'Take climate change protests seriously', Easter Ross MP urges as protests hit capital
A ROSS-shire MP is calling on the Government to declare a climate emergency and "take seriously" a civil disobedience protest aiming to have a massive impact on central London.
Jamie Stone was prompted by Extinction Rebellion protests which aim to shut down the heart of the capital for the next two weeks,
The Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross MP said: "The Lib Dems have been calling on the Government to declare a climate emergency and act accordingly and are supportive of the aims of Extinction Rebellion to start meaningfully dealing with the climate emergency.
"Some of Extinction Rebellion’s actions have been counter-productive. Disrupting public transport seems to contradict the aims of cutting emissions and tackling climate change but unless there is urgent action to tackle out of control climate change, our environment and future generations will suffer.
"The Government needs to take this seriously, declare a climate emergency and reverse the damaging policies they are putting in place which threaten the environment."
Police have arrested a reported 280 people in London at the start of two weeks of protests by environmental campaigners.
Extinction Rebellion activists are protesting in cities around the world, including Berlin, Amsterdam and Sydney.
Organisers have blockaded a number of sites in central London.