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Members of the XR crew on their way to De La Warr in Bexhill.

Members of the XR crew on their way to De La Warr in Bexhill. Photo Dave Bruce

XR crew and Polly Higgins voyage to DLWP Festival of the Sea

The Hastings and St Leonards Extinction Rebellion (XR) crew made another voyage with their infamous pink ‘Polly Higgins’ boat on Sunday 8 September, carrying the vessel – all the way from St Leonards to the De La Warr Pavilion for their Festival of the Sea – on foot. Lizzie May writes.

The pink willow and tissue paper boat formed the centrepiece for the latest XR ‘die-in’ non-violent direct action, where everyone laid down on the DLWP Terrace to form a circle that represented the earth. This was the first time XR has organised a ‘Manifestation’ (action) in Bexhill.

As part of the DLWP’s ‘Thinking Through Climate Action’ Festival activity, the XR crew also invited members of the community to join them and write letters to the earth on the ground at the Terrace – and together they discussed how Bexhill can work together to help create a better future.

Heading for Galley Hill Photo Dave Bruce

Heading for Galley Hill Photo Dave Bruce

Local XR member and photographer, Dave Bruce took action photos on the day and says, “We felt that the Festival was the ideal next voyage destination for us, as the event focuses on marine and wildlife conservation, which is very much on the hearts of everyone at Extinction Rebellion. The coastal location seemed like a natural choice for our ‘die-in’.

“We are all very privileged to live in such a beautiful area and urge local people to all do their part to preserve this, by respecting our beaches and disposing of their litter responsibly – and to stop buying or using products made of harmful plastics that make their way into our global marine life, oceanic eco-systems and food chains too.”

The Extinction Rebellion die-in at The De La Warr,

The Extinction Rebellion die-in at The De La Warr,

Based on stark evidence from leading global scientists, Extinction Rebellion believes that today’s political and economic systems promote and support unsustainable consumer-focussed lifestyles. Lifestyles that compromise the air we breathe, the water we drink, the earth we plant in, what we eat, and the beauty and diversity of nature that nourishes our psychological well-being. They say we must act now before the climate and ecological emergency spirals out of control.

Dave continues: “Because of human consumption and greed, climate change is having a devastating impact on the thousands of precious species which are at real risk of becoming extinct or on their way to extinction. Our local group actively supports Extinction Rebellion’s global aims which use non-violent direct actions to demand urgent action from Governments in the face of unprecedented global emergency. We need to act now.”

“We welcome more people to join us locally. We need more hands on deck to do things like fundraising, publicity, making arty exhibits and taking part in national actions that will put pressure on the Government to change their policies and act now in the face of our global climate change emergency. Together we can make a difference.”

Dave Bruce, local photographer. 

YOU’RE ALL WELCOMED!

To find out more about Extinction Rebellion locally – nationally and globally – and to explore how you can get involved – please visit: www.xrhsl.org 

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Photo David Bruce

Photo David Bruce

Photo David Bruce

Photo David Bruce

Photo David Bruce

Photo David Bruce

Photo David Bruce

Photo David Bruce

Posted 15:51 Wednesday, Sep 11, 2019 In: The HOT Planet

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