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How we delivered a landmark week for the green movement

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A banker, a politician, a teenage climate activist and a supporter of non-violent civil disobedience walk into a bar for a drink.

The banker pays, saying he has the funds to buy the best drink, while the politician says she wants to ensure that all drinks are of the same high standard. The climate activist complains the drinks are too long coming, while the supporter of civil disobedience says he’ll smash the glasses if the drinks aren’t good enough. This could be the tale of the last week in the battle against our climate emergency.

Last Monday activists from Extinction Rebellion began their International Rebellion, with a pledge to shut down London. Waterloo bridge was transformed from a noisy traffic thoroughfare to a vibrant garden bridge. Boris Johnson’s version wasted £53m on designer and construction contracts and was never built. This one appeared literally overnight, created by people bringing trees, plants and flowers, constructing a skate park, play areas and entertainment stages. People have begun to wonder if a post-fossil-fuel era might actually be a lot of fun.

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So successful has this movement been that their demands are well enough known to trip off the tongue of every........

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