Extinction Rebellion plans to infiltrate British advertising awards raising money for disabled children charity and protest against ‘greenwashing’ – as eco group tells 290 eco-activists they should ‘dress smart’ to blend in
- EXCLUSIVE: Extinction Rebellion plans to infiltrate awards in London tonight
- XR will protest ‘greenwashing’ at event partnered with disabled children charity
Extinction Rebellion is planning to infiltrate an advertising awards raising money for a disabled children charity this evening, MailOnline can reveal.
The controversial environmental group told 290 of its eco-activists to ‘dress smart’ to blend in with people invited to the Campaign Big Awards at the five-star Londoner Hotel, in Leicester Square.
Extinction Rebellion (XR) London organiser Cynthia told the XR London Actions group on WhatsApp their protest would last for an hour and a half and there would be a ‘low chance of arrest’.
She urged eco-warriors to join the group in ‘calling out the cynical approach of those running agencies greenwashing the worst companies in the world and educating their employees about who their company works for.’
The XR organiser added ‘smart (awards) dress [was] preferred’ for the protest to ‘end advertising greenwashing’.
Extinction Rebellion (pictured) is planning to infiltrate an advertising awards partnered with a charity for disabled children this evening, MailOnline can reveal
The much-despised environmental group told 290 of its eco-activists to ‘dress smart’ to blend in with people invited to the Campaign Big Awards at the five-star Londoner Hotel, in Leicester Square
London group organiser Cynthia (pictured), a 52-year-old teacher from Argentina who ‘fell in love’ with XR after seeing the group on TV, told MailOnline the protest was going ahead as planned
Greenwashing is used to describe companies that use advertising to seem more environmentally friendly than they are.
The Campaign Big Awards aim to celebrate ‘the brightest ideas coming out of UK adland’.
They will also be raising money for Skylark, a charity in Richmond that provides activities and therapies for children with disabilities and additional needs, as well as support groups for families and carers.
Adverts up for awards include a Greenpeace film about ‘Mother Nature’ and a WWF one on the ‘future of nature’.
Even so, XR has named its protest tonight the ‘Charred Earth Awards’.
London group organiser Cynthia, a 52-year-old teacher from Argentina who ‘fell in love’ with XR after seeing the group on TV, told MailOnline the protest was going ahead as planned.
During another XR protest two years ago she said: ‘We are approaching the tipping points so fast that unless something real is done we’re going to be in serious trouble.
‘Governments are very good at massaging the figures and not telling us the truth, and finding ways to leave the measures that need to be taken for later.
‘I think this Rebellion is going to be awesome. I have seen peaceful protest work.
The protest comes after around a week of demonstrations by fellow eco-morons Just Stop Oil
‘Sometimes it takes days, most times it takes months or years, but if you are relentless then you get what you want eventually.’
The Campaign Big Awards event manager said the venue was aware of the protest and would be handling security measures.
XR UK told MailOnline the event would go ahead.
The protest comes after around a week of demonstrations by fellow eco-morons Just Stop Oil.
On Monday, the police arrested 115 Just Stop Oil activists during a demonstration in Hendon.
Just yesterday, police officers were seen politely asking Just Stop Oil protesters ‘could you come with me please?’ as eco-activists played dead in the middle of a busy road in London.
The brazen group of 23 eco-zealots, who were seen blocking traffic in Oval, went on to mock police officers arresting them with one ridiculing a cop, telling him ‘I don’t go anywhere with strange men’ when he asked her to move.
It follows a war of words between the Metropolitan Police and the campaigners, after demonstrators, unfazed by their arrests, took to social media boasting that officers ‘quite literally can’t arrest us all’.
In a now-deleted post, the London force quipped back, writing ‘we “quite literally” just have’.
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