People in Bridport will be demanding action against climate change during a day of events on Saturday 9 March.
Bridport Rebellion Day begins with a gathering in Bucky Doo Square at 11 am. Expect a flash mob choir, a symbolic die-in, speakers and a samba band procession. Some of the roads may be blocked for short intervals by peaceful protest.
‘We must act now to raise awareness and call on the government to take action,’ said Carolyn Emmett of Extinction Rebellion Bridport.
‘For 30 years scientists have been telling us that climate change and loss of biodiversity will kill us. During this time, carbon emissions have been allowed to increase by 60% and are still going up.
‘We have a short time to make the changes that will help us survive this emergency situation.
‘We are not prepared to stand by and allow the destruction of the living world. Come and join us – be part of the change. Bring banners and noisemakers!’
Extinction Rebellion (XR) is an international environmental movement. It uses non-violent civil disobedience to achieve radical change in order to minimise the risk of ecological collapse and human extinction.
The South West has shown the most active support for XR outside London. Dozens of local groups have been formed in the last couple of months, Bridport among them.
Bridport Rebellion Day will be followed by further events and talks during Bridport Green Fortnight (9-24 March). Visit the group’s Facebook page for more information.
Extinction Rebellion has no political affiliation and welcomes people of all backgrounds and beliefs. It campaigns for three demands. These are:
· The Government must tell the truth about the climate and wider ecological emergency, reverse inconsistent policies and work alongside the media to communicate with citizens.
· The Government must enact legally binding policy measures to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025 and to reduce consumption levels.
· A national Citizen’s Assembly to oversee the changes, as part of creating a democracy fit for purpose.
See www.rebellion.earth for more information about the movement.