XR Worcestershire Groups at County Hall

Extinction Rebellion members greeted the newly-elected Worcestershire County Council councillors as they arrived at County Hall. Waving banners and flags, we stood along the car park entrances and handed leaflets calling for the council to declare a climate emergency.

Suzanne Savage, speaking for the group, said: “By 2050 we will be facing extreme heatwaves, wildfires, droughts followed by torrential storms, all of which will significantly impact the global food supply. We face a frightening future where basics such as clean water and food for our families will no longer be secure, even here in the UK.”

The group gathered to call again for a climate emergency to be declared. In 2019, Worcestershire County Council debated a climate emergency motion by Green Councillor Matt Jenkins which would have sharply reduced emissions to net zero by 2030. However, the council amended the motion, and only committed to achieving net zero by 2050. According to Extinction Rebellion, that is too late.