You might not know it from the little corporate media coverage, but across the world more than 500 people in 28 countries have been on hunger strike or supporting with fasts, in a protest to get the attention of political leaders and push for more radical action in the face of climate and ecological collapse. In the US several strikers were arrested after occupying Nancy Pelosi’s office in Washington DC.
In London, 5 hunger strikers are in their third week, picketing outside the offices of the main political parties. Their demand is for each party to commit to tabling a Three Demands Bill, which effectively puts Extinction Rebellion’s three demands on the statute.
The hunger strikers are requesting a filmed one hour meeting with each party leader to discuss the climate and ecological emergency and put forward their bill, hoping to get a real commitment to parliamentary debate.
To date, only one political leader has met the group for their requested filmed discussion – Adam Price, leader of Plaid Cymru.
The Green Party sent along deputies and party officials for a filmed meeting.
Despite visits and support from senior members of both Labour and the Liberal Democrats, no leaders meeting has been arranged.
The Conservatives and the Brexit Party are yet to give any official response.
Real Media interviewed the hunger strikers at the weekend outside the Labour and Conservative offices in Westminster.
If you’d like to support the campaign, they are asking people to phone and email the main party offices to tell them to listen to and engage with the hunger strikers demands.
Conservatives: +44 (0) 20 7222 9000
Labour: +44 (0) 345 092 2299
Liberal Democrats: +44 (0) 20 7022 0988