Extinction Rebellion: Celebrity backers admit ‘hypocrisy’

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Image caption Hundreds defied the protest ban to gather in Trafalgar Square

Celebrity Extinction Rebellion supporters have admitted in an open letter being “hypocrites” over their high-carbon lifestyles.

But stars including Benedict Cumberbatch, who last week joined London protests, called for “systemic change” to the “fossil-fuel economy”.

It comes as Extinction Rebellion was granted permission to challenge a London-wide protest ban in court.

Several demonstrators have been arrested as hundreds defied the ban.

More than 100 celebrity supporters of Extinction Rebellion signed the letter to the media, which urges the media to focus on “the real story” of the climate and ecological emergency.