Climate change protesters “die” on Lincoln High Street

Around 150 protesters and students marched through Lincoln streets to demand urgent action on climate change.

Pupils from schools around the city were joined by protesters from Extinction Rebellion and Plastic Free to call for the government to do more on climate change.

Bystanders clapped and some jeered as protesters chanted “what do we want? Climate action. When do we want it? Now!”

Around 100 gathered on Castle Hill and marched down to the High Street with placards before some dropped down “dead” near Speakers Corner.

Climate change protesters dropped down “dead” today.

It is part of a global day of action, where thousands of protesters and students are making their voices heard.

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Geoff Stratford, from Extinction Rebellion Lincolnshire, told The Lincolnite that he wanted to praise the pupils who took a day off school to protest climate change.

“Although we’ve known about the science of climate change for many years,” he said. “The governments haven’t been effectively taking notice.

“We’ve been promoting fossil fuels and we’ve been promoting fracking. It’s absolute madness.”

Lincoln campaigners stage ‘die-in’ protest in the city centre. It’s a dramatic warning about the effects of climate change from school children and protesters

Posted by The Lincolnite on Friday, 15 March 2019

The protest builds on another from earlier this month, where students from Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School were on the High Street with placards.

Ella MacPherson, a school pupil who took a day off to protest, also said: “The best way to make action happen is to pressure the people in charge, the government.

“We can make individual lifestyle changes but what is going to have the biggest effect is the people in charge doing something.

“I think anything that raises awareness and social media can help as well just by spreading the message. Maybe next time there will be even more people.”