Updated: Oct 12, 2020
Activists from Extinction Rebellion (XR) in the UK went after the fashion industry as well as air travel, in mid-February, 2020, blocking traffic outside a London fashion week venue on Saturday as well as at the Gatwick airport. Dozens of demonstrators snarled traffic at a busy intersection where the fashion trade show was taking place.One of the protest directors lamented that, while “London is home to the cutting edge of sustainable and ethical design,” yet, London fashion week lags behind.” One is left thinking about the garment industry, its waste, filling up our landfills with old clothes that no one wants, exploiting workers in sweat shops, working children 12 hours a day, etc. Go grunge! Save the Planet!
Roughly simultaneously, other XR activist took over much of the Gatwick airport not far away. The tactics employed were very smooth and intelligent, entering the airport looking like anyone else, simply awaiting the arrival of someone, since they suspected, probably quite correctly, that if they came as protesters they would not be allowed to enter. Once inside, the protest began with full regalia, information, props, and protesters even greeting travelers upon arrival. Outside, one activist climbed up on top of a plane and just sat on it, garnering some additional attention for the cause.