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Celebrities including Jude Law, Benedict Cumberbatch, Daisy Lowe and Mel B have signed an open letter admitting their hypocrisy in supporting Extinction Rebellion – but that they will continue to campaign against climate change.

It follows criticism celebrities have faced in the media for “living high carbon lives”.

The open letter, signed by more than 100 high-profile people including actors, musicians and comedians, was published on Wednesday.

It starts: “Dear journalists who have called us hypocrites…

An Extinction Rebellion protester is apprehended by police on Wednesday. More than 100 celebrities have signed an open letter backing the group’s action (Jeremy Selwyn/Evening Standard)

“You’re right. 

“We live high carbon lives and the industries that we are part of have huge carbon footprints. Like you – and everyone else – we are stuck in this fossil-fuel economy and without systemic change, our lifestyles will keep on causing climate and ecological harm.”

The celebrities nonetheless pledged to use their profile to “draw attention” to life on earth “dying”.

Without mentioning Extinction Rebellion by name, the letter finished: “We invite all people with platforms and profiles to join us and move beyond fear, to use your voices fearlessly to amplify the real story.

“Thousands of ordinary people are risking their freedom by taking part in non-violent civil disobedience. We’ve been inspired by their courage to speak out and join them. We beg you to do the same.”

Steve Coogan, one of the signatories, said in a separate statement: “Extinction Rebellion is a grassroots movement that should be applauded for putting this issue at the top of the agenda where it belongs.

“I stand in full support of these brave, determined activists who are making a statement on behalf of us all.”

It comes as Extinction Rebellion continues to hold protests across London, with demonstrations affecting Tube services planned for Thursday.

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