West Norfolk campaigners to launch new series of climate protests
Environmental campaigners in West Norfolk are launching a new series of climate change protests today.
Members of the borough's Extinction Rebellion group say they have no choice but to demonstrate because of what they claim is the "total inaction" of the government in tackling the issue.
And more protests are expected over the coming weeks.
The group, which has seen its demands for West Norfolk Council to formally declare a climate emergency repeatedly resisted, says it wants to draw attention to the organisations and systems which they claim are most responsible for rising temperatures.
The new action comes in response to the rising trend of wildfires globally and what the group claims is the rebound of carbon emissions following the easing of the coronavirus lockdown.
Recent research also suggests that temperatures in 2019 were 1.1 degress Celsius warmer than the average for the 30 year period up to 1990.
Legislation is already in place requiring the UK to reduce net carbon emissions to zero by 2050 and the government says it wants to accelerate progress on green transport and energy.
But the group said in a statement this week: "Extinction Rebellion does not take lightly the decision to return to the streets during a time like this.
"But we feel we can no longer stand and watch the government’s total inaction on the next great crisis facing our country and our planet.
"It is becoming clearer every day that this government’s response to the climate crisis has been entirely inadequate.
"We must keep pushing for urgent action if we are to turn the tide and avert the next catastrophe.
"Rebels will do so while protecting local communities by wearing masks, observing social distancing, and taking all necessary measures to prevent the spread of the virus."
The organisation wants politicians to support a bill drafted by climate groups which seeks to limit temperature rises to 1.5 degress Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
West Norfolk-based campaigner Dr Charlie Gardner has been involved in the drafting of Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill.