Photos show latest Cardiff protest by Extinction Rebellion

Climate change protest group Extinction Rebellion have a held a socially-distanced beach party on the steps of the Senedd.

The party comes the day after protesters climbed the Welsh Office building in Cardiff to unveil a banner.

At 11am, activists descended on the Senedd with deck-chairs, beach umbrellas, swimsuits, life jackets, surf boards and kayaks, along a “skeleton” of King Canute.

A spokeswoman for the group said: “According to legend, King Canute attempted to demonstrate to his courtiers that could hold back the incoming tide.

“Famously, he failed, and the story is used by present-day climate educators to illustrate the futility of building flood defences while the policies that are accelerating climate change continue.”

At 3.30pm, ‘King Canute’ was carried to Cardiff’s City Hall to “highlight the need for governments at every level to take urgent action on climate crisis”.

Pictures from the event

King Canute wasn’t looking well
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Fancy a dip?
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There was a police presence but the protest was peaceful
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Having a ball
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The was a sizable attendance at the protest/party
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Speakers addressed the crowd from the Senedd steps
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Speakers were behind screens to stop the spread of the virus
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Some were prepared for the rising sea levels
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Some of the group enjoy the carousel
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Why are they protesting?

The overwhelming consensus of scientists around the world is that if we do not take urgent action to cut out reliance on fossil fuels like coal and oil we are facing a disaster through rising temperatures and sea levels.

Cardiff is particularly at risk  with research suggesting, of the 85 world cities, it is ranked 6th for most impacted by global warming.

It is one of only two European cities in the top 10 and much higher than the next UK city, London, which is ranked 22nd.

Activists are calling on MPs to support the CEE Bill.

The Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill, if passed, gives the Prime Minister a duty to ensure that the UK achieves specified objectives on climate change, ecosystems and biodiversity.

The Bill sets out a framework for how this can be achieved, including establishing a citizens’ assembly. The Bill has been drafted by an alliance of policy-makers from Extinction Rebellion, the Big Ask campaign, and respected climate, energy and ecology academics.

Extinction Rebellion Cymru are calling upon members of the public to contact their MPs to urge them to back the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill. 

WalesOnline – Cardiff