We are in a period of enormous,
catastrophic breakdown and if it takes an arrest
to try to find ways of helping to
galvanise public opinion, then it is certainly
worth being arrested. [Policeman] Come on, let’s stand up.
[Jeffrey Newman] No. –Sir, you need to stand
up, please. [Activists chant]
[Crowd cheers] In my opinion,
the finance industry is the belly of the beast
because the investments in their trillions
since the Paris agreement are increasing
so although our governments are failing to take
decisive action with regard to our policies,
these are the guys that are lobbying them,
these are the guys that are holding our
governments in deadlocks. I worked for 30 years
in the City of London, I was in a risk role,
so I understand risk. You know, banks–
Banks don’t take risks in their dealing rooms
that can bankrupt themselves. And yet when I look at
the climate crisis, I sort of look at
our government and it’s taking a lot of risks
with its citizens’ safety and health and our children’s futures.
Some of the things that are being financed by
the Square Mile at the moment are
essentially leading us to destruction, right.
We have no more time left in terms of taking action.
We haven’t got 12 years. We should have started yesterday.