EXTINCTION Rebellion (XR) Red Rebels will be dressed as ghostly figures cloaked in blood-red costumes as part of a campaign on Saturday, November 30.

A local group of the national XR movement - XR Charlbury - are planning a series of actions in the lead up to the general election in order to put climate change and the environment at the top of the new government's political agenda.

The Red Rebel’s procession will start at the junction of Bridge Street and the High Street at 11am.

They will then progress along Witney High Street with a funeral cortege and pallbearers carrying a coffin that represents the planet.

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The procession will stop momentarily outside parliamentary candidate Robert Court’s constituency office before moving onto Market Square, Woolgate Clock Tower and Church Green.

Cath Blackfeather, the choreographer for the campaign, said: "Through silent movement we are engaging with people about something that is a terrifying threat to us all. 

"We are reaching out in a way that touches them emotionally and connects with their empathy so that they see we are all a part of this."

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In the 2017 election only 8% of the British public considered the environment to be one of the top 3 issues facing the country; in 2019 25% of Britons place it in one of their top 3 issues.

Jenifer Wates, 86 yr old XR Charlbury Red Rebel said: "I mourn the many wonders of nature that I have loved all my life, and grieve for the catastrophe that threatens my grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and all who will follow."

Braden Sheehy, 15, said: "We are tired of hearing about short term issues. We want people to consider the climate crisis as our primary focus. If radical change does not happen now, the adults will be gambling with our futures and the futures of later generations."