It’s been a while since we checked in on the Extinction Rebellion.
They’re the environmental activist group doing whatever it takes to make sure that governments don’t forget that if we don’t start taking global warming seriously, the planet could be doomed in a few decades.
In Britain, they’re particularly creative when it comes to their activism. They’ve poured buckets of “blood’ into the road outside 10 Downing Street, sung ‘Nelly The Elephant’ while half-naked in Parliament, and most recently, attempted to shut down an airport.
Hundreds of protesters gathered at London City Airport in protest of the impact of air travel.
Most notably, however, was bronze-medallist Paralympian James Brown’s contribution to the action.
The Times with this:
Scotland Yard has ordered a security review after a well-known Extinction Rebellion protester glued himself to the roof of a British Airways plane.
James Brown, who won a cycling bronze medal at the London 2012 Paralympics, was let through security at London City airport even though he was arrested at Heathrow last month during an attempt to shut it with toy drones.
Dame Cressida Dick, the Metropolitan Police commissioner, described his actions as “reckless, stupid and dangerous”.
According to Sky News, Brown agrees, but feels that the climate crisis far outweighs the risks he was taking:
“Okay, here I am, top of a f****** aeroplane at City Airport… I managed to get on the roof,” he said.
“Oh man I’m shaking… This is all about the climate and ecological crisis. We’re protesting at government inaction on climate and ecological breakdown. They declare a climate emergency and do nothing about it.”
Check it out:
Firefighters managed to remove Brown from the aircraft after a while, but not before his protest made headlines – and this is just the beginning.
Activists are beginning what they call a three-day “Hong Kong-style occupation of the terminal building” and say they want to stop flights by lying, sitting or gluing themselves in front of departure and arrival gates.
In a separate incident, a plane was forced to return to the terminal after a protester disrupted the flight in the most British and polite way ever. When the plane was ready for takeoff, the elderly passenger refused to take his seat.
He can be heard telling an air hostess: “I don’t wish to travel with you but I don’t wish to get off.”
He adds: “I’m extremely sorry for the inconvenience.”
It looks like it’s going to be a tough couple of days for London City Airport security.
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