A RECENTLY formed Extinction Rebellion group continues to spread its climate emergency message across Saddleworth and Mossley.
Around 20 campaigners, including several youngsters, engaged Saturday shoppers in Top Mossley, handing out flyers, carrying placards and collecting signatures for a petition to hand to Tameside Council.
The group hopes its petition will help persuade Tameside Council to adopt a stance taken by more than 300 local authorities across the country, including Oldham, and declare a climate emergency.
Next, the Extinction Rebellion (XR) Mossley and Saddleworth group is hosting a talk about climate change issues at 7pm on Wednesday, February 5 at Tame Valley Tennis and Squash Club, Greenbridge Lane, Greenfield.
Everyone is invited and entry is free but donations are welcome.
Magda Sachs, local government officer, said: “A lot of people are seeing the news about the effects of climate change already happening – the fires in Australia, the fires locally in 2018.
“They are learning that there is scientific consensus that we are in a climate emergency.
“We want to let people know that they are not alone in being concerned, that others in Mossley and Saddleworth also feel that urgent action is required by governments. We received a lot of support.”
The group added: “We are ordinary people – students, workers, pensioners, parents, neighbours and friends who care about the long-term future of the planet and want to do something positive to help.
“Despite repeated warnings from the world’s climate scientists, governments have failed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the situation is becoming critical.
“Locally, moorland fires and valley flooding have become more frequent and globally we see the consequences of a warming planet every day in the media (fires in Australia, flooding in Indonesia).
“But our leaders continue with business as usual (fracking, coal mining).
“Extinction Rebellion was created to press for positive change using non-violent direct action methods similar to those used successfully in the Suffragette and Civil Rights movements.”
For more information about local group actions and meetings email: email@example.com