Civil disobedience group Extinction Rebellion lay out 1,500 pairs of children's shoes in Trafalgar Square on Monday in a protest to demand the government adopts a climate-friendly economic recovery plan. Reuters
In the shadow of Nelson's Column, Extinction Rebellion activists lined up the shoes across the square and unfurled a banner reading "Covid Today > Climate Tomorrow > Act Now."
"Extinction Rebellion are calling on the government to act on the climate crisis during the coronavirus recovery so children and young people aren't left to suffer a deeper crisis," the group said.
The shoes, arranged across the paving of the near-deserted central London tourist attraction, were donated by people across the city and will be given to Shoe Aid following the action.
Extinction Rebellion wants to bring major change to the political, economic and social structure of the modern world in time to avert the devastation predicted by scientists studying climate change.
It says it wants non-violent civil disobedience to force governments to cut carbon emissions and avert a climate crisis it says will bring starvation and social collapse.
"Many young people feel suffocated by fear of what is to come, and now with this pandemic, maybe others will start to understand our fear for the future," said Poppy Silk, a 19-year-old activist from Extinction Rebellion.
"Even whilst healing from the pandemic, we must move towards a green transition to prevent future crises," Silk said.
Now to collect data that can help presage drastic weather changes and keep people abreast of research in climate change, Air New Zealand is converting one of its domestic aircraft into a flying environmental monitor as part of a world-first project with Nasa.
"The country is experiencing its most intense cold snap since 2016," Hassan Abdallah from the Wasm meteorological centre, said on Thursday.
The activists drove up to the British Treasury in a fire engine and sprayed red paint through the hose onto the building, though at one point they lost control of the hose.
Pakistan also reported 4,734 new virus cases, raising its overall infections to 93,983. With the latest 97 virus-related deaths, the highest 24-hour increase to its fatalities, as authorities urged volunteers to motivate people to adhere to social distancing regulations to contain the spread of the virus.
With the Hajj Committee announcing full refunds of the fees for the ensuing Hajj 2020 season, the pilgrimage dreams of thousands of Muslim faithful are shattered.
The group were travelling through Badakshan province to assist security forces in the area, officials said. A local commander was among the fatalities, provincial governor's spokesman Sanaullah Rohani told the media.