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Extinction Rebellion climate change supporters from Stamford area join London protest




Climate change protestors from the Stamford area joined the Extinction Rebellion protests in London this week.

Among them were the distinctive Red Rebel protestors from Stamford and Peterborough, a group which was created last month and paraded through Stamford town centre on September 29.

Similar groups are being formed nationally, and this week, local members joined part of the ‘Love Rebellion’ area in central London.

The Red Rebels perform in Stamford before they joined the fellow Extinction Rebellion protesters in London this week (18876405)
The Red Rebels perform in Stamford before they joined the fellow Extinction Rebellion protesters in London this week (18876405)

Victoria Valentine, who lives in Stamford, "Like many of the older people in Extinction Rebellion I have been concerned about green issues for many years.

"During this time I have seen how ultimately ineffective traditional campaigning is, only achieving change too slowly and often too small and too late." She added that the only way to mitigate the worst effects is drastic actions at governmental level.

"Signing petitions and trying to persuade individuals to change what they do just won't cut it anymore."

An Extinction Rebellion social event will be taking place in the Cellar Bar next to Stamford Arts Centre on October 31 when people can come along and find out more, without obligation.

A draft Climate Change Action Motion will be presented to Rutland County Council on Monday by Coun Gordon Brown, cabinet member for the environment.

Coun Brown (Con-Ketton) says it is clear rising temperatures are damaging the planet and local councils have a duty to act, rather than wait for national government to change policies.

“We fully accept this important responsibility and will soon be putting forward proposals for a wide range of measures aimed at making our operations more sustainable and environmentally friendly.”

The move follows South Kesteven District Council last month declaring a ‘climate emergency’ and funding £50,000 for advice and a climate change officer.



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