Extinction Rebellion have told KeeP 106 that two roads, Kings Street in Weymouth and Trinity Street in Dorchester, were today (Sat 1 May) temporarily blocked at 11am by protesters sitting in the road wearing signs which read ‘I’m terrified my nieces will face violence and starvation because of the climate crisis’ and ‘I’m terrified for biodiversity and humanity because of the climate crisis’.
Emma and Ben from Extinction Rebellion said they were protesting about Government “inaction” on climate two years on from Parliament’s declaration of an environment and climate emergency.
Emma, 43, a Conservation Ecologist from Weymouth said “My actions today may cause local disruption but Weymouth will be among the first to feel the effects of sea level rise- with vast coastal areas devastated by flooding. I act today to prevent future disruption and protect our communities”
Ben, 35, a Geologist, in Dorchester said “I’m terrified for biodiversity and humanity. We cannot gamble with 1.5C, allow the extinction of coral reefs, marginal communities to lose their lands and ways of life, and the breakdown of the biosphere, creating a world of scarcity and conflict. Out of love for life and life-giver I must resist.”
Emma was arrested for obstructing the highway and taken to Weymouth Police Station. Ben was also arrested for the same offence.
Source: Extinction Rebellion press release.