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Painting over an embarrassing message

  • by JW

“All these communities are at risk from sea level rise because of climate change.”

Exmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Sidmouth


An interesting story from Radio Exe today:

20-metre climate change message removed

A sign of things to come (image courtesy: Exeter XR)

XR’s ‘R’ says mystery council is coy

A 20-metre-long message about sea-level rises painted on a wall near Exmouth by climate change activists has been painted over just days after it was completed.

Exeter Extinction Rebellion says their words replaced what they remember as a wall of “a murky green colour and scarred with ancient graffiti and tagging” that no-one seemed to care for. 

A sign of things to come (image courtesy: Exeter XR)

The group initially painted a large section of the wall white, then added large arrows at each end, with the names of places in each direction and the times it takes to cycle and walk to them. A week later they added a message, in letters half a metre high, saying “All these communities are at risk from sea level rise because of climate change.”

20-metre climate change message removed – Radio Exe

XR Exeter is quite active:

eXeteR – Extinction Rebellion Exeter

And has highlighted other visual demonstrations of how climate change is being ignored or greenwashed:

Bus stop adverts – eXeteR

With plenty more here:

(20+) Extinction Rebellion Exeter | Facebook

(19) Extinction Rebellion – XR Exeter (@XRExeter) / Twitter

And an analysis of XR’s membership here from Exeter University:

Extinction Rebellion supporters are more likely to be new to protesting than other environmental activists, a new study shows.

Ten per cent of those who took part in the group’s protests in April 2019 were first-time demonstrators, twice the proportion of “novices” at climate marches a decade before.

The research, funded by the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity, shows Extinction Rebellion activists in London last year had a much broader and more diverse age profile than has been the case in other environmental direct action protests.

Academics at the University of Exeter, Keele University, and Aston University surveyed those involved with Extinction Rebellion’s mass civil disobedience actions in London in April and October 2019. They carried out 303 short face to face interviews, and also got 232 mailed back questionnaires from protestors. They also attended court hearings of 144 Extinction Rebellion activists charged with minor public order offences.

The study also shows activists who took part in Extinction Rebellion’s major protests were overwhelmingly middle class, highly educated, and southern.

articles | Politics | University of Exeter

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