“We believe that non-violent direct action is the only way to persuade the government to take the absolutely urgent action required.”
Extinction Rebellion organisers said that the climate change campaign group will occupy the busy city centre street from today (August 30) to Monday (September 2).
The group said they intend to create a ‘peaceful oasis of social change, action, and regeneration’ which will be a non-violent, no drink or drugs space, where all will be welcome.
There will be performances from bands, DJs, poets and other artists, both local and from the rest of the UK. As well as talks and training from both Extinction Rebellion and external experts, who will be telling the truth about the ecological breakdown we face, and sharing the facts about the impact it is having on global communities, and our natural world, right now.
There will also be workshops taking place across the weekend and food available.
The campaigners said they are doing it in response to the continued lack of action to combat ‘our terrible ecological crisis’.
A spokesman for Extinction Rebellion Manchester said:
“Climate change is affecting us all. And the whole of the UK will need to change its approach if we are to achieve net carbon neutrality by 2025. Northern councils control everything from local transport and roads to council pension funds.
“Local MPs also have a significant voice in Westminster. The Northern Rebellion is a chance for them to see that their constituents are serious about the need for urgent change and are calling on them to act now.
“We would not disrupt members of the public if it were not absolutely necessary and we acknowledge the inconvenience we may cause. The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says that we have less than 12 years to make drastic changes if we are to limit climate catastrophe.
“We believe that non-violent direct action is the only way to persuade the government to take the absolutely urgent action required.
“We will be working with police to ensure that alternative routes are in place so any emergency vehicles can get through.”
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said there will be an increased police presence in and around the city centre and across the transport network.
The spokesman said:
“GMP is aware of the Extinction Rebellion Protest that is taking place in Manchester city centre from Friday 30 August – Monday 2 September.
“People intending to travel into Manchester during this period should expect delays to normal travel times and consider allowing more time when planning their journey. Please follow @OfficialTFGM for the latest travel information.
“The public can expect to see an increased police presence in and around the city centre and across our transport network.
“Our aim is to facilitate the protest, whilst trying to minimise disruption to all those who work, live or who will be visiting Manchester over this period.
“GMP is working closely with all the relevant partners and is liaising with communities and businesses that will be affected by the protests.
“Officers have been engaging with the protestors to understand their plans so we can best respond to them as we respect everyone’s right to peaceful protest. We ask that the participants also respect the right of others to go about their daily business with minimal disruption.
“Thank you for your understanding. ”
Also published on Medium.