Children's shoes lined up in King's Lynn and Downham Market for protest
Climate change activists laid out children’s shoes at two West Norfolk town halls today to represent the generations that will be most affected by the climate and ecological crisis.
Extinction Rebellion members joined other groups across the East of England by placing the shoes on the ground in Lynn and Downham.
Sixty pairs of children’s shoes were displayed outside Downham Town Hall, and 150 pairs could be seen in the Saturday Market Place outside Lynn Town Hall.
Today’s events emulate previous Extinction Rebellion actions in London earlier in the year. In May, Extinction Rebellion protesters laid out 2,000 pairs of shoes in Trafalgar Square.
The socially distanced protest included a message to West Norfolk Council demanding them to declare a climate emergency with the slogan “COVID Today – Climate Tomorrow – Act Now”.
Extinction Rebellion activist Rosie Dodds said: “The longer we put off dealing with our destructive impact on the planet the higher the cost. Instead of bailing out carbon-heavy industries governments should build back better. We’re going to have to stop subsidising the airline industry, why not start now?
“Carbon dioxide released now stays in the atmosphere trapping heat for a century or more. Councils have to stop hoping for a technological fix and cut carbon now.
"People now realise that we can adapt and change much more quickly; many of us don’t need to commute, we don’t need to buy so much, caring for each other and the planet are what is important. We need councils to build on this opportunity to rapidly reduce emissions and restore nature.”
It comes after West Norfolk councillors voted not to declare a state of climate emergency for the third time during a full council meeting last week.