'We need to act now to save the planet', says village XR campaigner

PUBLISHED: 07:00 18 July 2019

Long Ashton Extinction Rebellion group organiser Bill Roberts protesting on Bristol Bridge, Broad Weir Road, Bristol.    
Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Long Ashton Extinction Rebellion group organiser Bill Roberts protesting on Bristol Bridge, Broad Weir Road, Bristol. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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An environmental-activist group is due to meet for the first time next week, and will argue drastic action is needed to slow down the effects of climate change.

Long Ashton Extinction Rebellion group organiser Bill Roberts protesting on Bristol Bridge, Broad Weir Road, Bristol.     Picture: MARK ATHERTONLong Ashton Extinction Rebellion group organiser Bill Roberts protesting on Bristol Bridge, Broad Weir Road, Bristol. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

A villager has set up an Extinction Rebellion (XR) group to highlight the impact global warming has on the planet, and how people can help preserve it for future generations.

It comes after an XR meeting was held in Long Ashton, where a talk about how governments need to take action since Parliament declared a climate emergency, was given by University of Bristol professor Colin Davis.

Since the meeting, Bill Roberts decided to form an XR group in Long Ashton, which is part of an international movement using non-violent protests in an attempt to halt mass extinction.

Mr Roberts said: "The way our culture is going will mean our grandchildren are unlikely to live out a peaceful life.

Long Ashton Extinction Rebellion group organiser Bill Roberts protesting on Bristol Bridge, Broad Weir Road, Bristol.    
Picture: MARK ATHERTONLong Ashton Extinction Rebellion group organiser Bill Roberts protesting on Bristol Bridge, Broad Weir Road, Bristol. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

"Parliament declared a climate emergency in May, and people need to go into emergency mode.

"The problem is, we needed to act against climate change 30 years ago, and now time is running out.

"If we don't act against global warming now, it will be much, much worse and the changes we will need to make will be far more drastic.

"It's one thing to make our own species extinct, but to wipe out hundreds of thousands of others is criminal."

Mr Roberts set up environmental awareness group Transition Long Ashton 11 years ago and has been living environmentally consciously for most of his life.

He added: "XR groups have been founded through people feeling desperate and needing to find a voice, and together we are going to have a shot at shifting the country's culture and making Government listen.

"We saw how much of a change days of protesting had in London in April and May, but we need to keep going. People are really powerful and empowering when they work towards a cause together, and we are doing what's necessary to save the planet.

"The sooner we act against climate change now, the more lives we can save."

The first Long Ashton XR meeting will be held on July 24 at the Jubilee Pavilion, in Keedwell Hill, at 7.30pm.

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