Nearly 50 Greenpeace Members Camp Atop Parliament Roof for Climate Change

LONDON, Oct. 12 (UPI) — Nearly 50 Greenpeace members spent the night on the roof of Britain’s Parliament to draw attention to climate change, the group said Monday.

Thirty-one protesters remained on the roof Monday, the rest having climbed down earlier in the day and been arrested on suspicion of trespassing, CNN reported.

The rooftop occupation was timed to coincide with the return of lawmakers for the autumn session of Parliament, a Greenpeace statement said.

Greenpeace members plan “a new style of politics in Britain, one capable of rising to meet the challenge of climate change,” the statement said.

“We need politicians who are thinking about the next generation, not just the next election,” the statement said.

Police described the rooftop occupation as peaceful and said they were in touch with a Greenpeace representative on the ground to help ensure the protesters’ safety.

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