Activists to stage HS2 protests along planned route of high-speed railway line
Environmental activists are planning a series of protests along the HS2 line as they urge the Government to “pull the emergency brakes” on the project. HS2 Rebellion, an offshoot of Extinction Rebellion, say protest events are set to commence this morning in multiple locations along the route of the high-speed rail project, including Euston, Buckinghamshire and Cheshire, featuring marches, speeches, presentations, and street theatre. The action comes ahead of a debate in Parliament on September 13 to discuss a petition calling for HS2 to be stopped.
A spokesperson for HS2 Rebellion giving his name only as Bradley, said in a statement from the group: “By their own figures, HS2 will never be carbon neutral in 120 years. “The recent (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report on climate change stated that we have until 2025 (at the latest) to reduce carbon emissions. But HS2 will not be finished until the late 2040s and, even in the mid-22nd century, HS2 will still not have helped us to reduce emissions.
The maths does not add up. “This week, the government increased national insurance contributions ostensibly to provide an extra GBP12billion a year for social care. “By cancelling HS2 – a project which benefits only the rich – the government could make immediate savings of approximately the same amount, without putting further strain on the finances of the working class.
“HS2 is a financial, social and environmental catastrophe.
This is an emergency and we are calling on Parliament to pull the emergency brakes.”
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