Extinction Rebellion to lobby Oxford MP

Campaign group announces plan to deliver “letter of demand” to Anneliese Dodds (L- Oxford East) on Thursday.

Extinction Rebellion (XR), the international movement which campaigns for radical action on climate change and came to prominence during a series of protests last year, has announced plans to deliver a “letter of demand” to the Labour MP for Oxford East, Annaliese Dodds.

In a press release issued today, Mary Gill, of Headington XR, responded to recent comments made by Boris Johnson regarding the “post-COVID economy.”  During a speech earlier in June, Johnson outlined the government’s intended approach to environmental issues post-lockdown, saying that he wanted to see a “fairer, greener and more resilient global economy.”

In her statement, Ms Gill criticised the government’s record on climate change and urged Ms Dodds to lobby Mr Johnson to pursue a “green recovery.”

“If the UK is to have any chance of achieving zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, a target fixed in law, the government must seize this chance,” she said.

Ms Dodds was recently appointed to Shadow Chancellor under new Labour leader Kier Starmer.  Ms Gill praised Ms Dodds’ record on environmental issues but said she, “needs to say and do more about rebuilding the UK economy for a green and just recovery.”  She also claimed that now is “a unique opportunity to reshape the economy.”

She continued:

“We need investment in cutting carbon and increasing green jobs” whilst warning that “bailouts for the “high carbon economy must stop!”

The letter will urge Ms Dodds to give her full backing to “proposals for a green and just recovery that prioritise the reduction of carbon emissions and the strengthening of sustainability for the environment,” and will be delivered to the East Oxford constituency office in Cowley on the afternoon of 25th June, at 4.30 pm, by way of a procession with “colourful banners and placards.”

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