Extinction Rebellion: East Herts environmental campaigners join The Impossible Rebellion protest in London
Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists from East Herts joined thousands of protesters in London.
They were taking part in The Impossible Rebellion, a campaign to press the Government to stop all fossil fuel investment immediately.
John Duncan, from XR North & East Herts, said: "The latest IPCC report confirms what we already knew – that from heatwaves to flooding to droughts, every region on Earth is experiencing unprecedented weather extremes because of climate change. We are running out of time, but that doesn't mean it's too late.
"We all need to come together to make what politicians deem 'impossible' inevitable. Banning all new fossil fuel investment is the least that politicians can do to show they are serious about the climate and ecological emergency ahead of COP 26 in November."
Gail Bradbrook, Extinction Rebellion co-founder, said: "Our leaders in government and business have been failing us for years – they are taking us over a cliff. If they are in any way serious about tackling this existential crisis then they would immediately stop financing fossil fuels, because continuing to pour petrol on a fire is an obvious sign of insanity.
"Why don't they act? They are wedded to a corrupt political economy, centred in the City of London, that extracts vast profits from communities and nature, and depends on destructive economic growth for its survival. We need to tell the truth, humanity has to change course, we have no choice."
During the fortnight-long rebellion, rebels from a variety of groups including XR Doctors, XR Scientists, XR Families, XR Youth and XR Communities, smashed windows of bank JP Morgan to highlight its continued funding of fossil fuels and occupied the Science Museum in protest at Shell's sponsorship of its climate change exhibition.
XR North & East Herts were also at the rebellion's finale, a 'March for Nature' from Trafalgar Square to Hyde Park.