Extinction Rebellion has staged a climate change protest at the Cenotaph just hours before Remembrance Day ceremonies are due to take place.
The protesters hung a banner that reads ‘Honour Their Sacrifice, Climate Change Means War’ and lay their own wreath of poppies on the memorial.
The poppies were decorated with the words ‘climate change means war’ and were placed by British Army veteran and XR member Donald Bell who observed a two-minute silence by the Cenotaph.
Mr Bell said: ‘I served this country, I served the people of this country and the action I took today is about just that.
‘Unchecked climate change means a return to a world at war. I cannot stand by and let that happen.’
XR said the protest aims to ‘highlight the connection between rising global temperatures and an increase in the incidence of conflict and war’.
People across the UK have been encouraged to pause on their doorsteps and windows today for the traditional two minutes silence at 11am .
Covid-19 related-restrictions on gatherings and travel have disrupted remembrance events this year, forcing last weekend’s Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph to be scaled back.
An invitation-only service due to be held at London’s Westminster Abbey on Wednesday will mark the centenary of the burial of the Unknown Warrior.
The televised service, to be attended by the Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall, will commemorate the funeral of an unknown British serviceman whose body was brought back from Northern France.
He was buried at the west end of the abbey’s nave on November 11 2020 to represent all those who lost their lives in the First World War but whose place of death was unknown or body never found.
Each year the two minutes Armistice Day silence marks the end of that four-year conflict, after an agreement between Germany and the Allies took effect at the ‘11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month’ of 1918.
The service and silence will be broadcast live on BBC One from 10:30am and will be lead by the Dean of Westminster, The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle.
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