Activists from Just Stop Oil and Extinction Rebellion have been blocking access to oil terminals in Essex, demanding that the Government stops new oil and gas projects.
There have been 338 arrests since the protests began on April 1 and another 26 arrests are about to be made.
Extinction Rebellion activists from Norfolk were among those staging sit-down protests blocking London streets to call for an end to investment in fossil fuels.
Mr Harvey said: “They call us dangerous radicals, among an abundance of other names, but actually it was António Guterres, UN secretary general, who this week said the real dangerous radicals not are people like us, but the fossil fuel companies and the governments who want to put the future at risk with new oil and gas projects.”
Hundreds of demonstrators gathered at Speakers’ Corner at Hyde Park on Sunday morning before marching into the city centre and “occupying” both Lambeth and Vauxhall bridges, major traffic arteries across the Thames where they prevented vehicles from crossing.
They allowed ambulances and fire engines to pass, with organisers parting the crowd by shouting “blue light”.
The group also marched on the Home Office’s headquarters on Sunday, as its campaign against the fossil fuel industry entered a second day.
After several hours, police cleared first Lambeth and then Vauxhall Bridge, saying 38 arrests were made in the process.
Meanwhile, days of “exceptionally dangerous” fuel protests are putting activists and officers at “unacceptable” risk of harm as the number of arrests are set to top 350, Essex Police have claimed.
Warwickshire Police said that a further 29 arrests have been made this weekend in connection with ongoing protests at Kingsbury Oil Terminal.
XR’s latest round of action came as an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report issued a stark warning that the world must act ‘now or never’ to stop irreversible climate change.
The IPPC found greenhouse gas emission levels were at their highest levels in history between 2010 and 2019.
While the rate of growth in emissions has reduced, the report warned: “Without immediate and deep emissions reductions across all sectors, limiting global warming to 1.5°C is beyond reach.”
Since 2010, the increase in solar and wind energy has helped slow the growth in emissions but the IPCC said more must be sustain the planet in the long term.
The IPCC is calling for a reduction in all emissions by 2030 to help achieve the 1.5°C (2.7°F) temperature limit.
Extinction Rebellion billed today’s protest as part of ‘the final push in the plan to end fossil fuels’.
On their website, the group said: ‘Come to London from April 9 to April 17 and be ready to continue in civil resistance on at least the following three weekends.
‘This is a crucial moment. Our reliance on fossil fuels is funding wars, driving the cost of living scandal and leading to climate breakdown. This is why we are demanding an immediate end to all new fossil fuel investments.’
Green Party MP Caroline Lucas said that some Extinction Rebellion protests are counterproductive, but their disruptive actions are the ‘only way that people feel they can make their voices heard’.
She told Sunday Morning on BBC One: ‘I think that being on the streets of London has been shown to be a way of capturing people’s imaginations. People have joined those protests who have never protested before. They are doing it because they know we have to leave new fossil fuels in the ground.
‘The International Energy Agency says that, the latest IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report says that and yet this Government and this energy strategy .. is foreseeing getting out even more oil and gas from the North Sea, that is frankly immoral and said the UN general secretary said that is frankly both morally and economically mad.’
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She told the PA news agency: “I know that very often people will question our tactics about disruption for example, to ordinary people, stuff like roadblocks, like gluing on, locking on, and so on.
“What I would ask people, if you make that criticism, is what actually do you suggest that we do?
“We tried all the other methods – we’ve written letters, we’ve marched, we’ve spoken to our MPs, we’ve done literally everything we can and time and time again we see them doing completely the opposite of what the scientific evidence says and this is what is left to us, really, we do it because we know it works.”
Extinction Rebellion climate change activists have staged protests in the centre of London for a second day, blocking Vauxhall and Lambeth bridges.
Hundreds of protesters prevented cars and buses crossing but ambulances were let through.
The Met Police said 38 arrests were made on Sunday and officers had now moved protesters from the bridges.
Caroline Lucas on the BBC: The International Energy Agency says that, the latest IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report says that, and yet this government and this energy strategy… is foreseeing getting out even more oil and gas from the North Sea, that is frankly immoral and the UN general secretary said that is frankly both morally and economically mad.”
Extinction Rebellion has vowed to ‘block areas of the city for as long as possible’ every day for at least a week, and on the next three weekends.
The environmental activist group plans to recruit new ‘rebels’ and hold training in non-violent action and resistance tactics in Hyde Park in the mornings before marching into the city centre ‘en masse’, it said on its website.
‘Our disruption will not stop until the fossil fuel economy comes to an end,’ it said.
Green Party MP Caroline Lucas said that some Extinction Rebellion protests are counter-productive, but their disruptive actions are the ‘only way that people feel they can make their voices heard’.
Activists from the group and Just Stop Oil have also been blocking access to oil terminals for ten days, demanding that the Government stops new oil and gas projects.