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Extinction Rebellion protests

Lexie Harrison-Cripps | London, United Kingdom

Dozens of Extinction Rebellion protestors staged a ‘die-in’ at the Natural History museum in order to raise awareness for Climate Change and to ask the public and politicians to change their behaviors. 4 sites in London were brought to a standstill by thousands of protestors staging ‘peaceful protests’. The sites were Marble Arch, Oxford Circus, Waterloo Bridge and Parliament Square.

In April 2019, thousands of Extinction Rebellion protestors, professionally and efficiently closed down 4 major sites in London.In the space of a few minutes, protestors had moved into the roads of Marble Arch, Oxford Circus, Waterloo Bridge and Parliament Square.Traffic was unable to pass.The streets that were closed to traffic became locations for parties, decorations, steel drum bands and celebration.Air pollution levels dropped.Although there was widespread support for the movement, some Londoners expressed frustration at having their commutes disrupted.

Extinction Rebellion has three demands.

1. To tell the truth about climate change;

2. that the government should 'act now' and

3. that the government should be led by 'citizens assemblies' to ensure that the people's voices are heard.

I followed the rebellion from start to finish in London, from the closure of the streets to the peacefully withdraw from London before losing public support.

I'm a documentary photographer and photojournalist working for Press Association and SOPA Images.  I'm currenlty working on a project to show the life of a refugee in Greece.




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