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House made in Cornwall 'sinks' in River Thames

House made in Cornwall 'sinks' in River Thames

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 8:25am 13th November 2019. (Updated at 8:26am 13th November 2019)

This is the moment a house made in Cornwall was spotted sinking in the River Thames.

Not something you see every day - but there was a reason behind it.

The structure was created by climate change campaigners from Falmouth, to raise awareness about rising sea levels.

House sinking in Thames
This is the moment a house made in Cornwall was spotted sinking in the River Thames. Photo: Guy Reece via Extinction Rebellion

Why sink a house?

In the early hours of Sunday 10th November, Extinction Rebellion activists from Falmouth in Cornwall staged an action on the river Thames in London. 

Rob Higgs, known for dramatic structures in places like the Eden Project, and local boat builder Katy Burak, prefabricated the house near Falmouth.

The classic suburban house was seen floating down the river and sinking into the water, in another attempt to send an SOS to the government.

Campaigners wanted to draw attention to the threat humans face from climate change and rising sea levels.

Posting on its Cornwall Facebook page, Extinction Rebellion warned flooding will get worse unless urgent action is taken.

"Representing the disastrous realities of projected sea level rises, perhaps the stunt was unnecessary. 

"As the ongoing flood disaster in Derbyshire and Yorkshire has so starkly illustrated, our homes, businesses and families are at very real risk. 

"We are watching, in real-time, as people's lives are destroyed around the world and in the UK. 

"Unless action is taken to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero these tragedies are set to worsen.

"Scientific predictions of rising sea levels by 2100 range from less than one metre to as high as five. 

They added: "The rate of melting Greenland ice sheets recorded this summer was not predicted until 2070. 

"At its peak, this ice was melting at a rate of 140,000 tonnes per second - a total figure equivalent to 200 river Thames'."

Extinction Rebellion

House sinking in Thames
Campaigners from Falmouth said the house was created to raise awareness about rising sea levels. Photo: Guy Reece via Extinction Rebellion

"Sadly, climate-change is something that affects every one of us. We want to respectfully raise awareness of the severity of the impending human-made disaster. 

"We need urgent action to address the Climate Emergency and devastation of our beautiful and precious natural world, which is being decimated at an unprecedented and tragic rate. 

"We implore the government to act responsibly and we will continue to make our voices heard until they act".

Katy Burak

Rob Higgs added that they wanted to make something that people could visually connect to, to get the message across.

"When I hear the facts about climate change my brain can scarcely comprehend them, they are vast and scary. 

"We wanted to make something that people can visually connect to, whilst leaning on the government and the experts to make the changes that need to be made. 

"Until they make the big legal and financial changes, it's very hard for people like me or you to make significant changes to protect ourselves and the world around us".

Rob Higgs

You can watch the house being floated below...

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