Climate Activists Stop Access to UK’s Nuclear Submarine Base in Scotland
London – Members of the Scottish branch of the Extinction Rebellion (XR) ecological movement alongside peace activists stopped on Friday one of entrance to a Royal Navy base harboring the UK’s nuclear submarine fleet in Scotland, urging a “safe, green future.”
“We need to build a just, sustainable future, collectively with the whole world, rather than the UK lavishing hundreds of millions on its personal pile of nukes while the climate crisis and social injustice destroy the planet around us,” Meg Peyton Jones, biologist and XR Scotland activist, was quoted as saying in the press release issued by the environmental movement.
XR also claimed that the nuclear base is polluting the river Clyde with toxic chemical and that the update and maintenance of the Trident missiles aboard the UK’s Vanguard-class submarines have been estimated at 205 billion pounds ($284.7 billion) of taxpayers’ money.
The group, which describes itself as a politically non-partisan international movement that uses non-violent direct action to persuade governments to act justly on the climate and ecological emergency, said Friday’s action at Faslane was part of the Peace Lotus campaign, a global day of anti-war resistance celebrating the anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War.