Nine candidates will stand under Climate Emergency Independents banner
'Activists who took part in the Extinction Rebellion protests have announced they will stand in the European elections on a “climate emergency” ticket.
Under the name Climate Emergency Independents, nine candidates will stand in the 23 May polls – seven in London and two in south-west England region.
The group said it was inspired by the mass civil disobedience demonstrations on the streets of London over the past two weeks as well by Greta Thunberg and the global school strikes movement she inspired.
“The Climate Emergency Independents are inspired by the Youth Strikes 4 Climate, Greta Thunberg and the Extinction Rebellion movement,” a statement said. “Their collective actions have created in shift in public awareness around the need to urgently act on the emergency.”
The group said it aimed to take the same energy seen on the streets of London to the heart of Europe. “[We want] to demonstrate a different kind of politics that goes beyond party politics. A politics that is more human and ordinary and says, in the face of climate collapse, we can face this together.”
The group has almost identical demands of the EU that Extinction Rebellion (XR) had for the UK government: for politicians to tell the truth about the scale of the crisis, for the formation of a citizens’ assembly and to hit a target of net zero carbon emissions by 2030, rather than 2025 as demanded by XR of the UK government.'
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