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Bare-chested XR activists chain themselves to Parliament in protest over government inaction

BARE-CHESTED women chained themselves to the railings of Parliament today to protest against government failure to act on the climate emergency. 

The 30 Extinction Rebellion (XR) members said that they wanted to “bare the truth” about the predicted consequences of climate change .

The words “war,” “drought” and “famine” were written across their chests. 

The action was also aimed at highlighting the government’s “failure to communicate the severity of the climate and ecological crisis to the public,” the group said. 

As MPs headed to Parliament, the women locked on to the railings using D-locks around their necks and held up a sign reading: “Can’t Bare the Truth.” 

Police officers later removed the women, with some being carried into vans.

Teacher and XR member Sarah Mintram, who took part in the action, said: “Now we’ve got your attention … By neglecting to communicate the consequences of a 4˚C world – war, famine, drought, displacement – the government is failing to protect us. 

“Preparing for a 4˚C increase in temperatures is failing the next generation and those in the global south already suffering the most dire consequences.”

Climate models predict the world is currently on track to become 3°C to 4°C hotter by the turn of the century. 

Heating at these levels is predicted to render entire countries uninhabitable and turn hundreds of millions of people into climate refugees.

Despite these stark warnings, the British government has made little progress in meeting its legal target of net-zero greenhouse-gas emissions by 2050, according to a report in June this year by the committee on climate change. 

Today was the last of 10 days of protests by XR to demand the government take action to tackle the climate emergency. 


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