Activists from Extinction Rebellion have hung banners over four of the busiest routes into the city this morning ( 28 August ).
The action was part of a nationwide protest by Extinction Rebellion announcing the start of a rebellion and protesting government inaction on the climate and ecological emergency.
At 7.30 am a banner was hung from the Ningbo bridge near the university which reads “4 degrees Warning Act Now”.
“Four degrees is so much more serious than it sounds, even 2 degrees of warming will completely change life for every person in this country. It means food shortages, more floods, more heatwaves, right here.
“This is nothíng to do with politics- right or left – we’re way beyond that, this is about survival, and we’re all in it together”, said Dorry Lake 70, Central Nottingham, retired psychotherapist. “I’m a mother and a grandmother, and I wish with all my heart this wasn’t real, but it is, and we desperately need to do everything we can to pressure governments into drastic action – now.”
Two other banners can be seen over the A52 at Baulk lane near Bramcote and over the A60 in Arnold. These banners read “Danger Climate Crisis Ahead” and “Danger Ahead Ecological Crisis”
“The pandemic presented a unique moment to turn things around but so far the government has failed to see the bigger danger ahead of us” said Kay, former scientific research assistant turned full-time activist, 47 from New Basford.
Extinction Rebellion quote on their website the words of Sir David Attenborough spoken in 2018 “If we don’t take action, the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon.”
To highlight the danger to the planet by human activity a forth banner reading “Ecocide Act Now” is also due to be hung from a bridge in sight of the M1 by 9 am.
Predicting criticism of the wisdom of hanging banners over busy roads, Pete, 31 from Beeston said “Lots of thought was put into the action today, I am a very careful person this has been meticulously planned and even practised to ensure the banners are safe and securely attached”
At least 50 rebels from Extinction Rebellion Nottingham will be going to London for a week of action, starting with a march from Trafalgar Square to Parliament at 11 am on Tuesday 1st September.