CLIMATE campaigners protested from a city footbridge in response to politicians’ “lacklustre commitment” to achieving net zero.

Members of Extinction Rebellion Southampton climbed onto the footbridge over Castle Way in Southampton on Saturday, July 16, to highlight the climate crisis with large banners.

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The group say the message, as depicted on their banners, is more urgent than ever as the country is plunged into a scorching heatwave.

A spokesperson said: “While politicians spout meaningless rhetoric in the battle to become the next Prime Minister, and express lacklustre commitment to decarbonisation and achieving net zero, we face escalating crises such as the cost of living, and conflicts across the world which are being exacerbated by our over-reliance on fossil fuels.

Daily Echo: Extinction Rebellion in Southampton on Saturday, July 16Extinction Rebellion in Southampton on Saturday, July 16

“Despite this, the government is still ploughing ahead and approving licences for new gas and oil projects at home and across the world.

“For all our sakes we can only hope that the new Prime Minister takes the climate crisis seriously and follows the science to ensure that there will be no new fossil fuels”.

The group also raised concerns surrounding the impact rising temperatures will have on frontline services such as the NHS.

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