Saturday, 20 July 2019

Climate change protest march passes through Henley

Climate change protest march passes through Henley

A PROTEST march for action on climate change passed through Henley.

Ten people, mostly from Wales and the South-West, were among the 1,000 or so taking part in the Extinction Rebellion Earth March for Life when it visited the town on Tuesday.

The group is one of a dozen following different routes from Land’s End to Westminster, where some participants plan to stage another two weeks of protest in Parliament Square.

They set off from Reading in the morning and followed the Thames Path through Caversham, Sonning, Wargrave and Shiplake before arriving in Henley at about 5pm.

Two were carrying a large black banner bearing the name of the march while others waved flags and placards and wore tabards emblazoned with the logo of the worldwide Extinction Rebellion movement.

Another two were riding bicycles as the group’s support crew and one was carrying a replica of the Earth attached to a wooden pole. Some had been walking since the start in Cornwall and some joined later, replacing others who walked only the early sections.

Organiser Blake Eley said: “It has gone really well so far and we’ve had lots of positive comments. I think people are beginning to realise how serious the situation is. However, more people need to be aware because we’re close to the tipping point where it could be too late to do anything.”

Some protesters stayed in bed and breakfast lodgings in the town while others were accommodated by Ian Petrie, who lives in Vicarage Road and is a member of the Henley in Transition environmental group.

He said: “I support them simply because we’re experiencing a climate emergency and if we don’t do something now there won’t be any time left to act later.

“I’m concerned about what the future holds for my children and am very pleased that people are taking part in these protests.”

Extinction Rebellion wants governments around the world to take steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to limit the increase in the global climate to no more than 1.5C. It says the situation is worsening so rapidly that it could spiral beyond our control.

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