Wednesday, 18 September, 2019

Extinction Rebellion: Talks with Michael Gove 'disappointing'

Extinction Rebellion climate change activists paralysed parts of central London Extinction Rebellion climate change activists paralysed parts of central London
Sandra Phillips | 01 May, 2019, 02:23

The protesters brought London to a standstill during 10 days of demonstrations, which included vandalising buildings and gluing themselves to public transport.

Climate protest group Extinction Rebellion has said it was left "frustrated" by talks with environment minister Michael Gove today, because he would not declare a climate emergency.

The UK's chief advisory body on climate change is expected to recommend the.

But Dr Read, who used to be a Green city councillor for Wensum ward and is a lecturer in philosophy at the University of East Anglia, said afterwards: "The game seems to be up that the United Kingdom is a leader on climate change, the reality is we are just not".

But Sam Knights, who works on Extinction Rebellion's strategy team, said the refusal to declare a climate emergency was "not only a political failure, but a moral failure".

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Members of the Extinction Rebellion group met with Gove after orchestrating the biggest civil disobedience protests in Britain in decades by blocking some of London's most iconic locations including Marble Arch and Oxford Circus. If this happens, it might be easier for politicians to convince the more sceptical about the need to take climate action. But as the Labour leader who lost the 2015 election to David Cameron, he will also know that the public here are hostile to paying more green taxes and, in doing so, penalising the poor when the world's biggest polluters, like the United States of America and China, are such reluctant reformers.

They include declaring a national emergency on climate change, reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025 and establishing a Citizens Assembly for people to make decisions and suggest policies.

He made clear then that he was ready to meet the protesters, saying: "The point's been made, let's now have a serious conversation collectively about how we deal with this situation".

However, the MP for Hayes and Harlington did not agree to change the date in the Labour Party manifesto, which plans to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, but would consider a new target of 2030.

'We're glad that John McDonnell listened to the urgency of our demands but we need our politicians to be more ambitious. I was deeply moved a few weeks ago to see the streets outside this parliament filled with colour and noise by children on strike from school chanting "our planet, our future".

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