Stephen Fry has voiced his support for the Extinction Rebellion protests, which aim to occupy parts of Central London from next week in the name of climate change.
The actor and comedian has praised the group for attempting to ‘make politicians really recalibrate, realign, revolutionise politics’ through ‘mucky’ and ‘disruptive’ demonstrations.
Stephen, 63, appears in a video shared by the official Extinction Rebellion Twitter account to share his thoughts, and although he believes the eco group do have their issues, he’s also lauded them for their work.
He began: ‘I know Extinction Rebellion, XR, are mucky and they make a fuss, they’re loud, they’re disruptive, they sometimes throw paint and other such things and they block traffic.
‘But what else is going to make politicians really recalibrate, realign, revolutionise politics so that it faces the horrors of climate change and all the damage we’re doing to our planet?
‘It’s a very complex and very difficult situation, but unless we recognise that everything has to change then nothing will change, it seems to me.’
Stephen has expressed his support for the Extinction Rebellion protests (Picture: Twitter)
Stephen also stressed that we will all ‘have to re-think the way we live our lives and the way we dispose of all the things we buy and the way society works’.
He added: ‘It’s much better if we think about it together and without enmity, but understanding a common purpose for the common good – is that so much to ask?
‘And XR, Extinction Rebellion, seem to be the only people who are sensibly, even if angrily, even if energetically, trying to move society and the world towards this.’
He signed off his message by praising anyone who was ‘thinking about ways they can help’.
Extinction Rebellion will begin a new set of protests starting from Monday (Picture: Getty Images)
Extinction Rebellion have already promised a return to the streets of London for two weeks of demonstrations starting on Monday.
Commuters and locals could see major disruption as the environmentalists ramp up pressure on the government to take action on the climate crisis.
XR say they have a few surprises in store and branded the City Of London a key target – but are remaining vague about the timing and exact whereabouts of their plans, to maximise their impact.
The Metropolitan Police have pledged to make comprehensive plans to deal with the group, telling Metro.co.uk they aim to minimise disruption.
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