Activists with the Extinction Rebellion movement blocked major roads across European cities on Monday October 7th, part of a wide range of demonstrations calling for immediate action to save the Earth from "extinction", AP reported.
The climate protests took place in Berlin, Vienna, Amsterdam, Madrid, and other cities around the world.
Demonstrators carried banners with slogans such as ‘Climate change denies our children a future unless we act now’.
Police in London said they had arrested 135 people after protesters blocked traffic in London's government district of Westminster, according to Reuters.
"We're here because the government is not doing enough on the climate emergency," British protester Lizzy Mansfield told Reuters. "We only get one planet and so we're here to try and defend it."
The loose-knit Extinction Rebellion movement started last year. It sparked a worldwide movement demanding that governments take action against manmade climate change.
The movement pushed the UK government in June to become the first in the European Union to commit itself to a net-zero target for harmful emissions by 2050, AFP reported.
The group is supported by Greta Thunberg, the well-known teenage Swedish climate activist and also by academics studying the world’s rising temperatures and sea levels.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday defended climate protection measures condemned by critics as unambitious, while activists blocked traffic in Berlin as they demanded drastic action to cut carbon emissions responsible for global warming, reported Reuters.
Speaking at the launch of a centre for education on climate, Merkel clarified the measures her government is due to approve on Wednesday, which will include a mechanism to control and monitor emission limits set for individual sectors.