Photos by Tristian Herbert, Chris Jerrey, Gareth Morris
June 11th, 2021
On the first day of our G7 Cornwall Rebellion, we marched through the centre of St Ives to sound the alarm for climate justice and to highlight the disastrous consequences of the G7’s broken promises for people in the global south already experiencing the effects of climate and ecological collapse.
The march was a creative, artistic, noisy protest featuring over 100 samba players, with onlookers invited to “sound the alarm” for climate justice by making as much noise as possible with air horns, drums, rattles and other instruments. Participants include: the Red Rebels, a blue whale, a school of mackerel and some blackbirds issuing a wake up call for nature.
A group of activists representing young, indigenous and marginalised communities walked from the beach to the Carbis Bay security checkpoint, accompanied by flag bearers. They carried letters for the G7 leaders from communities in climate vulnerable countries . They were allowed to progress as far as the permieter fence but were denied entry to the G7 compound. The letters that the Cabinet Office had decreed were not suitable for G7 leaders to hear were ceremonially read out.
An activist from Extinction Rebellion Mexico wrote,
“It hurts to know that my daughter will not be able to live in a healthy environment and will face serious problems derived from the climate crisis.
An activist from Extinction Rebellion India, referring to the hoarding of vaccines by rich northern nations wrote,
“ We all know that Covid pandemic is a result of exploitation of nature. As climate activists we also know that in future climate and ecological crisis will be many times greater”
With much of the world’s media in attendance our overarching message was seen and heard around the world. Here is a selection of the media coverage:
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