Today is Remembrance Day, when we collectively pay our respects to those who died fighting for their country. It’s not usually considered an opportunity to indulge in activism or gross politicisation. Clearly though, Extinction Rebellion didn’t get the memo.
This morning, the climate activists decided to use the opportunity to hang a wreath of poppies on the Cenotaph on Whitehall, reading: 'Climate Change, Act Now'. The group also attached a banner to the railings outside the memorial saying ‘Honour Their Sacrifice, Climate Change Means War’.
— Extinction Rebellion UK 🌍 (@XRebellionUK) November 11, 2020
Today, #RemembranceDay, British Army veteran and member of #ExtinctionRebellion, Donald Bell, called on the government to honour the sacrifice of those who gave their lives is past wars by acting to prevent #ClimateConflict. https://t.co/NLK65kPwau pic.twitter.com/ThaZHInvyx
The wreath was laid by an army veteran and XR member, who can be seen on video stepping over the wreaths already laid at the base of the memorial to carry out the stunt.
Once again the climate group manage to prove just how low they will sink to grab headlines...