Banbury Extinction Rebellion holds demonstration to protest government's inaction on climate crisis

Members of Extinction Rebellion Banbury took part in a socially distanced march to deliver a letter to MP Victoria Prentis about the government's inaction on the climate crisis.

The Banbury XR members held a protest in town, and then marched from the Banbury Cross to the North Oxon Conservative office at Wykham Park Farm yesterday afternoon, Thursday June 25.

The letter urges Victoria Prentis to publicly speak out on the government’s failings on the climate and ecological emergency and come clean with constituents that government inaction will lead to the death of millions.

The protest was timed to coincide with the publication of the Committee on Climate Change annual report to parliament which is expected to show little progress.

The demonstrators carried placards highlighting the 'criminally' inadequate action of the government in the face of the climate emergency.

The protest was followed by a symbolic funeral march along Horse Fair, Bloxham Road and Wykham Lane, where the letter was delivered to the chair of the North Oxfordshire Conservative Association Office.

A spokesperson for the Banbury XR group said: "This action is against government inaction, it is not against the MPs whose own record in this area is positive.

“The lack of action from government is nothing short of criminal. The scientists are now saying that net zero by 2050 is too late, and we aren’t even going to achieve that. We need massive changes to decarbonise our economic system and our carbon intensive lifestyles.”

A demonstrator at the Banbury XR protest in the town centre on Thursday June 25 (photo by Tila Rodriguez Past)

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Demonstrators at the Banbury XR protest and march on Thursday June 25 (photo by Tila Rodriguez Past)
A demonstrator at the Banbury XR protest in the town centre on Thursday June 25 (photo by Tila Rodriguez Past)
Demonstrators at the Banbury XR protest in the town centre on Thursday June 25 (photo by Tila Rodriguez Past)
Demonstrators at the Banbury XR protest in the town centre on Thursday June 25 (photo by Tila Rodriguez Past)