In response to the G7 Summit taking place in Cornwall on the weekend of 11th to 13th June, the Hastings and St Leonards members of Extinction Rebellion (XRHSL) will be taking action on the beach on Thursday 10th June at 4.30pm by Bottle Alley to highlight their concern at the government’s continued lack of action with regard to the climate crisis. 

Having declared a climate emergency in April 2019 – after the first XR Rebellion – the government has continued with the building of the HS2 railway line, given the go-ahead for a coal mine in Cumbria, and committed £27 million to road building. XR does not feel that this demonstrates a commitment to change – in their words, it’s neither telling the truth about the emergency nor acting on it.

PICTURE: Dave Young

The action on the beach is part of a national coastal action entitled ‘Drowning in Promises’, which starts in Scotland and continues on to Cornwall, where XR Cornwall rebels will be bringing these issues to the attention of those attending the summit. The XRHSL action is part of the XR South East initiative which is being launched in Hastings and will continue on to Brighton.  XR rebels are particularly concerned as coming from a coastal town with rising sea levels and the implications it will have for all who live here.  The climate crisis may seem as something distant right now, but it is already happening elsewhere. In ten years, they say, Hastings could be under water.

XRHSL ask that people come and join in their action on the beach with nautically-themed banners to let both the council and government know their concerns. The action will be taking place later in the day in order to encourage families to come and join in. Recently elected Green councilor Julia Hilton has said she will be among them.

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