Extinction Rebellion Henley hosted a peaceful protest last Thursday (June 25) to demand government action against the climate crisis. Climate activists called on local MP John Howell to urge the government for an environmentally friendly and just recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
At 6:00 p.m. demonstrators gathered on Falaise Square. All wore masks and were two meters apart. The speeches were given by XR Henley coordinator Kate Oldridge; XR Henley members Jules Lacey, Dominic Hall and Ed Atkinson; and Henley-based professor Richard Fortey, paleontologist and well-known television presenter for natural history. Many demonstrators listened by holding posters and banners and showing statements such as "no going back", "there is no planet B" and "green new deal".
The demonstration, which is part of a nationwide Extinction Rebellion day of action, was co-hosted with the publication of the Climate Change Committee (CCC) Annual report. The report states that the UK government's current efforts to curb climate change will not achieve its net zero emissions target by 2050, nor will it make reasonable progress in addressing the inevitable effects of climate change, let alone the risks of the expected level global warming of around 3 ° C above pre-industrial levels ”. The independent committee provided advice on how to implement an environmentally friendly economic recovery from the pandemic that focuses on the transition to net zero emissions and improving the country's resilience to climate change.
Many of the protesters from Extinction Rebellion Henley further stated that the government's goal for 2050 was far too late. In her speech, Jules Lacey said: "Councils and corporations are mostly aiming to become climate neutral by 2030, and that is two decades more ambitious than our own government. We are still waiting for our government to catch up, explain and explain a climate and environmental emergency Your goal of being carbon neutral by 2050 is dangerously inadequate. "She continued:" We urgently need an environmentally friendly recovery of COVID-19 to enable a rapid transition to CO2-free greenhouse gas emissions. It'll take you three decades to deal with this pandemic. Now imagine three decades when you run out of greenhouse gases. "
The passionate speeches all spoke of the severity of the climate collapse and the urgent need to address it. "Humanity is facing a crisis that is unprecedented in its history and will have wider, more serious, longer-term health and economic consequences than the coronavirus pandemic," said Kate Oldridge in her speech. “Government inaction on the climate and environmental emergency is an existential threat to civilization. (…) Experts warn us that the world has only 6 months to change the course of this crisis. We must act now to radically transform our economy into a circular economy. "
Extinction Rebellion Henley calls on the government to treat the climate crisis with the same significance as the coronavirus pandemic and to respond with immediate measures and measures. They encourage Henley residents to write to local MP John Howell and ask him to press for a green and just recovery. XR Henley has created a template email that can be found on her website Facebook site. Personal changes to the template are also recommended as duplicate emails have been suggested as less effective.
Despite the focus on government measures, Kate Oldridge wanted to emphasize that the climate crisis is a universal problem and will affect everyone regardless of their political affiliation. "This is not a political problem," she said. "XR is" beyond politics. "We are not committed to partisan issues. This is an emergency that affects all of us, regardless of our political beliefs. In fact, we call on the government to implement the recommendations of its own advisers. We, a John Howell voter, as our representative in Parliament, urge him to take action in an emergency that is likely to cause flooding, overheating and water shortages in the UK, not to mention massive deaths, suffering and displacement of people in a country Scope around the world. "
The herald turned to John Howell for an explanation of Thursday's protest, but declined to comment.