London, United Kingdom – Outside the gates of Buckingham Palace on a drizzly Tuesday afternoon Steve Russell, 60, stood among a crowd singing: “I would rather be a crusty than be extinct!”
The retired physicist was protesting with Extinction Rebellion.
Russel, grandfather of two, is part of a collective of older people or “rebels” who have joined the protests aimed at drawing attention to the global climate crisis.
Mass protests organised by Extinction Rebellion have, at times, brought London’s busy streets to a standstill.
Retired and mortgage-free, Russel said he was willing to sacrifice his freedom to make his point. Since the environmental group began its two-week lockdown of the London city centre on October 7, more than 1,600 people have been arrested, many