Climate activists block key roads in Washington, DC

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Activists have closed key hubs in Washington, DC, and in the middle of a street formed a human chain and tied themselves to a sailboat as they pressed US politicians to fight climate change.

Police arrested 26 people.

On Monday, activists were seeking to draw attention to a UN climate summit in New York, where more than 60 heads of state, including small nations, gather on islands threatened by rising sea levels. At the summit, companies are expected to make new commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

The militants targeted areas in Washington, DC, including Farragut Square, Columbus Circle and near Union Station and Fulger Park on Capitol Hill.

The protest, dubbed “Close Washington,” is backed by 24 groups, including Metro DC, Extension Republic and Black Lives Matter.

Washington police spokeswoman Alina Gertz said the arrests were made because of road closures.

Extensions Republic, which says it is backed by hundreds of scientists, is promoting peaceful civil disobedience to pressure governments to reduce carbon emissions and prevent a climate catastrophe that fears starvation and the collapse of societies.

In April, the group disrupted parts of London for more than 11 days, halting trains and disfiguring the front of energy giant Shell.


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