Extinction Rebellion protest outside council offices over Covid-19 recovery

Extinction Rebellion protest outside council offices over Covid-19 recovery

Published by Maria Greenwood at 7:57am 2nd June 2020.

Environmental campaigners gathered outside council offices in Dorchester, Weymouth and Portland on Saturday. (30th May)

It was part of a national day of action by Extinction Rebellion.

They are  calling on the government to create a Citizens Assembly, to decide on the country's COVID-19 recovery which they think should focus on people and the planet, over profit. 

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Extinction Rebellion outside council offices on Portland

Emma Smart from Extinction Rebellion said:

"As well as exercising our bodies we also exercise our right, under the Human Rights Act, to protest.

"We protest safely for the future health and safety of our planet and generations of all life. 

"Acting on the Climate and Ecological Emergency is essential and, in this case, work we cannot do from home, but can carry out safely outdoors, as per government guidance."

Messages sent out by protesters reflected local issues that Extinction Rebellion have highlighted in the last year, including: 

  • Continued pollution from the traffic at Boot Hill in Weymouth
  • The planning application for a new oil well in Puddletown
  • The proposal to develop a waste incinerator on Portland
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Extinction Rebellion outside Dorset Council offices in Dorchester

In order for people to take part, protesters had to keep to social distancing measures of three meters apart and wear a mask.  

People arrived alone or in pairs and only attended their local protests.