EXTINCTION Rebellion (XR) is set to protest government inaction on the climate crisis this week by marching as a group and presenting a letter demanding action on the climate emergency to Nia Griffith, MP and Lee Waters, MS.
The letter urges Nia Griffith and Lee Waters to publicly speak out on the government’s failings on the climate and ecological emergency and come clean with constituents that government inaction will lead to the death of millions.
The protest is timed to coincide with the publication of the Committee on Climate Change annual report to parliament which is expected to show little progress.
Our planned action will be carried out by a small delegation of XR rebels but representing the concerns of thousands of local members. The demonstration will begin at 0830 with members of Llanelli
Extinction Rebellion gathering near the Labour office in Pottery Street, Llanelli, where the letter will be handed to the MP or MS, or in their absence nailed to the door of the constituency offices. This action is against government inaction, it is not against these particular MPs whose own record in these areas is supportive of greater urgency.
An XR spokesperson said: “The scientific evidence is absolutely clear: Aiming for zero carbon emissions by 2050 is far too late to avert catastrophic global heating which will cause crises much, much worse than Covid19 and its subsequent recession. The UK government already pledged measures for reducing emissions but in fact they have increased. We have a chance, now, to change direction towards a Green Economy, our government must wake up and do it.” Another demonstrator said: ” I am horrified at the thought this government thinks we have time to address climate breakdown later and will support fossil fuel industries in their recovery plan out of the pandemic. The science says climate breakdown has already begun and any recovery plan must place environmental concerns centre stage if its effects are to be mitigated.”
Extinction Rebellion is urging the government to listen to the latest scientific findings which demonstrate that carbon emissions need to be reduced to zero much faster than the 2050 target to avoid dangerous global temperature rises.