Summer Rebellion in West Norfolk

Overnight ready for the break of dawn on the first day of rebellion, 28th August, dozens of “public health warning” style stickers were placed on petrol and diesel pumps in filling stations across the borough. This was part of a national protest coordinated by Doctors for Extinction Rebellion.

The recent coronavirus pandemic is thought to have hit those living in areas of high air pollution most. It has also shown how fragile our society is when put under strain; and we will see that fragility much more frequently in the coming decades if fossil fuel pollutants are not urgently phased out.

Dr Vishal Chauhan

In the morning of 28th August, two rebels dropped a banner in the centre of King’s Lynn displaying the extinction symbol loaned to the XR movement. We joined groups across the country to incite rebellion with similar banner drops. 

On Bank Holiday Monday 31st Aug, groups turned their gaze to the role of financial institutions in the climate and ecological crisis. We focused on the Norfolk Pension Fund, controlled by our County Council, which has over £108 million invested in fossil fuel companies. 

We constructed an oil rig, showcased at the dock and the Tuesday market place, to confront the council with the reality of their investments and to inform the public where their tax money is being directed. 

We demand Norfolk County Council: 

  1. Divest from and make no future investment in all fossil fuel companies. 
  2. Use this opportunity to reinvest in local, sustainable, clean and green businesses instead. 

As Rebellion moved into London, Cardiff and Manchester, some rebels continued the pressure locally by raising awareness of the destructive proposed Parkway housing development in Gaywood. Joined by the Nature Volunteer Network, KLimate Concern, and other local environmentalists, we created an outdoor gallery of artwork featuring the huge diversity of wildlife this green space calls home – and who are at risk by its destruction. 

Every minute of every day the trees, the plants, and the reedbed are taking care of us by silently absorbing and storing the greenhouse gases that are overheating our world. If, the unbearable happens and nature’s harmony is destroyed, unseen stores of greenhouse gases will be released into the atmosphere.

Jenny Walker


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