Press Archives - Extinction Rebellion UK


Extinction Rebellion targets Labour Party HQ to demand radical manifesto on climate breakdown

Extinction Rebellion activists are targeting the Labour Party headquarters today to demand radical action on climate breakdown from a future Labour Government. The campaigners have poured fake oil and scaled the Labour Party's Blackfriars Road London headquarters to demand that a future Labour Government commits to taking urgent action to cancel new fossil fuel licences, fund the transition to renewables and shut down Drax.

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Treasury still funding climate death as iconic fire engine trial starts

Six climate protectors go on trial tomorrow for conspiracy to commit criminal damage to His Majesty’s Treasury building on 3 October 2019 when 1,800 litres of fake blood were sprayed over the premises from a fire engine. The dramatic spectacle – which made the front pages around the world – was planned to draw attention to the Treasury’s funding of new fossil fuel projects abroad which would result in deaths from climate breakdown. The defendants face sentences of up to ten years in prison each if they are found guilty by the jury. Four years later the Treasury are still pumping money into fossil fuels like there's no tomorrow.

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Demonstrators Across The UK Join Global March To Demand An End To Fossil Fuels

Thousands of people will join marches across the UK this weekend as part of the global days of action demanding that leaders rapidly phase out fossil fuels.  The demonstrators will call out the government for seeking to ‘max out’ North Sea oil and gas reserves despite warnings that there can be no new drilling if the world is to stay within habitable climate limits.

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Trial aborted and jury discharged without a verdict in XR cofounder Gail Bradbrook’s Department for Transport case

As deadly temperature records are set daily, the silencing of those that would speak truth to power in climate trial after climate trial can be felt. And it's chilling. The long-postponed jury trial of Dr. Gail Bradbrook, for window-breaking at the Department for Transport was aborted this week when the judge dismissed the jury. A retrial is now set for the week commencing 30 October meaning it will take place during the fifth anniversary of the Declaration of Rebellion and Extinction Rebellion’s first major action. Before the trial Gail said: “I’m trying to protect the lives and the futures of my children, all the children in the world and the generations to come."

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From tomorrow: XR co-founder Gail Bradbrook on trial for £27.5k window-breaking at UK’s Department for Transport

This Thursday Extinction Rebellion co-founder Dr Gail Bradbrook goes on trial for breaking one window – valued £27,500 – at the UK’s Department for Transport in London in October 2019. The trial comes at a critical point for climate activism in the UK. With global heat records being broken daily, the Conservative government’s chilling legislative clampdown is placing severe limits on the right of protest, while judges jail people for contempt of court – just for mentioning the words climate change. Since February 2023 Judge Reid has sent three people to jail for defying his orders and explaining why they undertook their actions.

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Housing Rebellion Day Of Action: HOUSING FOR NEED – NOT GREED!

Housing and Climate Campaigners across the country will be gathering for a national day of action to highlight how the broken housing system in the UK is linked to the deepening climate crisis.  Groups from Glasgow to Cornwall and Birmingham to London will be gathering for marches and rallies, demanding an end to the injustice, environmental destruction and greed that together fuel our housing crisis. 

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High Tide for Coal Crime: Extinction Rebellion’s Pink Boat Drops Anchor on UK’s Biggest Illegal Mine

XR's world-famous pink boat sailed back into action today and shut down the UK's largest coal mine. The mine company has been operating illegally since September when its licence expired. 300,000 tonnes of coal would have been mined by the end of May without any attempt to stop it, at a cost to the climate of almost a million tonnes of CO2. A number of activists locked themselves to the boat despite facing the threat of up to 51 weeks in jail. The occupation is ongoing and activists are encouraging people to join them on Saturday as part of the March On The Mine event.

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Wood Group shows “utter contempt” for UK taxpayer, say activists, as they spray offices with fake oil

Climate activists disrupted Wood Group’s offices in Surrey and Aberdeen to protest the engineering firm’s expansion of its fossil fuel business whilst receiving a taxpayer-backed green transition loan of £430m. The action is part of the Cut The Ties campaign which targets the web of organisations propping up the fossil fuel economy and has so far carried out 28 actions at 22 sites.

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Supreme Court hearing could end all new UK fossil fuel projects

Climate campaigner Sarah Finch launches landmark legal case this week. Extinction Rebellion activists will be gathering in silent vigil outside the Supreme Court this week in support of campaigner Sarah Finch whose legal challenge could have major repercussions for all new fossil fuel projects, including the proposed new coal mine in Cumbria and development of the Rosebank oil field in the North Sea. Sarah Finch is challenging Surrey County Council’s 2019 decision to grant UK Oil and Gas (UKOG) planning permission for drilling at its Horse Hill site, near Gatwick Airport - on the grounds that environmental impact assessments must take into account downstream emissions caused by burning extracted oil.

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