AN ECO WARRIOR from Leamington has spoken about his part in the Extinction Rebellion protests in London.
Chris Philpott joined the some 30,000 protestors taking to London’s streets recently to oppose climate change.
The 68-year-old took part in the blocking of Waterloo Bridge, but unlike many of his fellow protestors was not arrested.
To keep morale up he sang eco-inspired songs and even took a trolley filled with musical instruments to liven up performances.
The retired teaching assistant told the Observer: “Extinction Rebellion’s demands from government are that they tell the truth about climate change, reduce emissions to zero by 2025 and focus on solutions to climate change.
“We and other species will become extinct because of climate change if we do not rebel and change things.
“I have been a green activist for more than 35 years and have never been part of such a focussed, disciplined and well organised movement. From the start the atmosphere was very positive and the commitment of people who were prepared to be arrested was inspiring.
“The police behaved with respect and everybody was vigilant that there was no violence, verbal or otherwise, towards them as it was the government we had issue with.
“The activists held most sites for at least a week and caused economic disruption but more importantly gained media coverage around the world highlighting the fact that we have just 11 years to drastically decarbonise our economy or face ecological melt down.”
And Chris says the peacefulness of the protests was important to him as he is a Buddhist.
After returning to his Leamington home after a week in the capital with Extinction Rebellion, he believes the protests have made a positive impact.
He added: “I am proud of the fact I joined an organisation which was formed in this country and now has branches in 33 countries around the world.
“At least I feel I have done something towards averting a catastrophic future for my children and grandchildren.”