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Extinction Rebellion protest in Aylesbury

Locals are calling for climate change to be properly addressed

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 7:55am 20th June 2020. 3-minute read.

Extinction Rebellion protest in Aylesbury

Aylesbury will host an Extinction Rebellion protest today. 

Extinction Rebellion will hold a socially distanced demonstration in Aylesbury Market Square today.

Organisers are asking people to wear masks and keep a 2 metre distance. 

The plan is to meet at Market Square for a stationary protest with banners and flags. 

One of the organisers explained:

"We are protesting today for two reasons. 

"Firstly, it is clear to everyone that radical measures are needed to restart the British economy after the tragedy of Covid 19. We feel that the UK needs to seize the chance  to put the  economic stimulus  into radically reducing the nations C02 emissions and so producing millions of  green jobs.

"If we simply pump government money into 'business as usual' such as subsidising airlines without any conditions, we will find that in a few years time we have finally put  Covid  behind us only to be confronted with a new and more serious crisis in the form of climate breakdown.

"Our second reason is more local.   The new Buckinghamshire unitary authority has just decided to ignore the AVDC decision last year to aim for zero carbon  by 2030 but instead opt for a target date of 2050.  Climate experts say that delaying action for so long will result in catastrophic climate change.  At a time when we have learnt to listen to scientists and take their warnings seriously why is the council ignoring the science?"


Bill Chapple OBE, Buckinghamshire Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change said:

"Buckinghamshire Council is extremely ambitious in regard to all aspects of climate change, including reducing carbon emissions. Improving our environment is one of the four key priorities for the new Buckinghamshire Council and the council’s Cabinet is due to consider a report on this next month. Working with our partners, we will address climate change by taking wide-ranging actions to reduce our carbon emissions, from planting trees to environmentally-focussed planning.

"The new Council is in the process of analysing a wide-ranging carbon audit carried out across all five of the former councils in Buckinghamshire. We are not delaying or putting back anything – a huge amount of work is ongoing to examine how we will become carbon neutral in Buckinghamshire and our top priority is making sure we have a strategy in place that really works. It will take long term and wide-reaching behaviour change by all of us. 

"We are working on an immediate strategy to build on the shift to cycling and walking as a result of the coronavirus pandemic to encourage - and facilitate - even more uptake of walking and cycling in Buckinghamshire. We would urge everyone to try to make journeys on foot or by cycling where possible. 

"The new Council acknowledges all the progress made by the former councils on climate change which gives us a strong platform from which to develop an ambitious appro

ach on climate change - and this is what we are committed to doing."

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