Hundreds of children’s shoes laid outside city hall by climate protesters
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Hundreds of pairs of children’s shoes have been laid out on the steps of Norwich City Hall as part of a protest by climate change campaigners.
Extinction Rebellion Norwich organised the symbolic display which they said represented those dying every year from ecological and climate-related crisis.
Activist and Norwich resident Jenn Parkhouse said: “We cannot delay dealing with our destructive impact on the planet any longer. Children are being massively affected by rising sea levels and the loss of their homes and in so many cases, their lives.
“It is a very moving display and it’s quite prophetic that we happen to be doing this on what is probably the hottest day of the year.”
It was the penultimate Missing Shoes action in region, with similarly-themed events already having taken place around the region including Cambridge, Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds,
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Lowestoft, Downham Market, Kings Lynn and Long Stratton. The final event is planned at Sizewell on Sunday, August 9.
Ms Parkhouse added: “Government must not bail out carbon-heavy industries but work towards reducing emissions and investing in a low carbon future.
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“Locally it is ecological suicide for Norfolk County Council to continue with their 20th century vanity project to build the Norwich Western Link.”