Extinction Rebellion Clean Air campaignDownload
© Licensed to London News Pictures;23/06/2020; Bristol, UK. Picture of KATIE WALLIS from the XR Bristol Arts Group wearing a mask with oak leaves that she made. Extinction Rebellion's Five a Week campaign for clean air stages a symbolic, theatrical action highlighting the number of premature deaths in Bristol due to air pollution. They have set up 5 cubes on College Green in front of City Hall with the message “In Bristol, air pollution causes 5 deaths each week”. People are invited to take part and bring their own placard and message around air pollution and step on top of a cube for 2 minutes in silence, then allow the next person to take their place until the “death count” comes to 296. Participants are then invited to place their placards on the Green to create a sticking sea of messages. Social distancing measures are in place and everyone is required to participate wearing a mask. Extinction Rebellion demand urgent action from Bristol City Council & WECA (West of England Combined Authority) to protect people's lungs and protect the planet, saying health is intrinsically linked to the health of the environment. XR want Clean Air Equality for Life, not just for the coronavirus Covid-19 lockdown, saying we have a unique opportunity as we come out of lockdown to envision a Bristol that puts people's health and the health of the planet first, and put pressure on elected officials to help build the city back better. Photo credit: Simon Chapman/LNP.
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