Support for councillor in court over climate change action by Extinction Rebellion

8 October 2019

Green Party councillors have expressed their support and solidarity with their colleague Councillor Terence Carter who was in court charged for his part in the April Extinction Rebellion (XR) actions in London.

Councillor John Matthissen said:

"Our council has declared a climate emergency as has Parliament but neither the Government nor councils are responding fast enough. Sometimes non-violent direction actions speak louder than words."

Many other local Green Party members have also been involved in XR actions locally and in London.

Caroline Lucas, the Green Party MP, defended those facing court, saying people who were prepared to take part in nonviolent direct action were showing more “climate leadership than government ministers”.

She said:

“In the future, it won’t be those peacefully blockading bridges or blocking roads that history judges badly. It will be those who shut their eyes and blocked their ears. The failure to avert the climate catastrophe is the greatest moral failure of our time and people from all generations and all walks of life have had enough of those with power failing to act.
“The brave XR activists taking nonviolent action to protect the planet on which we all depend for our survival shouldn’t be arrested and charged. They should be applauded and they should be heard.”

Government’s Committee on Climate Change Report

"This is the Committee’s annual report to Parliament, assessing progress in reducing UK emissions over the past year. It finds that UK action to curb greenhouse gas emissions is lagging behind what is needed to meet legally-binding emissions targets. Since June 2018, Government has delivered only 1 of 25 critical policies needed to get emissions reductions back on track."

Summary Report

Report in full 


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