Social distanced protest at the MP offices
On Saturday 30 May, as part of a nationwide action,Telford Extinction Rebellion protested outside the offices of the 2 Telford MPs – Lucy Allan and Mark Pritchard against the almost forgotten escalating climate and ecological crisis. Telford XR members arrived separately or in pairs and stood silently 3 metres apart from each other, and wearing homemade face masks following government guidelines for the safety of the public and themselves.
Their spokesperson pointed out the similarity of the Government response to Covid 19 and to the climate crisis saying that the Government has failed to listen to and act appropriately on the science in both crises.
Health should be prioritised over profit, they continued, and the destructive polluting industries that cause irreparable damage both to our environment and to our health, should no longer receive government subsidies which should instead be directed at green and renewable energy resources.
Their spokesperson added that there is currently no clear way out of either the COVID 19 crisis or the climate crisis but going back to life as before is a solution to neither. They said “ Extinction Rebellion is challenging the government’s inertia in creating solutions for both covid 19 and the climate emergency, and demanding a binding Citizens Assembly on how to rebuild our economy and our future. Let the people decide”.