Today ( Saturday 7th December ) Extinction Rebellion (XR) were out in a dramatic display, ahead of what they are naming ̈our last chance election ̈.
12 environmental activists dressed in white forensic suits and masks, were atop ladders lining Nottingham ́s most crowded shopping street, bearing placards with simple two-word messages to remind people of the urgency of the climate emergency, and why they believe climate has to be the number one issue during this election.
Meanwhile, on the ground, XR leafleters talked with members of the public, their banner reflecting the Yuletide election with – ̈ All I want for Christmas is a future ̈.
The next UK Parliament will sit for 5 crucial years in the battle to limit the rise in global average temperature to 1.50C above pre-industrial levels.
The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns of devastating and irreversible impacts if this target is missed, and so XR will be active during the build-up to the General Election.
Although XR does not endorse any political party, its actions are designed to bring the climate and ecological emergency (CEE) to the fore as an election issue. XR is demanding that the parties reveal credible and urgent plans to avoid social collapse as a result of climate breakdown and biodiversity loss.
Dorry Lake says “Our next government needs to take decisive action to avoid food and water shortages and mass migrations arising from the collapse of our planetary life-support systems”.
Etienne Stott said: “I’m scared that the government we elect next week will let environmental breakdown get totally out of control. That’s why I’m doing what I can to make the environment the number one issue in this election.”
Phil Wainman says “We are in a global climate and ecological emergency. Governments have failed to protect the planet and all life on it. We must take action to force them to act now.”
Anna Dixon said: “I am doing this for my children and for all our children. We could live on such a happy, healthy planet if we just made the right choices, but we need it to be easier to make those good choices. That’s why I’m insisting that our next government puts in place the policies that we need to turn things around.