London climate change protest

By Eliza Mackintosh, CNN

Updated 1:03 p.m. ET, April 15, 2019
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9:27 a.m. ET, April 15, 2019

Protesters glue themselves to a pink sailboat in London

From CNN's Arnaud Siad and Alex Eliseev

A pink sailboat with the message 'Tell the truth' blocks Oxford Circus.
A pink sailboat with the message 'Tell the truth' blocks Oxford Circus.

Demonstrators have blocked the usually bustling Oxford Circus intersection, one of five London landmarks targeted by environmental campaigners as part of the action on Monday.

Some protesters dressed in yellow paper crowns were lying in the street in a "die-in," their arms linked through tubes. Nearby, others stood atop a pink painted sailboat emblazoned with the message, "Tell the truth," with a flag bearing Extinction Rebellion's hourglass logo.

Mark Ovland, one of the protesters glued to a sailboat in Oxford Circus.
Mark Ovland, one of the protesters glued to a sailboat in Oxford Circus.

Mark Ovland, one of the protesters glued to the pink boat at Oxford Circus, said he and others were trying to bring massive disruption to transport in London to "gain attention to what is the biggest crisis facing humanity at the moment."

"For 30 years people have known the signs of what's happening with the climate, with the ecological crisis, nothing's been done. We've tried writing letters, we've tried voting with our feet, we've tried campaigning in all the usual institutional ways, nothing's worked, emissions keep going up year on year and so this is the last thing we can think of," Ovland told CNN. "We don't want to disrupt people, but we think this must surely get attention. We need to do this."

9:19 a.m. ET, April 15, 2019

Climate change protesters begin blockade in central London

From CNN's Eliza Mackintosh

Arnaud Siad, CNN
Arnaud Siad, CNN

Thousands of people are expected to take to the streets of central London today, blocking the city's busiest roads and bridges to raise the alarm over a mounting climate crisis.

On Monday morning, a group of demonstrators with trees, plants and solar panels in tow barricaded Waterloo Bridge, one of five locations being targeted by environmental campaigners in the city as part of the protest.

The demonstrations are part of a global campaign, orchestrated by British climate organization Extinction Rebellion, which made headlines earlier this month when members disrupted a Brexit debate in Parliament with a nude demonstration.

Anna Burton, from Lancashire in northwest England, said she came to the protest to call on big businesses to go carbon neutral and demand a better ecological future for her children.

"I'm here for my children, I've lived my life but I want them to live a normal life, and they might not have a chance to," Burton told CNN.

Expect to see protesters gluing or locking themselves to gates, benches, turnstiles and other street furniture to bring intersections and streets to a standstill today.