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Extinction Rebellion protest will see hundreds of shoes lined up at Downham Market and King's Lynn




Hundreds of pairs of children's shoes will be placed outside two town halls in West Norfolk this week to urge local councils to take action on climate change.

The shoes will be set out by members of the Extinction Rebellion campaign group to stand as a "chilling reminder" of the generations who will be most affected by the climate crisis, namely children and young people.

The protest will take place on Friday in front of the town halls of Downham and Lynn, something which is being replicated across the East of England.

A previous Extinction Rebellion demonstration outside King's Lynn Town Hall ahead of a council meeting
A previous Extinction Rebellion demonstration outside King's Lynn Town Hall ahead of a council meeting

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.

A statement from Extinction Rebellion ahead of the protest said: "While the tragedy of Covid is still unfolding, time is running out to prevent the worst of the next crisis.

"Rising sea levels will devastate our coastal areas and rising temperatures will decimate our crops. It is no longer enough to let all responsibility fall onto the actions of individuals. If we are to avert catastrophe, we need system-wide changes of the kind that were made for the coronavirus pandemic."

King's Lynn Extinction Rebellion group have previously declared open rebellion at King's Lynn Town Hall
King's Lynn Extinction Rebellion group have previously declared open rebellion at King's Lynn Town Hall

It added: "This protest aims to remind the town and borough councils of the cost of their decisions. Today, the crisis is Covid-19. Tomorrow, it will be the climate. We need to act now."

The campaign group also highlighted how local councillors have "refused to listen" to the International Energy Agency’s advice stating there are six months to prevent a post-lockdown rebound in carbon emissions and to avert a climate catastrophe.


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