EXTINCTION Rebellion has been criticised after travelling to London to carry out a protest.

The protest group carried out The Impossible Rebellion to draw attention to the climate crisis and force the Government to take action.

Katie Begley, an architect from Kendal, said acts of civil disobedience - such as roads being blocked - were being undertaken as a 'last resort'.

However, some thought they should carry out their protest closer to home instead of travelling hundreds of miles.


Grumpyoldbiker said: "Businesses in the capital are suffering enough with the downturn in trade due to the pandemic without this nonsense going on."

Ellsgran said: "Why not march from Cumbria to London to make their point? It could be like a middle-class Jarrow Crusade."

stuckinthemiddles said: "The actions of these pushes me and many more I'll wager, to behave in exactly the opposite way that they want."

__newsquest__1672788 commented: "Methane contributes around 25% to global warming; agricultural emissions due to livestock farming, mainly cows and sheep are the largest contributors at 30%.

"In Cumbria the predominant farm type in terms of land use is grazing livestock, with 56,000 head of beef and 2,035,000 sheep. This accounts for 71% of the farmed area.  Dairy farming covers a further 16% and the county has the second highest number of dairy cows in the country, at 108,000.

"Tourism contributes 8% of the worldwide greenhouse gas emissions and the Lake District is a major tourist destination.

"The Cumbria XR protesters should surely be protesting closer to home, calling for a ban on livestock farming and tourism; not burning more fossil fuels travelling all the way to London. For example they could cause disruption to the livestock auction markets, blockade the Haverthwaite steam railway or stop families boarding the polluting ferries on Windermere."