Campaigners raised their banners in protest
Campaigners raised their banners in protest

Beacons lit and banners raised as Extinction Rebellion calls for climate action – in pictures

Climate campaigners in the Lewes area joined a wave of protests along the south coast last week to coincide with the G7 summit in Cornwall.

Wednesday, 16th June 2021, 10:15 am

A total of 18 beacons were lit along the south coast on the evening of June 10, including at Lewes Black Cap and Hove Lagoon.

The Sussex beacons have warned of danger for many centuries and in Elizabethan times raised the alarm about the Spanish Armada.

A member of Lewes and Ouse Valley Extinction Rebellion said: “Climate and ecological breakdown is the greatest threat to our safety.

“We are using the beacons and other protests to raise the alarm because governments and the media don’t want to tell the truth.

“They just set long term targets to distract from the fact that they are not meeting their short term goals set out in the Paris Agreement in 2015.”

Campaigners also met at Seaford beach for a protest to raise awareness of the plight of people affected by climate breakdown.

“Thousands of people have turned out this week along the coast, and in Cornwall to show support for much deeper action to protect the climate and our ecosystems,” a spokesman said.

“The G7 world leaders have let us down, with no new agreements.

“They are still peddling the old myth of economic growth as being the solution to everything, but we already use four planets worth of resources every year.

“It can’t go on.

“We will keep up the pressure on governments, media and big corporations throughout the summer, leading up to the COP in Glasgow in November.”

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