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Climate campaigners stage action on Perranporth beach

Climate campaigners stage action on Perranporth beach

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:01am 28th September 2019. (Updated at 2:51pm 28th September 2019)

Climate change campaigners are staging action on a Cornish beach, to highlight the impact of rising sea levels.

Extinction Rebellion will be 'disrupting the classic English seaside spectacle' of people sat in deckchairs while reading their newspapers at Perranporth.

This ‘Deckchair Disaster’ scene will be gradually submerged by the extra high tide to highlight the issue of sea level rises as a result of climate change. 

Their newspapers will have headlines related to climate change along with the Red Rebels, a large group of Penitents, will be assembled bearing stark climate change messages around their necks.

Organised by the Porthtowan XR Group this action aims to highlight the very immediate implications of our beaches being lost as a result of climate change. 

The group says it is estimated that by 2030 Perranporth beach car park will be entirely covered in water at high tide as a result of sea level rises. 

perranporth beach

"A recent study by a United Nations body predicts sea levels may rise more than 0.5m by 2050, 2m by 2100, 7.5m by 2200 and as high as 9.5m by 2300 if CO2 production continues. 

"It is clear therefore that unless immediate action is taken to halt climate change we will face serious changes to our coastal environment".

Extinction Rebellion Cornwall

The protest is taking place at 4.30pm on Saturday and Perranporth Beach.

Anyone wanting to take part is asked to meet at the beach car park at 4.15pm.

You can find out more information here.

"As the climate changes the current approach to protecting the English coastline is not fit for purpose. It's time people woke up to the very real challenges ahead. On Saturday high tide is at 5.44pm and is set to rise to 7.5 metres. This date was chosen due to the particularly high tide.

"The police, the council and the lifeguards have all been informed and this action will not be considered to be disruptive".

Professor Jim Hall, the CCC Adaptation Committees expert on flooding and coastal erosion

60-year-old mum Glenys Gibbons is taking part in the Beach Extinction Rebellion.

She said: "When there are no beaches to walk on, and when the high spring tide becomes the new low tide, I want to know that I tried my best for the sake of my family to stop the day coming where all of humanity has to face the consequences of total climate meltdown."

Extinction Rebellion is calling for:

  • Government must tell the truth by declaring a climate and ecological emergency, working with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change.
  • The government must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.
  • The government must create and be led by the decisions of a Citizensf Assembly on climate and ecological justice.

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