In response to the Public Order Bill tabled in the Queen’s Speech yesterday, Extinction Rebellion has announced plans to bring millions of people onto the streets from the 10th of September this year. 

The Bill, which seeks to reintroduce the curbs on protest recently thrown out of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill by the House of Lords, is an attempt to curb protests by Extinction Rebellion, Just Stop Oil and Insulate Britain calling for the government to take proportionate action on the climate crisis. On the same day that the Public Order Bill was tabled UK Met Office researchers said that there’s now around a fifty-fifty chance that the world will warm by more than 1.5C over the next five years.

The move by Extiction Rebellion comes as a Yougov poll reveals that disruptive protest is increasing the numbers of people in the UK willing to take climate action, with around 1.7 million adults in the UK saying they would consider engaging in climate action over the next 12 months.

Charlie Waterhouse from Extinction Rebellion, said: â€śIt is foolish to think that announcing new curbs in the Queen’s Speech will stop people taking to the streets to demand their government act to ensure a safe future for people in the UK and around the world. 

“As we in Extinction Rebellion know full well: what we do works. It’s worked countless times before. It has worked to give us weekends and the vote, human rights and freedom. And it will work again. Faced with a government incapable of anything other than a desperate attempt to shore-up its own power and cover-up its criminality it is the only thing we can do. To be a bystander is not enough.

“​​When juries are asked to sit in judgement of their peers, they are acquitting. The Government’s increasing reliance on private injunctions shows that they know they cannot rely on the courts, because the courts agree with us.”

“So Boris Johnson and Priti Patel, we thank you. Our organisations were set up to break the law to drive positive change. Your actions show that we are winning.”