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Large-scale environmental protest to hit oil refineries

 

Extinction Rebellion will begin another round of action from next month.

Environmental activists have unveiled plans to block major oil refineries across the UK next month as part of a string of campaigns.

Extinction Rebellion (XR) has said it plans to stop the harm at the source and create enough disruption to force the UK government to stop the fossil fuel economy. 

Beginning on April 9 the group will target the fossil fuel industry to cause maximum nonviolent disruption and tell the story of the fossil fuelled corruption at the heart of our democracy. 

XR said they will be standing in solidarity with all people around the world who are defending their lives, land, wildlife and cultures in the face of the crisis.

The group Just Stop Oil will also be blocking refineries across the UK, with other groups to be confirmed as XR calls for others to join their action.

A spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion said: “We are calling on protest groups, NGOs and individuals to join us and take a stand to stop fossil fuels once and for all. Now is the time, this is the moment. Don’t sit this one out!”

The plans come amid the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and on the heels of last week’s dire IPCC report which acknowledges the widespread damage that is already happening, and that the limits of adaptation are now being breached. 

On Wednesday, Extinction Rebellion sent a letter to the UK Government to state the April plans, with campaigners set to flood London from April for a series of demonstrations. 

Clare Farrell, Extinction Rebellion co-founder said: “Oil refineries are symbolic of continued extraction and profit for a small group of very wealthy companies at the expense of everyone else. 

“We burn them, pollute our cities, poison ourselves and our children whilst committing to climate breakdown. It’s no wonder the entire environmental movement is focussing on ending fossil fuels and the death they cause. The writing is on the wall, and we are out of time.”

 

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