Extinction Rebellion protesters return to Long Stratton for shoe-protest
Protesters laid out 100 pairs of shoes outside South Norfolk Council’s offices in Long Stratton in a demonstration against the authority’s position on climate change.
On Saturday morning around a dozen Extinction Rebellion protesters laid out the shoes to represent the 150,000 deaths each year that have been attributed to climate change.
In an organised event that coincided with nine similar demonstrations across the East of England, the group sought to urge South Norfolk Council to hold a citizens’ assembly and declare a climate emergency.
Niki Stickells, who was also involved in a similar demonstration outside the office of South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon earlier this month, said the group will not stop with its protests until the council declare a citizen’s assembly.
“We’ve spoken to the council, and they said they are still not going to consider a climate emergency,” said the 50-year-old, from Harleston.
“We had about 200 pairs of shoes that were collected from donations at other protests in London, and they represent the deaths in the past and to come – all as a result of climate change.
“150,000 people die every year from climate-related causes, with that number expected to rise to 250,000 a year.
“We want the council to declare a climate emergency, but even when they do, it won’t be enough – we’ll keep going until they declare a citizens’ assembly.
“We got a good response from everybody who drove past – there was only one silly response, where people told us to do our laces up.”
Speaking on Tuesday in response to the latest protest, South Norfolk Council leader John Fuller said: “They came to our council meeting in February, and we listened carefully to what they had to say.
“Today, we have published our environmental strategy that takes into account many of the things that they wish us to do, as well as a number of other local matters to protect our environment.”