XR plan Tameside Council meeting protest to raise awareness of climate emergency

MOSSLEY and Saddleworth Extinction Rebellion (XR) group is planning action at this month’s Tameside Council meeting.

Activists, who will be in attendance at Tony Downes House, Droylsden on February 25 from 5pm, want the council to join other local authorities, including Oldham Council, to declare a climate emergency.

XR at a recent demonstration outside Mossley Co-op

Magda, a local government officer, said: “Tameside should join the other councils in declaring a climate emergency.

“After the moorland fires of 2018 and recent floods, it is clear this is a local as well as a global issue.

“Tameside should further divest from investing in dirty fossil fuels in the Greater Manchester Pension Fund.

“Local government colleagues don’t want their future made insecure as the bottom Is likely to drop out of these markets soon.

“But they also do not want their retirement funded by the misery of their children and grandchildren on an over heated planet.”

Nationally, Extinction Rebellion is calling on the Government to declare a climate emergency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025 to halt biodiversity loss and create a Citizen’s Assembly to lead decision-making on climate action.

Extinction Rebellion is an international movement with a presence in at least 80 countries, which uses non-violent civil action disobedience in an attempt to halt mass extinction and minimise the risk of social collapse.

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