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Climate change activists climb Glasgow's Finnieston Crane for 'Rebellion Day' protest

Climate change activists climb Glasgow’s Finnieston Crane for ‘Rebellion Day’ protest

A group of climate change protesters have took to the Finnieston Crane in Glasgow .

Four members of the Extinction Rebellion Scotland group began climbing the 175 feet tall structure by the banks of the River Clyde at around 5am on Monday.

The group revealed a massive banner which reads: “Science Not Silence”.

Elsewhere in the city banners were pinned to the doors of the City Chambers, as well as Extinction Rebellion cones placed on top of statues in George Square.

Climate change protesters up the Finnieston Crane in Glasgow

 

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The banner at the City Chambers building reads: “When the last tree has fallen humanity can’t hide. Money can’t solve it. What’s your alibi?”

The protest was part of the group’s ‘Rebellion Day’ – which saw attempts to raise awareness for climate change across the country and demand the declaration of a Climate Emergency by the world’s governments. Protests, including civil disobedience, are planned in 27 countries.

Emergency services at the scene after the protest at the Finnieston Crane

 

A number of banners were also put up in Aberdeen, including ones which read: “Climate crisis act now” and “Clean energy, not big oil”.

A local member of Extinction Rebellion said: We are just ordinary citizens like you and we want the council to act responsibly and save us from this accelerating disaster which may lead to serious flooding and food shortages in Scotland and across the world.

“27 other UK councils have declared a climate emergency. Why hasn’t Glasgow?”

Climate activists put up banners at Glasgow City Chambers

 

Police arrived at the scene in Finnieston at around 7am.

A spokesperson confirmed that four people were reported to the procurator fiscal in connection with the protest. 

Earlier this month, a group of 10 protesters from Extinction Rebellion got naked in parliament in an attempt to disrupt a Commons debate on Brexit.

The group stood up in the public gallery with messages written on their bodies, including some pressed against the glass which separates the gallery from the chamber.

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