Tag: Environmental activism

How truth gets lost in the BBC’s search for balance | Letter

Debates on the climate crisis must be evidence-based, says Paul Hartley What now appears to be the most important feature of public debate is that two sides of a question are presented. As George Monbiot points out (How the BBC let climate deniers walk all over it, 8 July), this has major shortcomings if we […]

Putting Extinction Rebellion activists on trial isn’t in the public interest, so let’s stop | Peter Hain

After the recent acquittal of climate activists by a crown court jury, it’s clear public sentiment is on their side In the face of resistance by juries, surely there is a strong case to halt all the pending trials of Extinction Rebellion activists? With nearly a thousand trials still waiting to be heard in the […]

Extinction Rebellion to step up campaign against banking system

Group aims to highlight financial sector’s role in climate crisis through escalation in tactics this week Extinction Rebellion is planning to step up its campaign against the banking system with a series of direct action protests and debt strikes in the coming weeks aimed at highlighting the financial sector’s role in the escalating climate crisis. […]

UK councils still invest in fossil fuels despite declaring climate emergency

Nearly £10bn worth of investments including in oil and gas made via pension funds in last financial year Local councils that have declared a climate emergency are continuing to pour money into fossil fuels through their staff pension funds, analysis has shown. Nearly £10bn worth of investments in fossil fuels, including oil and gas companies […]

Court convicts French state for failure to address climate crisis

State found guilty of ‘non-respect of its engagements’ aimed at fighting global warming A Paris court has convicted the French state of failing to address the climate crisis and not keeping its promises to tackle greenhouse gas emissions. In what has been hailed as a historic ruling, the court found the state guilty of “non-respect […]

1 million young people urge governments to prioritise climate crisis

World leaders will meet for Climate Adaptation Summit to consider how to adapt to extreme weather More than 1 million young people around the world have urged governments to prioritise measures to protect against the ravages of climate breakdown during the recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. World leaders are due to meet by video link […]

Wetlands, beavers and Cinderella causes; the growth of environmental funding

Donations from individuals and charities to green causes more than double since 2016 Philanthropic donations to environmental causes have more than doubled in value in the UK as the climate crisis and unprecedented biodiversity loss attract increasing attention from individuals and charities. The amounts of money given to support efforts to tackle climate change and […]

Celebrities rooting for ‘Veganuary’ in UK to combat new rise in meat sales

Paul McCartney and Chris Packham among stars urging people to ditch meat and dairy in 2021 to fight climate change and avoid another pandemic A host of musicians, actors and sports stars have joined up with businesses and environmental groups in what they hope will be a successful push to get more people to ditch […]

Extinction Rebellion ‘criminals’ threaten UK way of life, says Priti Patel

Home secretary tells police superintendents she will not allow XR ‘anarchy’ on streets The home secretary, Priti Patel, has claimed Extinction Rebellion activists are “so-called eco-crusaders turned criminals” who threaten key planks of national life. The government’s rhetorical venom against XR was triggered by the blockading of newspaper print works at the weekend, which disrupted […]

More than 600 arrests made at Extinction Rebellion protests in London

Climate campaigners stage a range of public events over five days despite Covid restrictions More than 600 people have been arrested during five days of climate crisis protests in central London, police have said. Environmental campaign group Extinction Rebellion (XR) reignited its efforts to highlight the dangers of climate crisis this month after they were […]