Extinction Rebellion protesters reveal plan for ‘major action’ in Sheffield this Saturday
The Sheffield branch of Extinction Rebellion are staging a day of climate themed protest in the city centre.
Beginning at Devonshire Green, there will be ‘rebel’ activities from ‘crisis carol singing’ to flood visuals across the city, as part of their ‘12 Days of Crisis’ campaign.
The rebels will be dressed for severe weather and flooding, to represent the adverse weather conditions that have been experienced across the country recently.
Parts of South Yorkshire, including Sheffield, were recently struck by floods, when a whole month’s average rain fell in just 24 hours.
Many people in Sheffield were seriously affected by the floods, with homes, businesses, and roads being claimed by the rising water.
Extinction Rebellion Sheffield said: “The recent floods have destroyed local people’s lives. Millions of tonnes of crops are rotting in drowned fields, and the prices of staple goods are set to rise as a result. We are on a path towards food insecurity in the UK.
“XR Sheffield's action this Saturday is designed to ensure the climate and ecological emergency is the number one issue on voters’ minds when they cast their ballot next week.”
Sheffield city centre is expected to be taken over by Extinction Rebellion from 8.30am until 4pm on Saturday December 7.
Member Nathan Strathde, 19, said: “In this county, we’ve seen flooding devastate lives and wildfires destroy landscapes.
“Our government is the only body in this country that can take on the big businesses and corporate interests driving the climate crisis. We must elect a government that will act now. This must be a climate election.”