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Tuesday 15 December 2020

Extinction Rebellion Disrupt BBC Broadcast In Brighton With Samba Band

A samba band made up of environmental activists performed outside BBC Sussex's Brighton studio yesterday morning in an attempt to disrupt the breakfast broadcast.

The activists, who had ten drums and percussion instruments between them, held the noisy protest to highlight the BBC's apparent continued failure to give climate change the prominence it deserves.

The group, from Extinction Rebellion, gathered outside the BCC Sussex studio on Queen's Road at 7.30am on Monday 14th – a date chosen because it is almost five years to the day since the Paris Agreement to limit global heating to no more than 2C.

Alongside the drumming band, protesters held placards reading: 

"Ignorance is not bliss, BBC. Stop blindfolding us", and "BBC you are failing in your duty to inform – tell the truth". 

Update from Extinction Rebellion

One of the protestors, who wishes to remain anonymous, said: 

"The BBC exists to 'inform, educate and entertain', but it is failing in its duty to inform and educate the British people.

"In June, the government's independent advisers, the Committee on Climate Change, told it to prepare the country for a 4C degree future within the lifetime of babies born in 2020.

"Acknowledging 4C of warming is possible is effectively accepting social, economic and ecological collapse – and yet the BBC remains silent on this.

"Yes, they have improved their coverage on the climate and ecological emergency, but they are still keeping the crucial, and most scary, facts from the public, and are not treating the climate and ecological emergency with anything like the priority it requires, and that the public deserve."

by: Mike Cobley




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