EXTINCTION Rebellion held a vigil outside the Guildhall on Saturday.

It was held to coincide with the G7 summit in Cornwall, where the world’s richest nations met to talk about the climate crisis.

The vigil, on the theme 'Drowning in Promises', was from 9am to 12pm yesterday.

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'Catastrophic for people and the planet'

The group said: "Is this going to be another international meeting at which promises are made but no action follows?

"In 2015, governments across the world finally committed to limit global warming to 1.5°C. Despite this, the United Nations Environment Programme assesses that we are still on course for a rise of 3.2°C. This will be catastrophic for people and the planet.

Graham Smith from XR Salisbury says: “We’ve been waiting too long for international action on the climate emergency.

"But it’s not just the G7 that is drowning in promises. The UK government claims it has a climate plan, but at the same time has supported expansion of airports, announced a £27 billion roadbuilding programme – including the highly destructive tunnel and expressway – at Stonehenge – scrapped the green home grants scheme and failed to introduce any restrictions on agricultural emissions.”

He adds: “Our local councils are little better. Wiltshire Council and Salisbury City Council both declared Climate Emergencies, but where’s the action? Covid-19 shows that governments can act in the face of an emergency. Now is the time to act on the climate emergency.”

The group says it would be happy to talk to anyone about the climate and ecological emergency and how we can turn promises into action.

For further information, contact Graham Smith on 07871593693.

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