Climate change campaigners protested outside the City of Lincoln Council’s mayor making today in a bid to put pressure on the council to declare a climate emergency.
The campaigners from Extinction Rebellion stood with placards in a peaceful demonstration outside the city’s Guildhall as guests and dignitaries made their way in to the event.
Paul North, one of the campaigners, said: “We intend to try and get the council to declare a climate emergency, and although they said they will do we just want to keep the pressure on them to make sure they do.
“Today’s just making the dignitaries here aware that climate change should be top of the agenda.”
Council leader Ric Metcalfe welcomed the campaigners, adding: “I’m in continual conversation with local activists and it’s something the council’s been on with for a long time, so in a sense, they’re pushing an open door as far as we’re concerned.”
The authority has yet to declare a climate emergency, and Councillor Metcalfe said the council needed a plan in place so the council could “say exactly what it means in practical terms”.
“Political gestures are easy to make, I could do it today, but what I’m keen to do is translate the will and ideas behind this movement into action.”
He said the council has already done a lot, but that it could do more and called on partner organisations to do more as well.
Extinction Rebellion protestors have been increasingly active in the city in recent months, with mixed reaction to their stunts which have included a public “die-in” on the streets, vandalism to town banks and university labs and banner drops.
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