Seaford campaigners will join wave of protest to urge climate action ahead of G7 summit
Campaigners in Seaford will demand that world leaders take action over the climate crisis when they meet in Cornwall for the G7 summit.
Lewes and Ouse Valley Extinction Rebellion will meet at the beach and hold messages in the sea and on land to raise awareness of the plight of people affected by climate breakdown.
A group spokesman said: “This action is part of a national ‘Wave’ down both sides of the UK, starting on 7 June, which moves through Hastings, Eastbourne, Seaford Brighton and beyond on the 10th and will culminate in protests in Cornwall.
“We’re telling Boris Johnson and the leaders of the world’s richest nations to shape up.
“Our voice is loud and strong and we demand action.
“Setting targets for 2050, 2040 or even 2030 means nothing if there is no meaningful action now.”
A recent Poll by the UN showed that two thirds of people globally are concerned that we are in a global emergency.
Yet the UN Emissions Gap Report warns pledges by governments under the 2015 Paris Accord fall far short of what is necessary to keep us below 1.5 degrees of warming, the level scientists say is necessary to prevent runaway climate change.
The spokesman said: “As a coastal community, we face flooding and increased storms in the not too distant future.
“Not to mention crop failures, civil unrest and all that brings.
“But many communities globally are already severely affected, with the UN estimating 25 million climate refugees already.
“We urge everyone to come along, meet us and get involved in this or other national and local actions to be held across the summer leading up to the COP summit in Glasgow in November.”
The group will meet at 4pm on Thurday, June 10, on Seaford beach by the Martello tower.
Find out more about Lewes and Ouse Valley Extinction Rebellion on their website here.
See more about the waves of protest taking place around the coast here.