How Bristol’s Metrobus tree protests sparked Extinction Rebellion group

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Failed protests to block a Metrobus lane being built in Frenchay were one of the main driving forces behind the forming of Extinction Rebllion.

The founders of the global climate movement spoke to the BBC Inside Out West  programme about how the group first began.

Simon Bramwell told the BBC One show he felt an “acute sense of loss” after a month-long protest that saw campaigners living in trees resulted in the in the area being cleared for works on the Metrobus.

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Extinction Rebellion protesters marching through the city this afternoon (July 18)

 

Campaigners were opposing the construction of a new bus lane that connected to the M32, along with several new bus stops and a bridge. They argued the land was some of the most fertile in the area.

However, their efforts failed after they were moved on and the work took place, in 2015.

The protest led – in part – to the formation of Extinction Rebellion.

Joint founder Gail Bradbrook also told the show she “prayed for the codes for social change” on a retreat.

Extinction Rebellion describes itself as a “non-violent civil disobedience activist movement”.

The group, which boasts around 100,000 members across the globe, caused disruption in Bristol during their ‘summer uprising’  when many roads were blocked.

 

Extinction Rebellion has outlined three demands: that the government is transparent on climate emergency, for the UK to be carbon neutral by 2025, and for a “citizen’s assembly” on environmental policies.

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