Extinction Rebellion Dacorum (XRD) protestors have been gathering in Berkhamsted every weekend to make a statement.
The protestors have met outside the Civic Centre on Berkhamsted High Street with home-made flags and placards every Sunday for over two months to draw attention to the ‘opportunity’ COVID-19 has presented: ‘a pause to reconsider what really matters.’
Sue Hampton, XRD co-ordinator, said: “Climate breakdown has almost never headlined in the media and in a pandemic, with a terrible death toll, we wanted to draw attention to the truth science shows us, reminding people of a crisis that will be on a far greater scale.
“Masked, socially distanced and largely silent, we continue to offer a reminder to those passing by that the climate crisis has not gone away – in the hope that they will demand the necessary change and live in the light of it. We have called on the government not to bail out destructive industries and to create a truly clean and green economy. We appeal for international Ecocide Law to protect life on earth.
“In nine weeks, we have encountered almost no hostility and received considerable support in the form of horns honked, thumbs up from car windows, thanks expressed and good conversations. I think my most uplifting moment was when a young girl not unlike a junior Greta Thunberg saw us from across the road, waved and then clapped us. Around 16 Rebels have taken part, with an average of eight – including children. We would welcome anyone who wished to stand with us, whether or not they are a member of XR Dacorum.”