The Students of UEA came out in force to stage a die in at Union Square on Campus. As the students lay motionless, Tina stood with a mega phone and read out the Extinction Rebellion declaration to the gathering crowd, urging the the University to declare a climate emergency. Here is a little bit about the event written by Tina.
On Thursday 16th May, myself and my fellow ‘XR University of East Anglia’ activists staged a Die-In demonstration on campus. We chose to do a Die-In (similar to a flash mob except people fall to the ground, creating a striking image for people who may just be passers-by) to symbolise the loss of life, human and non-human, that is already taking place as a result of enormous social and environmental injustices - ones which are driving us towards global climate chaos.
This demonstration came as a result of a letter we wrote to our Vice-Chancellor, Professor David Richardson, calling on him to declare a climate emergency, commit to urgent carbon neutrality, and appoint executive staff to implement the necessary changes our University must make in order to drastically curb its own contributions to this global threat.
UEA has led the world in research that has demonstrated the severe threats to human wellbeing from climate change, and so we feel it only right that our University should demonstrate to other universities, government bodies, organisations and communities what the correct response to this threat should be.
We received an amazing response on the day, and were able to gather over 100 more signatures on our petition, which accompanies the public letter. This now takes the number of petition signatures to over 1,000!
Thank you to everyone who took part, or came over to chat to us. You can read our full letter, and sign and share the petition, by following this link here.
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