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'We can't go back to business as usual', warn West Norfolk environment campaigners in new campaign




Environmental activists in West Norfolk have claimed there can be "no going back" to business as usual after the coronavirus crisis.

Members of the borough's Extinction Rebellion group have put up posters promoting their new message around the area in a campaign they claim has been pursued while following social distancing guidelines.

Research suggests there has been a significant drop in air pollution during the lockdown.

Extinction Rebellion activists, pictured here before the enforcement of social distancing guidance, say we can't go back to business as usual.
Extinction Rebellion activists, pictured here before the enforcement of social distancing guidance, say we can't go back to business as usual.

And the group argues that should serve as a base for how society might re-emerge when the crisis is over.

They said in a statement: "We are at a watershed moment in the history of our society. We will have to rebuild, and we can choose to do that with cleaner, greener, and fairer systems that hold respect for the planet and all people in equal measure.

"In this moment of darkness, we need to bring attention to the glowing future we could have before us. There is NO GOING BACK."

The new Extinction Rebellion poster (34225252)
The new Extinction Rebellion poster (34225252)

The group is calling for supporters to lobby their MPs against the idea of government bailouts for what they term "destructive big businesses."

They added: "The Coronavirus pandemic has shown the enormous strength of our communities when we work together, and also revealed the many flaws in the current systems we live by.

"We must learn the lessons from this crisis and take them forward in our response to the climate crisis.

"We can either go back to supporting businesses that destroy our planet for profit, or we can invest in a cleaner, fairer future.

"The situation has shown how the government can make drastic changes to address a terrible crisis. We can’t let them drag us back to “business as usual” once we’ve beaten the virus.

"Destructive big businesses are lining up to plead for government bailouts, but our tax money can’t be used to prop up those who are stealing the future for profit."



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