Guest essay by Eric Worrall
Angry “Extinction Rebellion” protestors shut down the BBC headquarters, while demanding the BBC start covering climate change as if it was a major war.
BBC’s London HQ put on lockdown over climate change protest
Extinction Rebellion group calls for environment to be made ‘top editorial issue’
The BBC’s central London headquarters has been put on lockdown due to a protest by climate change campaigners who are demanding it uses its status as national broadcaster to declare a “climate and ecological emergency”.
Broadcasting House was locked down early on Friday afternoon, with BBCstaff and guests unable to enter or leave the building while security kept the peaceful but noisy protesters away from the entrance.
Extinction Rebellion activists, who are demanding a meeting with the BBC director general, Tony Hall, said the corporation had a duty to broadcast about climate change with “the level of urgency placed on informing the public about the second world war”.
Imagine if the protestors had noticed that the BBC is ignoring the green divestment message, and has slid back into investing their pension pot into big oil (
26% £26.6 million investment in BP), though to be fair their investment in Tesla is slightly larger.
Correction (EW): h/t Robert Pollock – the BBC investment in BP is £26.6 million, not 26%.