Extinction Rebellion Waveney Valley activists join protest in London
Activists from Diss and the wider area joined a protest by Extinction Rebellion (XR) in London last Monday.
XR members are currently blockading central London, including sites around parliament such as Trafalgar Square, Victoria Street and Westminster Bridge.
The activists planned to maintain the protest for at least 14 days or until their demands were met, which includes the government taking immediate action to address the climate emergency.
Among the protesters last Monday was Bressingham couple Leon and Sharon Zaal, who joined the Diss-based XR Waveney Valley group almost a month ago.
“Increasingly, I have been feeling more and more upset and depressed about environmental issues. You just see it everywhere,” said Sharon, 59.
“But you don’t hear enough about what they are going to do about it. It’s certainly not all about XR for me, it’s about joining a group of people who are proactively doing something.”
Mr Zaal, 56, added: “If we don’t act now, this is going to negatively impact our current way of life on this planet.”
The couple described their protest in London as peaceful, supportive and gentle.
“It was all a little bit eye-opening as we’ve never done anything like this before,” said Sharon.
“Obviously, there have been many arrests but we didn’t witness any.”
The Diss group occupied the road in front of the Treasury, saying they were making their demands heard in a non-violent, non-aggressive way.
Anyone interested in joining the group should search Facebook for XR Waveney Valley.