Why? To be arrested.
So far, Extinction Rebellion has counted 222 arrests – and thousands have declared their willingness to be arrested or even imprisoned to demand action against climate change.
Method of the madness
They estimate that a significant number of people must be arrested and causes disruption to the government to pay attention to its demands. These include the UK government explaining an emergency in climate change, reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2025 and starting citizens' assembly.
"People who make decisions must pay attention to a lot of people coming out on the streets to demand action for this crisis we are in," said Roman Paluch-Machnik, an eradication activist who has been arrested more than once.
"You put the police in a dilemma , "Nuala Gathercole Lam, another protester, explained. "If you have thousands of people who refuse to move, they must either let you do that, which is hugely financially disturbing, or they must arrest you."
According to the group, research shows that non-violent uprisings involving 3.5% of the public involved in civilian law forces force a political response because they cannot be ignored.
"Every non-violent uprising since 1900, if it achieves that threshold, succeeds in achieving its goals," Paluch-Machnik said. "One of our main principles is to get this 3.5% mobilized."
It would need about 2 million people to get involved in the UK.
Willing to be arrested
Nearly 10,000 people worldwide have signed up "willing to be arrested" from April 8, 2019, according to the group. About 3000 are based in the UK.
"Nothing has been achieved after 30 years of regular environmental campaign, "Paluch-Machnik said. "People are so motivated by what's happening right now because there is no other option."
"I have always been very worried about continuous news that the government is not addressing the situation," said Alanna Byrne, an activist for Extinction Rebellion. "I felt very isolated in the way I felt."
Together with 25 others, Paluch-Machnik, Lam and Byrne have stopped working to work for the full time of the perfection rebellion.
How far do you want to go to demand action?
In response to critics, who says Extinction Rebellion is causing unnecessary interruption and wasting police time, activists say "climate and ecological distress" require their actions.