Free climber scales London skyscraper in climate stunt

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Free-solo climber George King climbs the Stratosphere Tower building, a 36-story residential tower block in Stratford, east London Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021. In 2019, George King was sentenced to six months’ custody after admitting breaching a High Court injunction when he scaled The Shard – one of the tallest buildings in Europe. (Yui Mok/PA via AP)

LONDON (AP) — A 21-year-old free climber who was imprisoned two years ago for climbing the U.K.’s tallest skyscraper has scaled another building, this time to draw attention to climate change.

George King-Thompson climbed up the 36-story Stratosphere Tower, a residential block in east London’s Stratford neighborhood, unaided early Tuesday morning. He reached the roof in under half an hour.

The former personal trainer said he picked the skyscraper because he was shocked by the flash floods that recently hit the area.

King-Thompson said he hoped his feat will raise awareness about climate change and urged political leaders to take faster action.

King-Thompson was sentenced to six months in prison for scaling the Shard, the U.K.’s tallest building, in 2019.

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