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Extinction Rebellion and Greenpeace stage climate change march at Glastonbury Festival

Activists gather ahead of the procession. Credit: ITV News West Country

Climate change activists from Extinction Rebellion and Greenpeace UK joined forces this afternoon to take part in a march at Glastonbury Festival.

Protesters from the two organisations came together to lead a procession through the Worthy Farm site, led by Extinction Rebellion’s trademark pink boat.

The event, which was part-organised by the official Glastonbury team, was held to “demand changes to the way we live as a society” and to avoid a “climate catastrophe”.

This is a chance for everybody at the festival who feels passionately about protecting our planet and future generations to be part of a collective moment, before the main stages open up on the Friday.

– Emily Eavis

The procession started at the festival’s Park Stage before making its way to the Stone Circle.

While there, activists created the largest-ever ‘human hourglass’ - which was meant to symbolise the time humans have left to avoid an extinction.

On Sunday, Extinction Rebellion will also join forces with the Wisdom Keepers to hold a minute silence on the Pyramid Stage, in memory of Make Ecocide Law founder Polly Jenkins.

Extinction Rebellion also has set up a “Rebel Rebel” tent in the Green Futures field for the weekend with a program of talks on the “climate emergency”.

The climate emergency is the most dangerous threat currently facing all life on earth. It is also important to acknowledge the people who have been standing up for us and for our planet for years.

– Dr Gail Bradbrook, Extinction Rebellion