An Extinction Rebellion protestor blocked a road in Mapperley earlier today (May 1) in a bid to ‘make politicians take notice of the climate crisis’.
Risking her life, 72-year-old Pippa McKeith, began her protest at 11am by sitting in the road at the top of Woodthorpe Drive on Mapperley Top.
Ms McKeith said “I know this will annoy those people I’m holding up and I’m so sorry – but I want politicians to wake up and take notice of the climate crisis.
“How come Prince Philip and David Attenborough have been talking about our impact on the natural world for decades yet governments are still ignoring what they’ve been saying?”
The Government’s own Committee on Climate Change said in its latest report  that the government has failed on 17 out of 21 of it’s own ‘progress indicators’, and that just two of 31 key ‘policy milestones’ have been met since Parliament declared emergency.
Ms McKeith, who lives in the Arboretum, added “I’m frustrated, I’m angry, and I’m frightened. I’m sitting in the middle of the road because I’m terrified that not enough is happening. I’ve signed petitions, I’ve written letters; I just don’t know what else I can do!”
Extinction Rebellion protestors also stopped traffic in Nottingham city centre and West Bridgford earlier this morning as part of a UK-wide ‘Rebellion of One’ protest involving 200 members of the action group.
A spokesman for the group said: “Greta Thunburg showed that one person can make a difference, and this is what the 200 sitters across the UK in 49 different cities are trying to do as part of the “Rebellion of One”.
“With lockdown lifting, and despite the new protest laws, concerned citizens have today resumed action against against what the Prince of Wales Corporate Leaders Group called the UK Government’s inadequate plans to tackle the climate crisis.”
The group have also been protesting this week outside County Hall in West Bridgford ahead of the May 6 election.