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Making sure King's Lynn doesn't go extinct

Making sure King's Lynn doesn't go extinct

Published by KLFM
5:14am 12th July 2019.

Lots of people came together in King's Lynn to hear about what they could to protect the environment.

Last night (11th July) a public talk was held by environmental campaigners - Extinction Rebellion.

The international movement brought the centre of London to a standstill through protests that called for more to be done about climate change.

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The group spoke about the potential impacts on West Norfolk if major changes aren't made.

During the presentation to those gathered at St Nicholas Chapel - those from Extinction Rebellion showed how the continued rising sea levels could put our county at risk.

They used the floods in 2013 as an example of what can happen here and said most of West Norfolk would end up under water if things don't change.

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Dr Gardener speaking to those at St Nicholas Chapel

Dr Charlie Gardener - who is a lecturer in Conservation Biology at the University of Kent - led the presentation and spoke to KLFM:

"As a borough in West Norfolk we need to reach zero carbon emissions, which means we need to change our transport infrastructure so we're not relying on fossil fuels.

"We also need to massively change our electricity generation so we're using solar, wind and tidal power.

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"Of course North Norfolk is massively well placed for wind power."

KLFM asked Dr Gardener both the protests that have caused severe disruption to the general public and the criticism that has provoked:

"To me that's like complaining about a firefighter kicking down a door to get into a burning building.

"The building IS burning so we need to kick down that door.

"If people think that kicking down a door is too disruptive then those people have to sit back and take responsibility as they watch the building burn."

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The local Extinction Rebellion group held a protest when the new West Norfolk & King's Lynn Borough Council were sworn in.

Since then they've spoken to the local authority to discuss their concerns.

KLFM asked Dr Gardener if we could see disruptive but peaceful protests here:

"If the council do not follow the lead of neighbouring councils and what everyone else is doing - then we will be forced to take further action."

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