CLIMATE activists staged a protest in a Somerset town yesterday (September 16).
The South Somerset Extinction Rebellion group demanded greater action on the climate emergency and the end of fossil fuels, during their protest in Yeovil.
Members of the group held signs saying ‘no to fossil fuels’ and ‘come to the table’ – inviting passers-by to join them and discuss the fight against climate change.
Amanda Acland, a local activist who participated, said: “We invite everyone to come to the table and participate in the kind of adult conversations that government, media and industry refuse.
“When those in power abandon us, it is the responsibility of the people to step up. We believe that everyone deserves a place at the table to have a say in how to face the greater crisis of our time. ”
The protesters were also joined by a group of “red rebels” – a troop of activists who walked through the city center and stopped at MP for Yeovil, Marcus Fysh’s office, forming a picture.
Red Rebel member Brenda Langworthy said: “The purpose of the Red Brigade is to symbolize the common blood that we share with all species.
Protesters also drew attention to proposals to build new gas-fired power plants in Yeovil and Crewkerne.
The plans, by Conrad Energy, will see “speaker factories” built at Yeovil Pen Mill Trading Estate and Crewkerne Blackwell Lane Trading Estate.
Michael Fox, a resident of Crewkerne and member of South Somerset Extinction Rebellion, said: “We found out several months ago that there were proposals to build these new plants, and unfortunately a building permit had already been granted. by the South Somerset District Council.
“We believe that building new gas-fired power plants that will lead to increased CO2 emissions is simply unacceptable in the current climate emergency.
“In addition to the higher levels of air pollutants which can have adverse health effects such as respiratory symptoms, cardiovascular disease and cancer, there is also the potential for water pollution which could pose a risk to them. local residents.
“Building new fossil fuel power plants of any kind is totally unacceptable in the current climate crisis, we need energy solutions suitable for the 21st century. ”
The protest follows the theme of the last two weeks of protests in London by Extinction Rebellion, which saw tables set up in the capital inviting residents from across the city to talk about the climate and ecological emergency.
You can sign the petition against Conrad Energy plants here: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/p/conradpetition.
Conrad Energy has been contacted for comment.