XR 'Deckchair Disaster' Action on Perranporth Beach to Highlight Sea Level Rising
• Rebels will assemble in Perranporth from 4pm to highlight how by 2030 the Perranporth beach car park will be covered in water due to sea level rises.
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Extinction Rebellion Cornwall will be disrupting the classic English seaside spectacle of people sitting in deckchairs while reading their newspapers. This 'Deckchair Disaster' scene will be gradually submerged by the extra high tide to highlight the issue of sea level rises as a result of climate change. Their newspapers will have headlines related to climate change, meanwhile, along with the Red Rebels a large group of Penitents will be assembled bearing stark climate change messages around their necks.
Organised by the Porthtowan XR Group this action aims to highlight the very immediate implications of our beaches being lost as a result of climate change. It is estimated that by 2030 the Perranporth beach car park will be entirely covered in water at high tide as a result of sea level rises. A recent study by a United Nations body predicts sea levels may rise more than 0.5m by 2050, 2m by 2100, 7.5m by 2200 and as high as 9.5m by 2300 if CO2 production continues. It is clear therefore that unless immediate action is taken to halt climate change we will face serious changes to our coastal environment.
Professor Jim Hall, the CCC Adaptation Committee's expert on flooding and coastal erosion, said: "As the climate changes the current approach to protecting the English coastline is not fit for purpose. It's time people woke up to the very real challenges ahead."
On Saturday high tide is at 5.44 pm and is set to rise to 7.5 metres. This date was chosen due to the particularly high tide. The police, the council and the lifeguards have all been informed and this action will not be considered to be disruptive.
Glenys Gibbons, Age 60, Profesional Mother, who has pledged to take part in the Beach Extinction Rebellion said: "When there are no beaches to walk on, and when the high spring tide becomes the new low tide, I want to know that I tried my best for the sake of my family to stop the day coming where all of humanity has to face the consequences of total climate meltdown."