Nursing mothers stage climate protest against Google in London

(Reuters News, 16 Oct 2019) The mothers say they launched their protest in response to a report that said Google has made "substantial" contributions to climate deniers.

About 150 mothers with babies and young children defied a police ban on climate protests to stage a "nurse-in" outside the London offices of Google on Wednesday, while activists launched a parallel protest at the premises of its subsidiary YouTube.

The mothers said they were acting in response to a report in Britain's Guardian newspaper last week that said Google has made "substantial" contributions to climate deniers in Washington despite saying it supports climate action.

"It's just a terrible betrayal to all the parents, families and children that are suffering as a result of the climate and ecological crisis," said Lorna Greenwood, one of the organisers of the mass nurse-in.

Google said in the Guardian report: "We're hardly alone among companies that contribute to organisations while strongly disagreeing with them on climate policy."

The mothers gathered despite police banning protests by the Extinction Rebellion group in London, which has been widely ignored by activists.

Separately, about five Extinction Rebellion volunteers scaled the entrance to YouTube's London office and unfurled a banner that said: "YouTube Stop Platforming Climate Denial."

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Reuters News, 16 Oct 2019: Nursing mothers stage climate protest against Google in London