A large banner urging us to ‘Act Now’ to tackle the climate emergency was unfurled in two York city centre sites today.

The message was rolled down the side of Clifford’s Tower and from Scarborough Bridge by members of Extinction Rebellion York on Sunday afternoon (6 October).

A day earlier it had been on display at the University of York.

A message proclaimed from on high


Today’s action comes ahead of a large direct action protest by Extinction Rebellion in London on Monday. Members of the York group are heading down to Westminster to take part in the demonstration.

The activist group plans to close roads around Westminster and hold a sit-in at London City Airport as part of worldwide environmental protests.

Organisers are expecting up to 30,000 people to be involved in the protests over the next fortnight, making them five times bigger than the protests that caused major disruption to London in April.

‘Making our voices heard’

Extinction Rebellion York show the banner from Scarborough Bridge
Coordinator of Extinction Rebellion York Merry Dickinson said: “We’re calling on the people of York to join us in making our voices heard on climate justice, whether you have been directly affected by flooding locally, or you are a sympathiser.”

People are invited to an Extinction Rebellion York open event at 5pm on Tuesday (8 October) in the Physics Department at the University of York, entitled The Secret Life of Extinction Rebellion York.

Meanwhile there are five days to go to help crowdfund support for the Extinction Rebellion York members who were arrested at a demonstration in London in April.

The banner unfurled at the University of York. Photographs: David Gundry

The Crowdjustice fundraiser has so far raised more than £1,200 towards the legal costs of those involved.

On the page campaigners anticipate more arrests in the coming days, saying:

  • We are expecting many more arrests at the rebellion in October and would like these rebels to know that support is already in place should they need it.