Activists scale government building in climate protest

LONDON (AP) — Climate activists in hard hats scaled a U.K. government building Tuesday, unfurling a banner demanding that countries attending the upcoming U.N. climate conference invest in plant-based alternatives to meat.

The activists campaigning for Animal Rebellion climbed between 10 meters and 20 meters (32 feet to 65 feet) up the latticework decoration of the building which houses the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs. The activists are an offshoot of Extinction Rebellion, which has blocked traffic, disrupted public transport and set up encampments to gain attention and press for stronger action against climate change.

The climbers hung a large yellow banner reading “COP26: Invest in a plant-based future.”

No arrests have been made.

The group said its protest will remain in place until Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledges to urge all world leaders to end meat and dairy subsidies at the upcoming COP26 summit next week in Scotland.

Environmental protesters attach themselves to the outside of the building which contains the Home Office and the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs in Westminster in London, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. The demonstrators from Animal Rebellion are calling for a switch to plant based diets. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

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