Leaders of Extinction Rebellion Youth have delivered a letter to Devizes MP Claire Perry, Minister for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, asking her to rethink her decision last week not to meet and discuss the government’s response to the Climate and Ecological Emergency.
The Wiltshire MP is allegedly already facing questions in her constituency for her stance on Brexit.
Thousands of children and young people took to the streets globally, including in Salisbury, to protest against the alleged inaction of governments in the face of the emergency.
The Minister originally agreed to meet them but later pulled out citing a ‘heavily committed’ schedule. Extinction Rebellion Youth blocked Westminster Bridge and held an ‘after-party’ for Youth Strikers.
The letter was delivered on Friday, March 15, during the Youth Strike 4 Climate in London, by young activists from the newly-formed Extinction Rebellion Youth.
A group of 13 year-olds from Extinction Rebellion Youth were refused entry to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and told that Claire Perry MP would not meet with them without an appointment. The doors of the department were then locked and security officers appeared.
Extinction Rebellion activist Sam Knights, 22, who met with Claire Perry MP last year at COP24, said in his letter: “We are in a climate and ecological emergency which is costing people their lives. We are convinced that current energy policy, such as the Clean Growth Strategy, does not address what urgently needs to happen in the short-term.
“Therefore, we would like you to urgently reconsider our request for another meeting so we can discuss how an emergency framing can help drive emissions to net zero by 2025 and reduce consumption levels. We are ordinary citizens who see civil disobedience as a last resort, recognising a need to move beyond the usual routes for civic engagement with governing bodies due to this emergency.”