Protesters walk on the blocked Waterloo Bridge in London on Wednesday. Associated Press
This week, we have seen protesters led by activist group Extinction Rebellion cause disruption to London commuters as they try to wake everyone up to the fact that climate change is happening and that we’d probably better do something about it before we all drown with our eyeballs on fire.
Across the UK today, in one hundred and eighteen cities, towns and villages, young people are walking out of their schools and colleges to demonstrate for action against climate change. It’s the latest in a series of school climate strikes inspired by Greta Thunberg. These demonstrations, emerging spontaneously and spreading virally, have had a dramatic impact on politics around the world but they are also a phenomenon that needs explaining. They beg the question: why have young people taken the lead on climate action?
Thousands of environmental activists paralysed parts of central London on Monday by blocking Marble Arch, Oxford Circus and Waterloo Bridge in a bid to force the government to do more to tackle climate change.
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