In the wake of the climate crisis, Extinction Rebellion protesters stormed London beginning with the city`s financial institutions.
Hundreds filled the streets, blocking roads in parts of London as they called for action on the climate crisis. During their so-called ‘blood money’ march, the Extinction Rebellion activists targeted financial institutions over fossil fuel investments.
Standard Chartered Bank in the City of London was stained with red paint and handprints by the activists.
“As floods, fire, and famine break out around the world, it is clear that climate breakdown is here now, and there is no choice left now but to take urgent action,” one protester from Newbury said.
Lisa Hill added: “Everyone deserves a seat at the table to have a say in how to tackle the greatest crisis of our times.”
The campaigners make use of ostumes, props, art displays, banners, and flags in their protests when they move through different cities.
Bridget, a member of the Extinction Rebellion who is the UK arts factory co-ordinator said the group designs the artwork months before the planned demonstrations.
“To make the banners and flags, we do 16-hour days, with no breaks, for about a month,” she said.
“We try to resource as many materials as we can. Our printer ink is the most environmentally-friendly printer ink you can get on the planet. We do a lot of research. We get donations and t-shirts from merch companies with their dead stock and charities.
“Everything is upcycled as much as we can. We bought 20 litres of paint and the rest was freecycled, and we have about 300 metres of fabric for banners. With the art actions, it depends. For the rebel trail, which was an HS2 action, it took three weeks to make.”
Extinction Rebellion activists are expected to continue with their demonstrations against the climate crisis for another week.