Extinction Rebellion activists stage protests outside Telford MPs' offices

By Rob Smith | Telford | News | Published:

Environment activists held silent protests outside the offices of two Telford MPs against what they say is lack of action on the "almost forgotten" climate crisis.

The protesters at Lucy Allan MP's office at Preston House

As part of a nationwide action, Telford's Extinction Rebellion members demonstrated outside the offices of Lucy Allan for Telford and Mark Pritchard for the Wrekin.

They travelled separately or in pairs, wearing homemade face masks, and held up placards with slogans including 'Let the people decide' and 'Bail out our planet, not the rich'.

Spokesman Dave Ashdown compared the government's responses to the coronavirus pandemic and the climate emergency, accusing ministers of "failing to listen to and act appropriately on the science in both crises".

Protesters outside Mark Pritchard MP's office in Wellington

The group said that health should be prioritised over profit and called for subsidies to polluting industries to be redirected to green and renewable energy resources.

Mr Ashdown 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."

Mark Pritchard MP said: "As an environmentalist, I agree that all political parties, private sector and the public sector need to do more to help protect the natural world.

"I am glad that more UK energy comes from renewable sources than ever before and it is vital the government reaches its net zero carbon emissions targets as well as trying to fight off a recession because of Covid-19."

Rob Smith

By Rob Smith

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star based at Ketley in Telford.


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