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Environmental campaigners launch Extinction Rebellion group in Sudbury

(Front L-R)Bronwyn Petty,9, Merris Petty, 3, and Rowenna Petty, 7, (Back L-R)Laura Johnson and Theresa Munson..Pic - Richard Marsham. (11447514)
(Front L-R)Bronwyn Petty,9, Merris Petty, 3, and Rowenna Petty, 7, (Back L-R)Laura Johnson and Theresa Munson..Pic - Richard Marsham. (11447514)

A new branch of an international social movement, which aims to push for action to combat climate change, has been launched in Sudbury.

Extinction Rebellion Sudbury held its first general meeting last week, with further gatherings scheduled in the coming weeks to determine how to spread awareness of the issues threatening the planet’s future.

The branch was formed due to growing local interest, in the wake of a public talk, titled Heading for Extinction and what to do about it, at the Friends Meeting House in Friars Street in March, with some participating in the campaign’s demonstrations in London.

Working groups are now being formed to develop ideas for building support in the town.

Laura Johnson, co-ordinator of Extinction Rebellion Sudbury, told the Free Press that she hopes the branch can help the national push for more action by the Government to cut the UK’s carbon emissions.

“I think people are expressing their frustration at the Government’s lack of speed in dealing with the climate emergency,” she said. “They want them to put their money where their mouth is.

“We want to encourage anyone who is interested, and also frustrated with the slow progress of the Government, to come and join us.

“Historically, Sudbury is quite conservative with a lower case ‘c’, but there are a lot of interested people here who realise how important this is.”

The next meeting is a social event at the Brewery Tap in East Street tomorrow at 7pm.

To learn more, go to the Extinction Rebellion page on Facebook, or email xrsudbury@gmail.com.


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