Around 150 mothers with babies and young children challenged a police ban on climate protests to stage a “nurse-in” outside the London offices of Google on Wednesday, while activists started a parallel rally at the premises of its unit YouTube.
The mothers stated they had been acting in response to a report in Britain’s Guardian newspaper last week that stated Google has made “substantial” contributions to climate deniers in Washington regardless of saying it supports climate action.
Google stated in the Guardian report: “We’re hardly alone among firms that contribute to organizations while strongly disagreeing with them on climate policy.”
The mothers amassed regardless of police banning protests by the Extinction Rebellion group in London, which has been ignored by activists.
Individually, about five Extinction Rebellion volunteers marched the entrance to YouTube’s London office and unrolled a banner that said: “YouTube Cease Platforming Climate Denial.”
Extinction Rebellion Youth, a group associated with the main movement, accused YouTube, which is owned by Google, of offering a disproportionate platform to people who deny the scientific consensus that climate change is caused by burning fossil fuels.
Police stated Wednesday that they had arrested 1,642 people in London since Extinction Rebellion started a wave of a civil strike on Oct. 7.
Extinction Rebellion wants to force authorities to take bold action to deal with climate change and the rapid loss of plant and animal species by utilizing disruptive ways such as blocking roads and bridges and gluing themselves to constructions.