Retailers lose £10m amid London climate change protests

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// Retailers disrupted by London’s climate change protests
// New West End Company calls on mayor and police to take urgent action

Retailers are being disrupted as the climate change protests continue to take place in central London.

New West End Company, which represents retailers in London’s West End, labelled them as “hugely disruptive” and said the protests need to be brought under control as footfall numbers on Oxford Street and surrounds plummet.

In addition, retailers in the area have reportedly lost £10 million in trade.

The New West End Company has called on London Mayor Sadiq Khan and the police to take action against the protests.

New West End Company chief executive Jace Tyrrell told BBC Breakfast: “Some of the stores have already reported they are 25 per cent down in sales.

”Retail is going through quite a difficult period at the moment so it’s hugely disruptive.

“We’re calling on the mayor and Met police to really get control and stop this disruption in the West End.”

For the past two days, around 300 protesters have been arrested in London by the group Extinction Rebellion, whose aim is to shed light on climate change and urge the government to take action.

The protesters aim to disrupt London’s Underground stations today.

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  1. I’d like to also hear reports on the losses caused by what they’re selling. We need that balance too I think. Do you know?

    e.g. this report in The Economist called “The environmental costs of creating clothes” gives a sense if what we’re talking about.

    “Massive amounts of energy, water and other resources are needed to make clothes. From the pesticides poured on cotton fields to the washes in which denim is dunked, making 1kg of fabric generates 23kg of greenhouse gases on average, reckons McKinsey, a consultancy. “


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