CLIMATE defenders will be back making their voices heard in the town this Friday.
For the first time since February, strikers are returning to the streets for a series of small socially distant protests.
Members of Stratford Climate Action and Stratford Extinction Rebellion aim to highlight the links between the pandemic and the climate crisis. Protestors are also raising awareness of the Green New Deal – proposed legislation to tackle climate breakdown – as the globe recovers from the corona crisis. This includes a proposal to move away from fossil fuels over a ten year period.
Among the groups will be ‘The Cube of Truth’ where four people will stand in a socially distanced cube, holding laptops showing videos taken from David Attenborough’s recent Extinction program, and engaging with the public.
The group says the protests will be a ‘low-risk action’ to draw attention to the climate emergency which, as Prince Charles reportedly said, would dwarf Covid-19 in its impact on people’s lives.
Climate Action chair Stephen Norrie said: “There are close connections between Covid-19 and the climate emergency. Meat and dairy farming, and deforestation, are major drivers of both climate breakdown and pandemics.
“To prevent future pandemics, the government must support a transition to a sustainable economy. We call on them to abandon plans for more road-building, deregulation of the planning system, and for HS2 – the environmental case for which has collapsed, as Stop HS2 have shown.
“Economic stimulus should reflect calls to Build Back Better, by increased investment in renewable energy and the insulation of houses.”
The group will meet tomorrow (Friday) in Waterside at 11am, until 11.30am, before dividing into small groups to protest across the town centre.