Published: Sat, April 20, 2019
Research | By Sheri Schwartz

Weeping teenage climate activists in peaceful protest near London's Heathrow

Weeping teenage climate activists in peaceful protest near London's Heathrow

"We have seriously failed them (the younger generation) and our planet is in serious trouble, we have much, much less time than we thought", Dame Emma said.

Posting on Twitter, Extinction Rebellion Sheffield said "at least two" activists had been arrested and that the branch sent them its support.

More than 500 people have been arrested since Monday and three charged with gluing themselves to a train as activists continue to block traffic at four sites in the capital.

Thompson's appearance followed a demonstration near Heathrow Airport earlier, where a group of around a dozen teenagers, some as young as 13 and 14, held a banner alongside a busy road which read: "Are we the last generation?"

Environmental activists in the United Kingdom took their protest to Heathrow Airport on Friday after days of demonstrations caused road closures and transport chaos across London.

London's police force urged the environmental activists to reconsider the plan, stating that the airport action could "cause further disruption and misery to thousands of travellers, many of them families, over Easter". "We are determined to keep the airport operating".

Cathy Eastburn, 51, Mark Ovland, 35, and Luke Watson, 29, were remanded in custody over their alleged involvement in obstructing trains at Canary Wharf station on Wednesday morning.

Waterloo Bridge has now been blocked by demonstrators for five days.

Interior minister Sajid Javid said he wanted police to "take a firm stance and use the full force of the law".

Ken Marsh, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, told BBC Breakfast the protests were "very, very difficult" to handle and could cost "millions".

Protestors caused disruption across London with a particularly large presence on Oxford Street, where police have tried allow shops to return to "business as usual".

"The sufferers will be the communities in the local boroughs where officers are being taken from the community areas and the funding and money has to be found to deal with what we are doing".

The protesters - gathered by an environmentalist group called the Extinction Rebellion - demanded the government to acknowledge there is an environment crisis, enact legally binding policies to reduce carbon emission by 2025 and form citizens' assembly to "oversee the changes" needed to achieve this goal.

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