A York researcher has been arrested after she glued herself to a government building in London.
Dr Abi Perrin was taking part in the Extinction Rebellion protests calling for action on the climate emergency.
Dr Perrin, a research associate in the biology department of the University of York, was one of a number of scientists who glued themselves to the government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
The XR Scientists also glued scientific papers to the windows. The action was a response to the government’s recent energy strategy.
Before her arrest, Dr Perrin said: “I hope that by being here with thousands of others, we can raise awareness, put pressure on a government who are failing us, and make connections that will help us build the fairer, brighter future we want to see.”
She has since been released and is waiting to see if she will be charged with any offence.
Five other York protesters were threatened with arrest after taking part in the London demonstrations, which included blocking major routes and bridges across the city to block traffic.
In a final mass action on Sunday afternoon, activists scaled Marble Arch to drape huge banner across it.
Following the national rebellion, York activists will host a community awareness raising event on 7 May at the Priory Street Centre. The free event, ‘Unheard Voices’, features speakers from across the world who are working on, or actively impacted by, climate issues.
“In London we put forward the clear message that we need to stop using dead fuels,” said XR York’s Laura Cox.
“Back in York, we want to build local connections and help people understand what climate change really means, which is why we’re hosting Unheard Voices.”