23rd August 2019

Parents in Taunton join nationwide banner relay to demand urgent climate action

On Tuesday 6th August 2019 at 5pm Parents in Taunton will be peacefully protesting on East Reach, Taunton– one of the most polluted roads in the town, where Nitrogen Dioxide levels are currently exceeding government thresholds. The parents will high- light the need for urgent climate action and are motivated by a shared desire to create a better future for their children. They will hold up a huge banner emblazoned with the words ‘For the Love of Our Children Act Now.’ The banner is being passed from one group of parents to the next as part of a nationwide protest that will zigzag across the country over the summer. The Taunton relay is supported jointly by Taunton Green Parents and Parents for Future. 

The banner relay, which kicked off in London on Sunday 7 July, will take in 11 cities and towns from Bristol and Birmingham to Sheffield and Cardiff and in addition visit Scotland and Northern Ireland over an 11 week period – symbolising the 11 years climate scientists say we have left to prevent catastrophic climate breakdown. It will culminate with a mothers protest in London as part of a week of global climate action in September.

The Committee on Climate Change – the government’s official advisers on the climate crisis – recently warned that the UK is failing to cut emissions fast enough. ‘Mothers Rise Up’, the network of mums behind the banner relay, are calling on MPs to up the pressure for deeper and more rapid emissions reductions through measures such as a ban on dirty energy including fracking and a massive expansion in renewable energy.