Recolight CEO Nigel Harvey arrested at London Extinction Rebellion protests

Written by: Maddie Ballard | Published:
Harvey was arrested for wilful obstruction of the public highway in Trafalgar Square

Recolight CEO Nigel Harvey has been arrested at the London Extinction Rebellion protests.

Harvey was arrested at 4pm on 7 October for alleged wilful obstruction of the public highway in Trafalgar Square.

He then spent a night in a police cell, and was released early on 8 October without interview, caution or charge.

He is one of nearly 600 people to have been arrested at the October protests so far.

Harvey manages lighting recycler Recolight’s WEEE compliance scheme and has been chair of the UK WEEE compliance scheme trade association for 10 years.

Speaking about the importance of the protests, he said: “This is not just about polar bears and penguins. This is about the collapse of our societies resulting from mass migration, food riots, flooding, fires, and more.

“For the last decade, many of us have tried to reduce our carbon footprints and encouraged others to do likewise. And yet carbon emissions keep rising.

“All the usual ways of encouraging politicians to take really difficult decisions to address the issue have largely failed. So we need to try something different.”

This week’s protests, the third phase of the Extinction Rebellion (XR) movement in London, are part of an international, large-scale peaceful protest movement to demand government action on climate change.

They follow on from the XR London protests in April 2019, which saw more than 1,000 arrested.

XR are demanding three things from government: to tell the truth about the climate and ecological emergency, to act to halt biodiversity loss and reduce GHG emissions to net zero by 2025, and to establish a citizens’ assembly on climate and ecological justice.

Protests are set to continue until 19 October.

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