Other than killing the protestors in Hong Kong, ( and they have started to use live bullets against them) I don't think they will stop them at all, until major changes happen which ever way that might be.
Extinction Rebellion are out to have a good time and using civil disobedience as their tool. I don't agree with that, and anyone who thinks that our police resources should be poured into containing their antics, should not be complaining about issues the police forces have been facing e.g. under funding, under staffing etc.
From what I can make out, people are beginning to turn their backs and getting fed up with it ,even at this early stage and overkill never helped anyone, particularly when the 'censored' BBC and other media outlets pushes it down our throats..
On a personal level, I agree with the whole thing and the impact humans are having on the environment, and in turn we are each doing our own thing to help reduce carbon emissions, but forest fires, wars, (lets think about how weapons are made, Britain defence export £14 billion in 2018 ) thousands of cruise liners,(massive pollution) millions of flights, millions of hotels , space travel, for starters and which country is going to change any of that in rapid time scales ?
No Government can change anything unless there are other more viable alternatives to use as replacements, but we mustn't forget that the main agenda for the 2030 EU strategy is based on environmental and climate change issues, so has this all been a pre- taster or pre-arranged fiasco ?
One group there from Wigan, apparently. Did they walk ? Spraying buildings with red coloured solution to make it look like blood, is just pathetic to mature minded people and detracts from the real issues that need tackling.
On a note of comparison, this guy,25 yr old Boyan Slat, has been tackling such things for a lot longer, without any acknowledgment from the media. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boyan_Slat