Across the globe ordinary citizens have been on hunger strike this week to demand that governments act on the climate and ecological emergency. This crisis threatens the extinction of a million species, the collapse of civilizations and the deaths of billions of humans.
A number of members of Extinction Rebellion King’s Lynn and West Norfolk have been active participants in this global protest.
West Norfolk is one of the most vulnerable areas in the UK to the threat of flooding as sea levels rise. As a result of their actions, local hunger strikers have met with sympathetic Borough Councillors worried about the future safety of their residents to share ideas and concerns.
Extinction Rebellion King’s Lynn and West Norfolk is looking forward to growing a relationship with councillors across all parties to ensure the environmental impact is considered and carefully assessed in every motion that comes before the council.
To this end, the group is supporting councillors and pressing for the immediate declaration of a climate emergency in our district – a decision the ruling Conservative Group on KL&WN Council has delayed by referring the matter to the council cabinet despite overwhelming evidence that the environment is one of the most important issues for a majority of voters in the General Election.
To mark the end of their hunger strike some of those who took part will be outside the Town Hall in King’s Lynn at 2:00 pm on Monday 25th November. From there they will make their way to the centre of town engaging with shoppers and residents and soliciting support for our demand that the Council declares a climate emergency now, and takes urgent action to mitigate the threats facing the residents of the borough.