Cyclists invited to join climate change protest

Extinction Rebellion Norwich staged their first critical mass bicycle ride in March. Pic: Dan Grimme

Extinction Rebellion Norwich staged their first critical mass bicycle ride in March. Pic: Dan Grimmer. - Credit: Archant

Climate change activists hope more than 200 cyclists will join a potentially disruptive ride around Norwich today, in their latest bid to raise awareness.

Extinction Rebellion Norwich during their critical mass bicycle ride in March. Pic: Dan Grimmer.

Extinction Rebellion Norwich during their critical mass bicycle ride in March. Pic: Dan Grimmer. - Credit: Archant

Extinction Rebellion Norwich will hold its second 'critical mass bike ride' today as they continue to push for councils to declare a climate emergency.

Starting at 12pm at The Forum, the ride will see cyclists riding through the streets in a protest which could cause disruption to drivers.

Amy Wilson, spokeswoman for Extinction Rebellion, said the ride could potentially be disruptive, but that it was part of the group's peaceful, direct action.

She said: "We are doing this to keep drawing attention to the need for all of us, and our government, to make big changes.

"We can't go on doing business as usual, getting in our cars, buying lots of consumer goods, throwing away plastic, building huge roads across delicate ecosystems.

"And a future of less cars and more bikes is probably going to be a better future for us too, not just the planet.

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"The UK government has declared a climate emergency. We must also make sure that Norwich City Council and Norfolk County Council are aware of this, that they too declare the crisis immediately, and act quickly to avert disaster.

"Any government's primary duty is to protect its citizens but our leaders are failing to protect us from flooding and extreme weather.

"Scientists predict a rise in sea levels which will result in the loss of low lying areas, such as King's Lynn and Great Yarmouth, within the lifetimes of our children and grandchildren."

Norfolk County Council recently recognised the need for 'urgent action' over climate change, while Norwich City Council 'acknowledged' a climate emergency, but stopped short of declaring one.

North Norfolk District Council was the first authority in Norfolk to declare a climate emergency, while Suffolk county councillors did so in March.

More than a thousand climate change protesters were arrested in April, after a string of demonstrations by Extinction Rebellion in London.

And arrests for breach of the peace were also made during a critical mass bicycle ride in Edinburgh that month.

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