Extinction Rebellion is currently holding its second shut down event in London and will occupy the streets of the capital for two weeks.
by Joshua Lowe
For the second time now the environmental campaign group, Extinction Rebellion, are holding a shut down London event. On October 7th, thousands of people from across the UK travelled to the capital to dance, sing, and sleep on the roads.
Started in 2018, the group aims to bring attention to the climate and ecological emergency and protest against government’s inaction over it. They have gained international attention through their use of unorthodox protest techniques and unusual attire. The outpouring of creativity has drawn comparisons to the hippy movements in America during the 1960s and 70s.
Extinction Rebellion have three main demands. It wants the government to “tell the truth” by declaring a climate emergency, stop the biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025 and a create a citizens’ assembly to take action.
As the impact of climate change is becoming more apparent, movements like Extinction Rebellion are drawing attention to the fierce urgency of the crisis.
Joshua Lowe spent four days living on the streets with them, photographing the experience and trying to discover why all these people are potentially willing to put their liberty on the line.
Joshua Lowe is a multimedia and photojournalist with an interest in environmental activism and the development sector. In a world of fastpaced news, he really does see the value in a still image.