TV presenter Konnie Huq has warned of the ‘impending Armageddon’ of climate change at a rally that brought hundreds of protest to central London today.
Ms Huq told the crowds that ‘climate change that is going to get us all, according to climate scientists, in 11 years’, and that is was time for adults to take responsibility.
She had joined in a march by Mothers Rise Up and Extinction Rebellion that went from Hyde Park Corner to Parliament Square outside Westminster.
Extinction Rebellion activists today also hit the streets of Paris by pouring fake blood across the steps of the Trocadero palace and then lying on the floor.
The protesters bathed in the fake red blood and threw flowers on the ground around them. Protesters later held up banners in front of the Eiffel Tower during the demonstrations in central Paris today.
In London Ms Huq was joined by comedian Shappi Khorsandi and lawyer and activist Farhana Yamin to address the crowds.
She told the crowds that the march had been organised by mothers in between ‘changing nappies and dropping children off’.
In a blunt speech she criticised adults and said young protestors – who took control of several London landmarks last month – had put them ‘to shame’.
‘The reason we are here is because of the youth strikes – the young people have been putting us to shame and it’s time for us adults to take responsibility.’
She told a Sky News reporter: ‘It’s just to make a stand against the impending Armageddon that is climate change that is going to get us all, according to climate scientists, in 11 years’
Protestors in Paris poured fake blood on the Palais du Trocadero esplanade, which sits near the banks of the River Seine, opposite the Eiffel Tower, during the protest to highlight the decline of biodiversity.
Dressed in black, the protesters, mostly young people, had around 65 gallons (300 litres) of red liquid, made from a mixture of food colouring and cornflour.
They dumped their cans in front of many onlookers at the popular tourist spot with police present in the area.
Holding large green banners saying ‘Extinction Rebellion’ and a black banner saying ‘Stop the 6th mass extinction of species’, they gathered for several minutes in silence.
On activist told French media: ‘It’s the blood of humans, animals that die today and will die tomorrow.’
After half-an-hour the protest was over and the demonstrators began cleaning the dye off the steps.
Elsewhere in France six climate activists were arrested by police after putting up a banner reading ‘Chirac [former French president Jacques Chirac] come back’ on scaffolding covering a building on Place de Bourse in Bordeaux.
The banner on the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which is a popular tourist site, is thought to be a reference to Chirac’s famous speech at the 2002 Earth Summit Johannesburg, South Africa, in which he said: ‘Our house burns and we look elsewhere.’
Similar previous Extinction Rebellion protests brought two week’s of chaos to the streets of London with their direct action, which included shutting down major roads, chaining themselves to vehicles and buildings.
The Met had to deploy more than 10,000 officers last month as protesters caused carnage in Oxford Street, on Waterloo Bridge, in Parliament Square, outside the Bank of England and at Canary Wharf tube station.
In a landmark report last week, the United Nations warned that a million of Earth’s estimated eight million species are at risk of extinction.
The XR campaign group was set up in Britain last year by academics and has become one of the world’s fastest-growing environmental movements.
It advocates the use of non-violent acts of civil disobedience to force governments to declare a climate and ecological emergency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and halt biodiversity loss.