Climate change protesters gift 'survival kit' to UK environment chief
Representatives of flooded communities and climate change campaigners in the UK have delivered a ‘climate change survival kit’ consisting of wellington boots, a snorkel and flippers to the UK's Environment Secretary Owen Paterson.
Dressed in wetsuits, raincoats and wet-weather gear, the campaigners carried a banner bearing Mr Paterson’s own words: ‘Climate change? “We’re very good at adapting,”’.
During his tenure as Secretary of State, Owen Paterson has cut Defra’s climate change adaptation team from 38 staff to just 6, and slashed his department’s domestic climate change budget by 40%.
The campaigners also delivered a set of petitions in sandbags to 10 Downing Street. The petitions, collectively bearing the signatures of over 120,000 people, called for the Prime Minister to take action on flood defences, tackle climate change by setting tougher emissions targets and ending fossil fuel subsidies, and to sack Owen Paterson as Environment Secretary.