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XR encourages activists to knock on people’s doors and have a ‘proper chat’ about global warming – Daily Mail

Extinction Rebellion has encouraged eco-fanatics to knock on people’s doors and have a ‘proper’ chat about climate change as critics slammed the extremist group’s ‘Jehovah’s witness’-style tactics.

The activists have been taking part in protests across the country since last week in a bid to force the Government to stop using fossil fuels.

Just today XR protested the use of fossil fuels by creating a spectacle in London as eco-morons draped a banner from Tower Bridge and abseiled into The Thames.

It caused the bridge to be shut for five hours as police responded to the climate stunt.

Extinction Rebellion (XR) has released a video showing a child knocking on people's doors in a bid to encourage eco-warriors to descend on British homes

Extinction Rebellion (XR) has released a video showing a child knocking on people’s doors in a bid to encourage eco-warriors to descend on British homes

Eco-warrior Scarlett (pictured) addressed XR's supporters, saying if she as a child could knock on doors then it shouldn't be 'scary' for adults to do so

Eco-warrior Scarlett (pictured) addressed XR’s supporters, saying if she as a child could knock on doors then it shouldn’t be ‘scary’ for adults to do so

XR has released a video encouraging its band of eco-warriors to take the climate fight to people’s front doors.

A child called Scarlett addressed the camera, decrying the media and calling for protesters to knock on people’s doors to discuss the climate.

She said it was ‘exactly what kids like me do every Halloween’ and that the purpose was ‘raising awareness on Government inaction on climate change’. 

She gave a set of tips for staying safe and protecting each 'gang' of eco-warriors during door knocks

She gave a set of tips for staying safe and protecting each ‘gang’ of eco-warriors during door knocks

The video received a large backlash online with many hardworking Brits suggesting XR members would not be welcome to knock on their doors

The video received a large backlash online with many hardworking Brits suggesting XR members would not be welcome to knock on their doors

The Conservatives have set a target to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 78 per cent by 2035 and reduce it to net zero by 2050.

Eco-warrior Scarlett added: ‘Have some fun. This is your chance to have brilliant conversations. You’re not just there to talk, you’re there to listen, to engage, to have a proper chat.’

However, not everyone seemed as keen as Scarlett to encourage the eco-zealots to descend on the front doors of Britain.

Extinction Rebellion shut down Tower Bridge and hang a banner from its side in yet another damaging protest

Extinction Rebellion shut down Tower Bridge and hang a banner from its side in yet another damaging protest

The bridge remained closed at lunchtime after 8 days of UK protests and another week planned in London

The bridge remained closed at lunchtime after 8 days of UK protests and another week planned in London

Social media user Michael Scotch said: ‘I’d rather not have someone attempt to indoctrinate me on my doorstep.’

Meanwhile, a social media user from Cheshire said they would treat them ‘like a Jehovah’s witness’.

Twitter user James Terrier said: ‘They’ve never been polite and neither will I’.

A spokeswoman for Extinction Rebellion told MailOnline the film was a ‘cute’ video that encouraged door knocking, a technique she said was inspired by Bernie Sanders’ campaigning in the US.

She added although the video showed a child seemingly knocking on doors by herself, XR had advised against this.

An activist lets off a flare as she dangles above the Thames on the eve of what the group are calling their 'April Rebellion'

An activist lets off a flare as she dangles above the Thames on the eve of what the group are calling their ‘April Rebellion’

A male protester on the other side was also slowly apprehended by the police officers before being arrested

A male protester on the other side was also slowly apprehended by the police officers before being arrested

One of the abseilers was serial protester Amy Rugg-Easey (pictured after being arrested), a Labour-voting voting watchmaker and rollerskater from Newcastle upon Tyne who describes herself as a ‘rebel for life’

People are questioning how protesters were able to shut down central London again

One of the abseilers appears to be a serial protester Amy Rugg-Easey (picture), a Labour-voting voting watchmaker and rollerskater from Newcastle upon Tyne who describes herself as a 'rebel for life'

People are questioning how protesters were able to shut down central London again. One of the abseilers was serial protester Amy Rugg-Easey (picture), a Labour-voting voting watchmaker and rollerskater from Newcastle upon Tyne who describes herself as a ‘rebel for life’

The eco-protester was then brought down to a police boat waiting in the Thames below

The eco-protester was then brought down to a police boat waiting in the Thames below

She said: ‘There’s very clear safety advice. [Door knock groups] are run by adults. You always go in pairs.’

She added the video was about ‘globalisation’ and knocking on people’s doors was a ‘mobilisation technique’.

The climate change group has planned daily ‘mass participation’ protests from London’s Hyde Park this Saturday, threatening to shut down parts of London every day until Easter.

Police on the scene as the eco-protesters block a road leading to the Kingsbury oil terminal in Warwickshire this morning

Police on the scene as the eco-protesters block a road leading to the Kingsbury oil terminal in Warwickshire this morning

30 protesters returned to the Esso oil facility near Heathrow Airport yesterday, erecting a bamboo structure on April 4

30 protesters returned to the Esso oil facility near Heathrow Airport yesterday, erecting a bamboo structure on April 4

Police officers work to free a Just Stop Oil activist involved in a blockade at the Titan Truck Park in Grays, Essex, on April 2

Police officers work to free a Just Stop Oil activist involved in a blockade at the Titan Truck Park in Grays, Essex, on April 2

Activists from Just Stop Oil block the route of a tanker as they blockade the Esso Birmingham Fuel Terminal on April 1

Activists from Just Stop Oil block the route of a tanker as they blockade the Esso Birmingham Fuel Terminal on April 1

Police have arrested 400 supporters in the past eight days. 

XR says it will gather at Hyde Park Corner each day ‘where there will be regular training in nonviolent civil disobedience and resistance tactics before marching into London to block areas of the city for as long as possible’.

The group said it expected ‘record’ numbers and the protest on Saturday could be the ‘biggest yet’. 

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