Extinction Rebellion plan to disrupt London Fashion Week with huge funeral procession down the Strand

Extinction Rebellion is planning to disrupt London Fashion Week with a lot of protests together with a huge funeral procession alongside the Strand.

In a collection of actions beginning on Friday, the local weather change protest group will goal main style present occasions so as to rally towards the business’s world carbon footprint.

Extinction Rebellion spokeswoman Sara Arnold confirmed the motion will begin with a non-disruptive rally in Lyric Square, Hammersmith, on Saturday.

On Sunday and Monday there shall be “swarming actions” to block main roads close to Fashion Week venues, Ms Arnold mentioned – although the places have but to be chosen.

The activists will swarm the roads for seven minutes after which retreat for 3 minutes at a time slightly than a full blockade, she mentioned.

The foremost occasion shall be held on Tuesday for Fashion Week’s final day as activists participate in a funeral procession from Trafalgar Square to 180 Strand – London Fashion Week’s central venue. 

Ms Arnold mentioned: “This shall be the largest motion, a funeral procession to mark the finish of Fashion Week, referred to as ‘London Fashion Week: Rest in Peace’.

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“It shall be a funeral for London Fashion Week but in addition commemorating the lives which have been misplaced due to local weather change and ecological collapse.

“Obviously the fashion industry has had a big impact on the crisis.”

Activists will meet at 5pm at Trafalgar Square earlier than marching off at 5.30pm in the direction of 180 Strand, the place a ceremony will happen blocking all visitors.

Extinction Rebellion protesters in April (file picture) (AFP/Getty Images)

“There will be a eulogy and music so it should be quite moving,” Ms Arnold mentioned, including the group istargeting London Fashion Week as a result of it’s seen as a style hub with a worldwide highlight.

“The style business clearly has a huge influence to the atmosphere – someplace between 7 and eight per cent of carbon emissions. This is greater than worldwide transport and airplane carbon mixed.

“Even to make one customary cotton t-shirt takes 2,500 litres of water.”

Ms Arnold mentioned Extinction Rebellion recognises that inside London Fashion Week there was “a lot of movement” to make the style business extra sustainable.

“But on condition that the footprint of the business is rising an increasing number of,” she added, “and there’s no indicators of actual progress, we’d like to see drastic adjustments.

“The political will wants to be set in stone and desires to occur now. We are simply working out of time.”

The Standard has approached London Fashion Week for remark.

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