Extinction Rebellion social movement ready to spread warnings about climate change to Sudbury
A campaign group has pledged to open people’s eyes to climate change when it arrives in Sudbury next week to spread its warnings about the planet’s future.
A public talk, entitled Heading for Extinction and what to do about it, is set to take place at the Friends Meeting House in Friars Street on Tuesday at 7.30pm, when members of Extinction Rebellion will lead a discussion on the latest in climate change science and psychology, as well as potential solutions.
Since its formation at the end of October, the social movement has made headlines internationally, with various demonstrations of civil disobedience in the UK, Europe and the USA, involving thousands of protesters.
The talk is being organised by Sudbury residents Laura Johnson and Theresa Munson, who say they have been concerned about the human impact on the global climate for years.
“Personally, I would like this talk to be an eye opener for people who might not realise how serious the issue is,” Laura told the Free Press.
“It just feels like the whole world is sleepwalking into an absolute catastrophe. I’m flabbergasted that this is not a bigger priority.
“I joined Extinction Rebellion because it seems there is a total lack of activity to combat climate change. I feel I’ve found a group that shares these same concerns.
“Everyone I have been involved with in Extinction Rebellion has been so passionate, friendly and welcoming.”
In recent months, several local authorities in Britain have made climate emergency declarations, which Laura described as “a good start”, but which also needed to be followed up with more action.
She added that it is hoped that a Sudbury branch of the Extinction Rebellion could be formed in the future, if local support for the cause is strong enough.