Local extinction rebellion representative Melissa has disclosed in an exclusive interview with Buzz that they are planning to engage more with the local area in the new year:
“There is a big process of decentralisation going on, so the south west region as a whole is gearing up to do more stuff in local areas, and I think a big focus for Dorset going forward will probably be around the fossil fuel industry. Not least because we’ve got a new application for drilling at Puddle town and then Fawley on the other side expanding their diesel production in a time of climate emergency!
“So yes, we want to highlight that and draw attention to that so we will be trying to do that in creative ways, you know XR!”
This comes after Extinction Rebellion (XR) made the headlines this week when Terrorism police controversially listed Extinction Rebellion as extremist ideology.
An article published by the guardian claimed that XR featured alongside threats to national security such as neo-Nazi terrorism and a pro-terrorist Islamist group.
Wilmah Ayden, a local extinction rebellion member responded by saying: “I think the whole thing about us being specifically non-violent makes it absolutely absurd!
“The XR I know is just so loving caring and thoughtful that I cannot take anything like that seriously.”
However, the headlines have not deterred local activists and Melissa went on to explain how they want to work with local authorities and not against them in the coming year:
“The local council is on board; we have got a climate emergency now which we very much encouraged them to do and we’d like to engage them further in plans.
“Something we also want to do this year is form alliances with green groups that share the same interests so that we can be a force to be reckoned with.”