Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists have incorporated into their protests a correlation between “militarism and the climate and ecological emergence”, despite many on social media accusing the group of failing to address the issue.
A coalition of numerous organisation such as XR Peace, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Trident Ploughshares, and others have surfaced amongst XR’s ‘International Rebellion’ rallies, with recent actions taking place at Trafalgar Square on Thursday to highlight the military industry’s major contribution to global emissions.
The climate emergency and “ever-present risk of nuclear war” were “twin existential threats to human survival,” the group said in a statement.
Four activists from the anti-nuclear weapons campaign group, Trident Ploughshares, locked onto each other to help the organisation hold the occupation of Trafalgar Square on Thursday evening.
Sylvia Boyes of Keighley, 75, Eric Levy of London, 92, Jane Tallents of Scotland, 61, and Brian Larkin of Scotland, 59, took part in the demonstration on late Thursday.
A similar protest took place outside the Ministry of Defence in Whitehall Thursday Morning, where activists staged a die-in near the facility’s entrance. Ms Tallents and Mr Larkin were arrested with two others during the protest but were released later in the day.
One man, David Mackenzie, was dragged away from the steps during the rally. He said that the threat of climate change was a “planetary crisis”…