Last night Extinction Rebellion (XR) brightened up the centre of Chichester with temporary artworks designed to raise awareness of the impending climate and ecological emergency and to call for action.
The art is designed to highlight XR’s key demands which are:
- Now is the Time to Act: With global temperatures already at 1.1°C above pre-industrial levels and heading for at least 3-4°C by the end of the Century we do not have time to wait. The government’s target of net zero greenhouse emissions by 2050 will be too late.
- No Going Back: Covid-19 has created untold hardship and uncertainty and exposed how closely connected our health is with the health of our planet. We have an opportunity now as we emerge from the pandemic to make the change necessary at national and local levels through a green recovery that will fix the economy and deal with the climate emergency at the same time.
- Create a Citizens’ Assembly: Citizens not politicians must decide how to deal with the crisis. XR is calling on the Government and local authorities to trust the people and let them lead the response by convening Citizen’s Assemblies and acting on their recommendations.
XR Chichester is also inviting everyone to join them from 1 September when thousands of rebels will converge on London, Cardiff and Manchester. The “We Want to Live” Rebellion is aimed at getting the Government to put in place a green recovery and to stop ignoring warnings of 4˚C warming from its own Committee on Climate Change. 4˚C warming could result in millions of deaths – with marginalised communities, and those in the Global South on the front line.
A spokesman for the group said: “We are just normal, everyday people of Chichester and the surrounding area who are terrified for our futures, that of future generations and the future of the natural world. The window of opportunity to save our planet is rapidly closing. We must wake up and act now.”
Local activists with XR have committed in a letter to Chichester District Council to clear up the artworks soon.