The police London have arrested more than 1,000 protestors the past week. Many central London's busiest areas have been brought to a standstill as tens thousands of demonstrators staged peaceful protests bridges, landmarks and traffic intersections. The protestors are part the newly formed Extinction Rebellion. This is a movement focused bringing the UK government to declare climate change as a global emergency and to pass laws to considerably reduce the UK's carbon footprint. Campaigners have three key demands: the government to "tell the truth climate change"; to reduce carbon emissions to zero 2025; and to create a citizens' assembly to oversee progress.
The Swedish teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg met leaders the UK's main political parties Tuesday. The 16-year-old is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee. She is attributed starting the global school protests which students have been striking a greener planet. She told politicians that the future all the world's children had been "sold so that a small number people can make unimaginable amounts money". She added: "You don't listen to the science because you are only interested the answers that will allow you to carry as if nothing has happened." One protestor said: "I support Extinction Rebellion. Civil disobedience is important to show this is an emergency."