March at the Met Office For Climate Change
3 September 2020
Protesters are marching to the Met Office headquarters this morning in Exeter. The main aim of this protest is to ask the government to take the necessary urgent steps to significantly reduce emissions.
Sally Chapman, speaking for the ‘Extinction Rebellion’ says:
“The UK government declared a climate and ecological emergency last year. However, the UK’s Committee on Climate Change says that they are not acting with the necessary urgency, even to reach their own legal but inadequate targets. And in some cases look as though they are making decisions that take us in the opposite direction to what is needed.
The government does this despite the clear advice around the science from their own people working in organisations such as the Met Office.
That is why we are here today – not to criticise in any way the good science that is going on here, that historically has made a huge contribution to our understanding of climate change, but simply to ask why our leaders are not listening, understanding and taking the necessary urgent steps to significantly reduce emissions. Says Sally.
“The Climate and Ecological Emergency (CEE) Bill can change our course, making the government act with the urgency we need and involving everyday people in a Citizens’ Assembly that has real bite. If the CEE Bill is made law, the government would have to act fast, accounting for our entire carbon footprint while actively conserving nature here and overseas.
We hope that this bill will set a precedent that can be replicated across the world.”