Climate change activists begin march on London

Activists from Extinction Rebellion Bury St Edmunds began their march on London today Picture: EXTIN

Activists from Extinction Rebellion Bury St Edmunds began their march on London today Picture: EXTINCTION REBELLION - Credit: Archant

Climate change activists from Bury St Edmunds began an 80-mile march to London this morning to take part in a protest in the capital.

A group of activists from Extinction Rebellion Bury St Edmunds aim to walk 17 miles to Clare today ahead of the protests in London, which begin on Monday, April 15.

The walk will be completed in four legs, with the second leg from Clare to Great Dunmow on Friday, the third leg from Great Dunmow to Epping on Saturday, before arriving in the capital on Sunday.

Activist Robert Possnett, from Great Barton, said: “We’re taking over four sites in London – Parliament Square, Marble Arch, Oxford Circus and Waterloo Bridge, and blocking them with peaceful disruption.

“The point is to force the government to accept three demands we have – to declare a climate emergency and tell the truth about how dire the situation is, to set a target of zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2025, and to set up a citizens’ assembly to agree on the policies that are needed.”

The group caused a stir in Bury St Edmunds last weekend when they blocked Parkway in the town for around an hour.