1. ITV Report

Climate change protests in Newcastle

A protest has been held in Newcastle city centre as part of a week of climate change action.

Activists from the group Extinction Rebellion staged a demonstration at Grey's Monument on Wednesday evening. Campaigners say the protest, similar to those seen in London, is to raise awareness of the devastating impact of climate change.

Extinction Rebellion protest in Newcastle Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
  • In a statement, a government spokesperson said:

“We’ve seen first-hand the impact climate change is having on our environment, and we share people’s passion to tackle this issue and protect our planet for future generations.

“The UK is a global leader in this area, going further than any other G7 nation by cutting our emissions by 40% since 1990 whilst growing our economy by two-thirds, and we have high ambitions to go further. That’s why we've asked our independent climate experts for advice on a net zero emissions target and set out plans to transition to low emission vehicles and significantly reduce pollution through our Clean Air Strategy. We recognise the need to maintain momentum following the Paris Agreement and have therefore offered to host the UN Climate Summit in 2020.

“The right to protest peacefully is a long-standing tradition in this country and a vital foundation of our democracy. People should be free to gather and demonstrate their views in public - provided they do so within the boundaries of law and without endangering the safety of the public.”

– Government spokesperson