing people all over the world of the human rights we claim to have at the forefront of our ideals.”

In a statement, the group demanded the UK Government take immediate action to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gases to net zero by 2025. 

A spokesperson said: “Parliament has announced a climate emergency, but the government is not taking the necessary decisive actions required by the crisis. Their 2050 net zero target is an alarmingly insufficient response for halting climate breakdown and biodiversity loss. By then it will be too late.

“Our current ecocidal economic system rewards the exploitation of people and planet. Our house is on fire. Politicians are ignoring the science as they encourage airport expansions, HS2, fracking, oil drilling and exploration while putting billions into new roads and subsidising investment into fossil fuels. Meanwhile, they block onshore wind installations and tax sustainable alternatives, but refuse to put ecocide into law.

“It is only by thinking big, by adopting meaningful measures to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025, protecting biodiversity, and making ecocide law, that the government can show itself to be on the right side of history.”

A large number of police were in attendance at the Glasgow protest. Motorists have been advised to avoid the area if possible. 

16th July 2019 by Lok Yue

Extinction Rebellion seems to have a barely nodding acquaintance with the truth. Since 1960 UK wheat yield has double and some crops quadrupled in spite of farmland being reclaimed to accommodate population growth vide https://ourworldindata.org/yields-and-land-use-in-agriculture . As to drought, since 2000, the linear trend in the data indicates that the overall proportion of the US experiencing no drought conditions increased from about 50% to about 60%. Source: U.S. Drought Monitor National Drought Mitigation Center University of Nebraska-Lincoln. By all means enjoy the right to peaceful protest but a. try dealing in facts not alarmist and unsubstantiated statements and b. try to think about people whose livelihood is dependant on getting to their places of work.