Extinction Rebellion begin G7 protest as 500 demonstrators gather

Extinction Rebellion have started a G7 protest march with 500 demonstrators gathering in a Cornish seaside town to urge world leaders to respect the climate. 

Campaigners paraded from St Ives Leisure Centre to the high street, escorted by police who redirected cars en route, in the first of a series of demonstrations the group is holding throughout the three-day event in nearby Carbis Bay.

Extinction Rebellion says the protests are in response to G7 nations’ ‘failure to respect the global climate commitments they made in Paris in 2015’ and ‘to urge the leaders meeting at Carbis Bay in Cornwall to act immediately to address the climate and ecological emergency’.

Those living in St Ives stood outside and took photographs of the event as protesters played drums and chanted ‘act now’, ‘sound the alarm’ and ‘Extinction Rebellion’.

Some campaigners wore blue gowns and veils and moved through crowd in a flowing motion, which they said represented the threat climate change has on marine life.

Campaigners paraded from St Ives Leisure Centre to the high street, escorted by police who redirected cars en route, in the first of a series of demonstrations the group is holding throughout the three-day event in nearby Carbis Bay

Extinction Rebellion says the protests are in response to G7 nations' 'failure to respect the global climate commitments they made in Paris in 2015'

Extinction Rebellion says the protests are in response to G7 nations’ ‘failure to respect the global climate commitments they made in Paris in 2015’

Protesters dressed as blackbirds and put on a display in St Ives as they demonstrated against climate change inaction

Protesters dressed as blackbirds and put on a display in St Ives as they demonstrated against climate change inaction

Some campaigners wore green gowns and veils and moved through crowd in a flowing motion, which they said represented the threat climate change has on marine life

Some campaigners wore green gowns and veils and moved through crowd in a flowing motion, which they said represented the threat climate change has on marine life

Activists from the climate change protest group Extinction Rebellion demonstrate in St Ives, Cornwall, today

Activists from the climate change protest group Extinction Rebellion demonstrate in St Ives, Cornwall, today

Some demonstrators dressed in green to represent the sea they are trying to save in their protests

Some demonstrators dressed in green to represent the sea they are trying to save in their protests

Hundreds of people gathered with Extinction Rebellion flags in St Ives to protest against inaction on climate change

Hundreds of people gathered with Extinction Rebellion flags in St Ives to protest against inaction on climate change

A large banner held by protesters in St Ives today read 'liar, liar, earth is on fire' as they marched

A large banner held by protesters in St Ives today read ‘liar, liar, earth is on fire’ as they marched

The Cornwall Youth Climate Alliance are pictured during a demonstration in Falmouth this morning

The Cornwall Youth Climate Alliance are pictured during a demonstration in Falmouth this morning

Young people held signs reading 'G7 leaders we are watching' and 'resist G7 stop empty promises' in Falmouth

Young people held signs reading ‘G7 leaders we are watching’ and ‘resist G7 stop empty promises’ in Falmouth

Demonstrators donned red outfits and marched in a procession as part of the G7 protests in St Ives on Friday

Demonstrators donned red outfits and marched in a procession as part of the G7 protests in St Ives on Friday

The protesters held up their hands as they donned red outfits and white face paint for maximum effect

The protesters held up their hands as they donned red outfits and white face paint for maximum effect

Protesters sat and lay down in a field as they began a protest outside St Ives in Cornwall Friday morning

Protesters sat and lay down in a field as they began a protest outside St Ives in Cornwall Friday morning

While G7 leaders were beginning the summit, protesters held banners reading 'sound the alarm' in St Ives

While G7 leaders were beginning the summit, protesters held banners reading ‘sound the alarm’ in St Ives

Protesters wore masks as they walked closely together for the march, ignoring social distancing rules

Protesters wore masks as they walked closely together for the march, ignoring social distancing rules

The Extinction Rebellion protest began to wind its way from St Ives Leisure Centre to the town centre

The Extinction Rebellion protest began to wind its way from St Ives Leisure Centre to the town centre 

Protesters dressed in green to represent the sea as they called for more to be done to solve climate change

Protesters dressed in green to represent the sea as they called for more to be done to solve climate change

They began their protest with a rally at the leisure centre where they gave speeches and sang songs.

Halfway through the route, just before they reached the harbour, they held a few minutes’ silence with their fists in the air.

‘This is exciting, nothing like this ever happens in our little town,’ one resident said. Senara Hodges, 51, said she was ‘delighted’ the campaigners were protesting.

‘It’s absolutely fantastic. They are not causing the disruption – the Government is with its lack of action,’ the filmmaker added. ‘We are severely disrupted by the G7. It’s a huge imposition on a very, very busy town during peak season. It feels like a typical lack of understanding of the impact.’

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