London (CNN)British actress Emma Thompson has climbed aboard a pink boat that has occupied one of central London’s main traffic intersections for the last five days as climate change activists continue to protest in the UK capital on Friday.

Since Monday, the British-based Extinction Rebellion (XR) group has orchestrated non-violent mass protests, crippling some of city’s major traffic routes — including at Marble Arch, Parliament Square, Oxford Circus and Waterloo Bridge — to highlight “disastrous inaction” on climate change.The grassroots movement has three aims: to get governments to declare a “climate emergency;” to eliminate net greenhouse gas emissions by 2025; and to have citizens’ assemblies lead the government on climate and ecological justice.On Friday, Oscar-winner Thompson — known for “Sense and Sensibility,” “Saving Mr. Banks” and “Love Actually” — joined protesters in the brilliant Good Friday sunshine at Oxford Circus. She told reporters she had been inspired to join after watching the movement over the last week, Britain’s Press Association reported. “This is the most pressing and urgent problem of our time, in the history of the human race,” she said, adding that young people have been failed by her generation and politicians. Read More”I have seen the evidence for myself and I really care about my children and grandchildren enough to want to be here today to stand with the next generation,” Thompson added. Thompson joins the Extinction Rebellion protest at Oxford Circus on Friday in London. Thompson joins the Extinction Rebellion protest at Oxford Circus on Friday in London. Thompson joins the Extinction Rebellion protest at Oxford Circus on Friday in London. Thompson then climbed a ladder leaning on the parked vessel — which has several activists lying beneath it — and emerged on its deck as crowds cheered. “We are here in this little island of sanity and it makes me so happy to be able to join you all and to add my voice to the young people here who have inspired a whole new movement,” she said. Thompson joins the fifth day of protests by an environmental campaign group which has  blocked key junctions in central London to highlight the ongoing ecological crisis.Thompson joins the fifth day of protests by an environmental campaign group which has  blocked key junctions in central London to highlight the ongoing ecological crisis.Thompson joins the fifth day of protests by an environmental campaign group which has blocked key junctions in central London to highlight the ongoing ecological crisis.As the actress spoke, police on the ground moved forward and formed a ring around the boat, gently taking a few steps forward to push people back. A policeman told CNN that about 50 officers had surrounded the boat. He added that people were free to leave but they would not be allowed to return. Thompson remained on board for an hour. Shortly after she left, police moved in again and began clearing the area. CNN saw several officers speaking to activists who had attached themselves to the vessel. The activists were told that if they refused to leave, they would be given a sticker and then have to wait to be arrested. Meanwhile, police specialists carrying mountaineering gear inspected how the boat was attached to the road.The activists have been bracing themselves for arrests throughout the week. On Friday, London Metropolitan Police said they had arrested more than 570 people. British actress Emma Thompson talks to members of the news media on Friday, April 19, from atop a boat being used by climate activists to blockade the Oxford Circus junction in central London.British actress Emma Thompson talks to members of the news media on Friday, April 19, from atop a boat being used by climate activists to blockade the Oxford Circus junction in central London. Photos: In photos: Climate change activists stage protests across LondonBritish actress Emma Thompson talks to members of the news media on Friday, April 19, from atop a boat being used by climate activists to blockade the Oxford Circus junction in central London.Hide Caption 1 of 25Police carry a protester away from Oxford Circus on April 17.Police carry a protester away from Oxford Circus on April 17. Photos: In photos: Climate change activists stage protests across LondonPolice carry a protester away from Oxford Circus on April 17.Hide Caption 2 of 25Activists blockade Waterloo bridge on the third day of protests organized by the Extinction Rebellion group.Activists blockade Waterloo bridge on the third day of protests organized by the Extinction Rebellion group. Photos: In photos: Climate change activists stage protests across LondonActivists blockade Waterloo bridge on the third day of protests organized by the Extinction Rebellion group.Hide Caption 3 of 25Activists, including Labour Party councilor Skeena Rathor, left, are photographed with their hands glued together and locked to a fence outside the home of Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn in north London on April 17.Activists, including Labour Party councilor Skeena Rathor, left, are photographed with their hands glued together and locked to a fence outside the home of Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn in north London on April 17. Photos: In photos: Climate change activists stage protests across LondonActivists, including Labour Party councilor Skeena Rathor, left, are photographed with their hands glued together and locked to a fence outside the home of Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn in north London on April 17.Hide Caption 4 of 25Police begin to remove climate activists who glued themselves to a train in London on April 17.Police begin to remove climate activists who glued themselves to a train in London on April 17. Photos: In photos: Climate change activists stage protests across LondonPolice begin to remove climate activists who glued themselves to a train in London on April 17.Hide Caption 5 of 25Climate activists hold a sign on top of a Dockland Light Railway train at Canary Wharf station, in east London, as part of ongoing climate change protests in the English capital.Climate activists hold a sign on top of a Dockland Light Railway train at Canary Wharf station, in east London, as part of ongoing climate change protests in the English capital. Photos: In photos: Climate change activists stage protests across LondonClimate activists hold a sign on top of a Dockland Light Railway train at Canary Wharf station, in east London, as part of ongoing climate change protests in the English capital.Hide Caption 6 of 25Activists block Oxford Circus in central London on Wednesday.Activists block Oxford Circus in central London on Wednesday. Photos: In photos: Climate change activists stage protests across LondonActivists block Oxford Circus in central London on Wednesday.Hide Caption 7 of 25A climate change protestor who glued his hand to a window halts a train at Canary wharf station on the third day of environmental protests by the Extinction Rebellion group.A climate change protestor who glued his hand to a window halts a train at Canary wharf station on the third day of environmental protests by the Extinction Rebellion group. Photos: In photos: Climate change activists stage protests across LondonA climate change protestor who glued his hand to a window halts a train at Canary wharf station on the third day of environmental protests by the Extinction Rebellion group.Hide Caption 8 of 25Climate change protestors practice yoga on Waterloo Bridge in central London on April 17.Climate change protestors practice yoga on Waterloo Bridge in central London on April 17. Photos: In photos: Climate change activists stage protests across LondonClimate change protestors practice yoga on Waterloo Bridge in central London on April 17.Hide Caption 9 of 25A boy plays football across chalk drawings during the ongoing blockade of Waterloo Bridge.A boy plays football across chalk drawings during the ongoing blockade of Waterloo Bridge. Photos: In photos: Climate change activists stage protests across LondonA boy plays football across chalk drawings during the ongoing blockade of Waterloo Bridge.Hide Caption 10 of 25Police officers remove a protester from the Waterloo Bridge blockade during a coordinated protest on Tuesday, April 16.Police officers remove a protester from the Waterloo Bridge blockade during a coordinated protest on Tuesday, April 16. Photos: In photos: Climate change activists stage protests across LondonPolice officers remove a protester from the Waterloo Bridge blockade during a coordinated protest on Tuesday, April 16.Hide Caption 11 of 25Activists carry model insects as the demonstrate on Waterloo Bridge on April 16.Activists carry model insects as the demonstrate on Waterloo Bridge on April 16. Photos: In photos: Climate change activists stage protests across LondonActivists carry model insects as the demonstrate on Waterloo Bridge on April 16.Hide Caption 12 of 25A infant is held alongside a protest sign in Parliament Square, London, on Tuesday.A infant is held alongside a protest sign in Parliament Square, London, on Tuesday. Photos: In photos: Climate change activists stage protests across LondonA infant is held alongside a protest sign in Parliament Square, London, on Tuesday.Hide Caption 13 of 25Members of the Extinction Rebellion group talk with police during a demonstration at Waterloo Bridge. Members of the Extinction Rebellion group talk with police during a demonstration at Waterloo Bridge. Photos: In photos: Climate change activists stage protests across LondonMembers of the Extinction Rebellion group talk with police during a demonstration at Waterloo Bridge. Hide Caption 14 of 25"No Time to Waste" is written on the pavement at Waterloo Bridge."No Time to Waste" is written on the pavement at Waterloo Bridge. Photos: In photos: Climate change activists stage protests across London”No Time to Waste” is written on the pavement at Waterloo Bridge.Hide Caption 15 of 25Extinction Rebellion demonstrators camp near Marble Arch, London, on April 16.Extinction Rebellion demonstrators camp near Marble Arch, London, on April 16. Photos: In photos: Climate change activists stage protests across LondonExtinction Rebellion demonstrators camp near Marble Arch, London, on April 16.Hide Caption 16 of 25An activist sprays graffiti on an awning at the Shell Centre, offices of Royal Dutch Shell, as demonstrators surround the building during an environmental protest by Extinction Rebellion members on Monday, April 15.An activist sprays graffiti on an awning at the Shell Centre, offices of Royal Dutch Shell, as demonstrators surround the building during an environmental protest by Extinction Rebellion members on Monday, April 15. Photos: In photos: Climate change activists stage protests across LondonAn activist sprays graffiti on an awning at the Shell Centre, offices of Royal Dutch Shell, as demonstrators surround the building during an environmental protest by Extinction Rebellion members on Monday, April 15.Hide Caption 17 of 25A campaigner sits with her hand glued to the revolving doors at the entrance to the Shell Oil building on April 15.A campaigner sits with her hand glued to the revolving doors at the entrance to the Shell Oil building on April 15. Photos: In photos: Climate change activists stage protests across LondonA campaigner sits with her hand glued to the revolving doors at the entrance to the Shell Oil building on April 15.Hide Caption 18 of 25Protesting acrobats block traffic in London on April 15.Protesting acrobats block traffic in London on April 15. Photos: In photos: Climate change activists stage protests across LondonProtesting acrobats block traffic in London on April 15.Hide Caption 19 of 25Members of the Extinction Rebellion group stage a demonstration on Waterloo Bridge.Members of the Extinction Rebellion group stage a demonstration on Waterloo Bridge. Photos: In photos: Climate change activists stage protests across LondonMembers of the Extinction Rebellion group stage a demonstration on Waterloo Bridge.Hide Caption 20 of 25Ice blocks shaped as life vests melt in the sun as members and supporters of Extinction Rebellion rally in Parliament Square on April 15.Ice blocks shaped as life vests melt in the sun as members and supporters of Extinction Rebellion rally in Parliament Square on April 15. Photos: In photos: Climate change activists stage protests across LondonIce blocks shaped as life vests melt in the sun as members and supporters of Extinction Rebellion rally in Parliament Square on April 15.Hide Caption 21 of 25Demonstrators wear costumes at Oxford Circus.Demonstrators wear costumes at Oxford Circus. Photos: In photos: Climate change activists stage protests across LondonDemonstrators wear costumes at Oxford Circus.Hide Caption 22 of 25An environmental protestor stands on a barrier to take a picture on April 15.An environmental protestor stands on a barrier to take a picture on April 15. Photos: In photos: Climate change activists stage protests across LondonAn environmental protestor stands on a barrier to take a picture on April 15.Hide Caption 23 of 25Acrobats participate in the demonstration at Oxford Circus on April 15.Acrobats participate in the demonstration at Oxford Circus on April 15. Photos: In photos: Climate change activists stage protests across LondonAcrobats participate in the demonstration at Oxford Circus on April 15.Hide Caption 24 of 25Environmental protesters from the Extinction Rebellion group arrive with a tree to stage a demonstration on Waterloo Bridge. Protesters placed plants along the length of the bridge on April 15.Environmental protesters from the Extinction Rebellion group arrive with a tree to stage a demonstration on Waterloo Bridge. Protesters placed plants along the length of the bridge on April 15. Photos: In photos: Climate change activists stage protests across LondonEnvironmental protesters from the Extinction Rebellion group arrive with a tree to stage a demonstration on Waterloo Bridge. Protesters placed plants along the length of the bridge on April 15.Hide Caption 25 of 2501 emma thompson london climate protest 041913 extinction rebellion protest 041714 extinction rebellion protest 041715 extinction rebellion protest 041705 extinction rebellion climate protest 041712 extinction rebellion protest 041710 extinction rebellion climate protest 041703 extinction rebellion climate protest 041708 extinction rebellion climate protest 041707 extinction rebellion climate protest 041702 extinction rebellion climate protest 041601 extinction rebellion climate protest 041604 extinction rebellion climate protest 0416 RESTRICTED05 extinction rebellion climate protest 0416 RESTRICTED06 extinction rebellion climate protest 0416 RESTRICTED19 extinction rebellion climate protest 0415 RESTRICTED16 extinction rebellion climate protest 041515 extinction rebellion climate protest 041518 extinction rebellion climate protest 0415 RESTRICTED07 extinction rebellion climate protest 041517 extinction rebellion climate protest 0415 RESTRICTED13 extinction rebellion climate protest 041508 extinction rebellion climate protest 041514 extinction rebellion climate protest 041501 extinction rebellion climate protest 0415On Twitter, the police said: “The protesters are using tactics of lying on the ground when approached. This means that it takes at least four officers to remove one person to ensure their safety which is resource intensive”.Elsewhere in London, protesters have continued to hold Waterloo Bridge in both directions. Some have glued themselves together and to the ground. XR protester Yanai Postelnik told CNN he estimates a dozen people have been arrested at the location on Friday. Demonstrators also staged a rally at Heathrow Airport on Friday, but no flights were affected. XR said earlier this week that the London protests are part of an international campaign that will see demonstrations in at least 80 cities and more than 33 countries, including the US, Denmark and Australia.

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