Environmental activists in Britain and France stepped up campaigns Saturday to get their governments to confront climate change with greater urgency, part of a week of global climate actions.Thousands of people marched in south Paris to press French President Emmanuel Macron, world leaders at the United Nations and multinational companies to reduce greenhouse emissions faster,The protest turned violent for a while after dozens of marchers dressed in black broke windows and set fire to makeshift street barricades. Police blocked off side streets and used tear gas and batons indiscriminately to disperse the crowds as demonstrators ran for cover.Around the busy Port of Dover, the English port nearest to France and a main transport link, activists from the Extinction Rebellion group launched a “blockade” to “highlight the vulnerability of the U.K.’s food supply in the face of the ecological and climate emergency.” Ten people were arrested. Saturday’s protests come a day after hundreds of thousands of mostly young people marched, rallied and demonstrated around the world, demanding action to combat climate change. The Global Climate Strike took place Friday in advance of a United Nations climate summit.France’s Macron will be among those speaking at the U.N. summit Monday. While he has… Read full this story
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