Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists in Bedford have put up banners and created art installations around the town to welcome the arrival of the climate change conference, COP26, to Glasgow.
The XR environmental movement, which has groups in towns and cities all over the world, say they feel that despite this being the 26th climate change conference, little has been achieved.
Their banner, which read ‘Code red for humanity’ was strung across the pedestrian bridge over Manton Lane.
“We feel that the quoted years of 2050 and later are just too late to avoid catastrophe,” said a spokesperson for XR Bedfordshire.
“The Government has said 2020 is the year for ‘climate action’. We totally agree – but so far we have seen very little climate ambition. From the local to the global, from the north to the south, leaders need to act now. To act together.”
XR Bedfordshire placed pushchairs featuring climate emergency messages around the town centre.
“The pushchairs symbolise the point that children all around the world are exposed and vulnerable to this climate and ecological emergency,” said the spokesperson.
“How do we want to be remembered as adults, what legacy do we want to leave for our children?
“Please can people think how they live their lives and apart from world leaders needing to act urgently, what little changes can we all make to save us and the planet?”