Extinction Rebellion submit petition to West Norfolk Council as protestors cause chaos in London
XR activists at the full council meeting on 5th September 2019

Climate activists Extinction Rebellion (XR) King’s Lynn and West Norfolk continue to make waves as they submit a petition to the Borough Council of King’s Lynn.

As they reached 396 signatures on the petition urging the Borough to declare a climate emergency, the Borough are obligated to respond.

Cllr. de Whalley will be proposing a motion to declare a ‘Climate and Ecological Emergency’ to the meeting of the full council on 17th October. If the motion is passed, the Borough will join over half of the local authorities in the UK in declaring a climate emergency.

XR King’s Lynn & West Norfolk wrote: “Large areas of our Borough are at immediate threat. The recent high tides almost overwhelmed sea defences. As sea levels continue to rise, so the threat of widespread flooding will become a reality. Large areas of King’s Lynn will be underwater.”

The motion comes after lawyers from ClientEarth put 100 local authorities (including King’s Lynn and West Norfolk) to notice, warning that they will violate their legal obligations and risk legal challenge if they do not introduce proper climate change plans.

Today XR launched their second ‘International Rebellion’ campaign in London, bringing the bustling city to a standstill for a fortnight of protests.

Activists shut Lambeth Bridge and Westminster Bridge and block Whitehall, Trafalgar Square, Downing Street and Victoria Embankment on Monday morning, causing massive congestion and delays.

Thousands of demonstrators say they are ready to face arrest, go to jail and go on hunger strike as they implore politicians to take decisive action in curbing climate change.