At 1.30pm this Saturday 23 February, Bedford town centre will witness a High Street ‘funeral procession’ with a symbolic coffin as part of Extinction Rebellion Bedfordshire’s Day of Action.
Extinction Rebellion (XR) is an international non-violent direct action movement whose activists are ordinary people motivated by the serious picture presented by the scientific consensus about man-made climate change.
The day of action aims to draw urgent attention to the unprecedented climate emergency and mass extinctions which threaten all our futures across the planet, and from which the governments across the globe have failed to act upon.
Several dozen UK councils, including Milton Keynes, London, Bristol and Manchester, have recently declared a ‘Climate Emergency’.
An Extinction Rebellion spokesperson said, “We want Bedford to do the same and declare a Climate Emergency. It’s about honestly facing up to the urgency of this situation and working on transformative policy to massively reduce local carbon emissions. There’s no time to waste with further complacency or denial.”
The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report states that we need to keep average temperature increases to a maximum of 1.5 degrees celsius above pre-industrial levels by the end of this century or face dire consequences.
Climate breakdown is already happening; recent years have seen record extremes of temperatures and phenomena such as wildfires in the Arctic Circle, chronic droughts and more frequent and severe hurricanes.
The rapid acidification of the ocean since the industrial revolution, resulting from the absorption of manmade C02, also threatens marine life and is already having a effect on coral. For all these reasons, Extinction Rebellion has had the public backing of many prominent scientists and public figures such as Naomi Klein, Noam Chomsky and former archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.
An XR spokesperson said, “Every town and city must play its part in addressing this emergency, working together to rethink energy, agriculture, the built environment, transport, and materials use to build a genuinely sustainable future for us all.
“But as the IPPC report stated, we have less than twelve years to adopt the transformation that can prevent the most serious effects of climate breakdown.”
Anyone interested is welcome to take part in the procession. For more information, visit the event page on Facebook