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'Pram Rebellion' marches through Newbury in climate protest

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Local climate activists took the streets of Newbury on Saturday, in a mock funerary procession intended to draw attention to the impact of global warming.

At lunchtime, around 20 protesters set out from the railway station, moving towards the office of Laura Farris MP.

They stopped there, before proceeding on through Parkway Shopping, pushing prams arrayed with placards.

The procession through Newbury.
The procession through Newbury.

The demonstration was in keeping with Extinction Rebellion's tradition of theatrical protest, with marchers dressed in funeral attire.

The 'Pram Rebellion' walk - organised by the Newbury branch of Extinction Rebellion - was meant to draw attention to issues of climate change and pollution, with a focus upon the negative impact on the health of children.

The UK is set to host the Global Climate Summit in November, and a letter was delivered to the Newbury MP by protesters, who want her to petition the Prime Minister for more action on the environment.

The procession through Newbury.
The procession through Newbury.

Demonstrator Claire Willsher said: "By hosting the Global Climate Summit this November the UK has a tremendous opportunity to tell the truth about the climate crisis, and to unite countries around the globe to make the changes so urgently needed.

"If this opportunity is missed then it is our children and future generations who will pay the price.

"They will look back in disbelief that our generation did so little in the face of the climate emergency."

Speaking to the Newbury Weekly News, Extinction Rebellion member Lisa Hill said: "We had a great reaction from people as the protest passed by.

The procession through Newbury.
The procession through Newbury.

"Lots of thumbs up and positive comments.

"Parents in particular are very worried about the climate emergency and the impact it will have on their children's lives.

"Anyone interested in joining us can find us on Facebook.

"We also left a letter at the office of Laura Farris MP about the protest, asking her to push the government for real action to act now to tackle the climate emergency."

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