Animal Rebellion Disrupts Platinum Jubilee To Demand A Plant-Based Future And Rewilding Of Royal Land

  • 25 supporters of Animal Rebellion have disrupted the ‘Trooping The Colour’ event as the Queen’s procession made its way towards Buckingham Palace.
  • They are doing so due to the Crown’s inaction on the climate emergency and their continued support for meat, fishing, and dairy, a leading contributor to climate breakdown [1].
  • The Crown is one of the largest landholders in The UK [2] and has had decades to transition to plant-based farming and rewilding but has chosen not to.

During the opening of the Platinum Jubilee weekend, Animal Rebellion disrupted the royal procession on Pall Mall. This comes after the group dyed the Buckingham Palace fountains red last August [3]. The group are urging for an immediate transition to a plant-based future and rewilding.

Beau King Houston, amongst those taking action, has said “The Royal family has had decades to lead the way on a just transition to plant-based farming and has failed to do so. This transition is common sense and simple, we all win. 76% of currently farmed land could be rewilded and absorb carbon from the atmosphere. This would restore nature, spare billions of animals, and present a solution to the climate emergency, all in one act.” [4]

This action comes as a response to Royal disregard for all life. Since Animal Rebellion last highlighted Crown complicity in the climate emergency, the necessary changes to Royal land have not happened. February’s IPCC report stated, “Any further delay in concerted anticipatory global action on adaptation and mitigation will miss a brief and rapidly closing window of opportunity to secure a liveable and sustainable future for all.” [5]

By refusing to make the necessary changes to Royal land, the Crown is showing it does not care for millions across the UK and billions of the most vulnerable across the planet. They have also come under fire for blocking construction of renewable energy sources [6].

Robert Gordon, a spokesperson for the group, said “These jubilee celebrations are set to cost the taxpayer tens, if not hundreds of millions of pounds. All whilst we are struggling through the cost-of-living crisis and families across the country are increasingly reliant on foodbanks. Instead, this obscene amount of money could have been used to provide instant food security and kick start a plant-based future where no child is left hungry or terrified by climate collapse. We must reclaim royal land for this.”

A global shift to a plant-based food system would sequester more than 300 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide, effectively halting increase in atmospheric greenhouse gasses for 30 years [7]. Rewilding the freed-up land would not only offer carbon drawdown but would also play a vital role in repairing the biodiversity crisis [8]. 

The action today comes as part of Animal Rebellion’s demands for a plant-based future, which were announced on Monday 23rd of May [9]. The group is urging for wholesale governmental support for a transition to a plant-based food system and programme of rewilding that will secure a future for generations to come. 

Animal Rebellion is a mass movement using nonviolent civil disobedience to call for a just, sustainable plant-based food system. 

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Notes To Editors

[1] Jia. G, Shevliakova. E et al, “Chapter 2: Land-Climate Interactions” in UN Special Report: Climate Change and Land (2019.) https://www.ipcc.ch/srccl/

[2] https://web.archive.org/web/20130116064209/http://www.thecrownestate.co.uk/rural/agriculture/

[3] https://animalrebellion.org/animal-and-climate-protestors-dye-buckingham-palace-fountains-blood-red/

[4] https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.aaq0216

[5] https://www.ipcc.ch/report/sixth-assessment-report-working-group-ii/

[6] https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/jul/28/queen-secretly-lobbied-scottish-ministers-climate-law-exemption&sa=D&source=docs&ust=1653996862478951&usg=AOvVaw11zt7DqPAcAu7bQNnQnYBv

[7] https://scientistswarning.forestry.oregonstate.edu/sites/sw/files/Hayek2020.pdf

[8] https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.aav5570

[9] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOq2Jqqga9E&t=5s

Animal Rebellion Disrupts Platinum Jubilee To Demand A Plant-Based Future And Rewilding Of Royal Land

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