Extinction Rebellion are planning ANOTHER protest in Sheffield city centre - promising "theatre and die-ins”

Climate activists are planning a “die-in” in Sheffield city centre as part of their latest environmental protest.

Tuesday, 21st January 2020, 3:43 pm
Updated Monday, 27th January 2020, 11:56 am

Extinction Rebellion Sheffield, who boast around 1,200 members, plan to descend on Sheffield Town Hall on Wednesday, 5 February in protest at a lack of ‘meaningful action’ from the Council on climate change.

The group will stage “die-ins”, as well as theatre, to help convey their message. A die-in is defined as “a solemn act that symbolises the kind of future we face without government action on the climate crisis.”

Other demonstrators will submit petitions to a full council meeting which will take place at the same time and ask questions of councillors from the public gallery.

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Extinction Rebellion protestors outside Barclays Bank o Pinstone Street in Sheffield

Last year, Sheffield City Council declared a ‘climate emergency’, promising a plan to reduce emissions in the city. A Citizens Assembly looking at how to do this was also commissioned and then-cabinet member for environment,

Coun Lewis Dagnall, told The Star the Council would commit to becoming carbon neutral by 2030 – 20 years ahead of their previous target.

“Since then they have procrastinated, prevaricated and wasted time,” the group say.

“They have failed to act meaningfully, failed to tell Sheffield the truth, promised to deliver a citizen’s assembly by 31/12/19 but failed to set this up. They commissioned the Tyndall report but have failed to act meaningfully on it’s urgent recommendations.”

The Star has contacted Coun Mark Jones, Sheffield City Council’s cabinet member for environment, streetscene and climate change for comment.