Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Slow Cycling and a 'Die-In' around the Monument: Climate Protest Coming North

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Slow Cycling and a 'Die-In' around the Monument: Climate Protest Coming North

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Byline: TONY HENDERSON Reporter jnl.newsdesk@ncjmedia.co.uk @Hendrover

ASLOW-CYCLE roadblock is being lined up as part of a week of climate change action in the North East.

The Regional Action Week, organised by Extinction Rebellion North East, will run from April 22-28.

Extinction Rebellion is an international social movement which aims to drive radical change, through non-violent resistance in order to minimise species extinction and avert climate breakdown.

On Friday April 26, protesters at the lack of action over climate change are being urged to bring a bike to join the cycle event and meet opposite Newcastle Central Station at 7am.

Other protesters who do not have a bike are being asked to hold placards and talk to passers-by and motorists. The objective is to slow traffic, attract public and attention, and distribute leaflets.

The slow bike ride will start at 7.30am with loops around St Mary's Cathedral, down Westgate Road, back past the station and then on to Swan House roundabout by 8am before crossing the Tyne Bridge.

The final leg will be to Gateshead Civic Centre to demand that the council declares a climate emergency.

On April 25 a "die-in" is planned to take place at 6pm at Grey's Monument in Newcastle.

Participants will all lie down at once as if dead surrounded by placards and banners, disrupting the flow of people and attracting the attention of passers-by while others give out leaflets to spread the word of the climate emergency.

There will also be a talk, titled Climate Change: Heading for Extinction and what to do about it, at Jesmond library in Newcastle at 6pm on April 25.

Extinction Rebellion Durham will also be staging events in the city.

On Saturday April 27, protesters will take part in a Funeral for our Future event, featuring mourners in black and pall bearers. …

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