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MOTHERS across Britain took part in a global sit-down protest at the weekend to demand that world leaders act urgently to protect children from climate change.
Organised by Mothers’ Rebellion, protesters formed circles yesterday, the day before some countries around the world celebrated Mother’s Day.
The campaign group, an offshoot of Extinction Rebellion, is calling for a “liveable, socially just and inclusive world for all children.”
The protesters gathered outside the Tate Modern art gallery in London, Museum of Liverpool and Barnstaple library.
Other sit-ins took place by Black Rock Broadwalk in Brighton, in Whitley Bay’s Spanish City and at Barbon in the Lake District.
Mother and doctor Marion said she was taking part because she “could not live with myself … if we didn’t do all we can to try and bring about the much-needed systemic change.”
She said: “Children are feeling betrayed because they see that governments are not doing enough or are actively delaying meaningful climate action.
“Those that are meant to protect and safeguard them are ignoring and turning their backs on the children in this country and on the children in the global South, who are already facing the impacts of a heating climate as well as the fallout from environmental destruction and exploitation of resources.”
Mother-of-two Feng said: “My heart aches when I think about the extreme heatwaves and devastating floods that my relatives in Malaysia have endured over the past few months.
“It’s not just about my family but the countless others who are facing the brunt of climate change.”
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