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Extinction Rebellion 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 sequence 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 stated – 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 fairly than a full blockade, she stated.

The primary 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 stated: “This shall be the greatest 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 additionally commemorating the lives which were 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 site 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 stated, including the group istargeting London Fashion Week as a result of it’s seen as a style hub with a world highlight.

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

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

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

“But provided that the footprint of the business is rising increasingly,” she added, “and there’s no indicators of actual progress, we want to see drastic adjustments.

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

The Standard has approached London Fashion Week for remark.

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