Climate activist on hunger strike in protest at council ‘inaction’

Posted On 14 Dec 2020 at 12:37 pm

Venetia Carter outside Hove Town Hall on Friday. Picture by Natasa Leoni


An Extinction Rebellion activist has pledged not to eat for a week because the council hasn’t taken enough action on climate change.

Venetia Carter, 56, kicked off her hunger strike on Friday outside Hove Town Hall.

Mrs Carter, who lives in the Queen’s Park area of Brighton, said that since the council declared a climate emergency two years ago, it hasn’t published any plans on how it will achieve net zero emmissions by 2030 and doesn’t mention climate emergency on its website.

The hunger strike is due to end on Thursday, at a full council meeting of Brighton and Hove City Council where Extinction Rebellion’s petition calling for a plan to be adopted by spring will be heard.

Mrs Carter said: “My fast symbolises the future we are headed for. A future of a four degree world where hunger will be a reality for millions as climate instability and soil degradation lead to an increasing likelihood of crop failures. Conflict is sure to follow.

“I also hope it will stand as an act of solidarity with those already suffering the impacts of climate breakdown. Across the world, people have already lost their lives, been made homeless and lost their livelihoods by increasingly frequent and more extreme forest fires, floods, and droughts.

“For many, the climate crisis seems a long way off in time and space, but I see it looming over my future life and that of my children. This isn’t a problem that can be solved by the people of the future; it is the responsibility of all of us, here and now.”

Extinction Rebellion’s petition demanding that the council adopt an “operational climate and biodiversity plan” by April 2021 had been signed by 1,415 at the time of publication.

The petition also demands that £5m is allocated to climate and biodiversity action in the next fiscal year and that the authority convenes citizens assemblies to decide how to address climate change, with the decisions being legally binding.

At the virtual meeting Mrs Carter and a group from Extinction Rebellion Brighton intend to give a deputation to the council calling for the local authority to “tell the truth” about climate change.

  1. Mary Hinge Reply

    I am a member of extinction rebellion and left alliance and am proud of this

    we will toast you at our coffee morning on wednesday

    • BrightonReader Reply

      Lovely stuff your faces with coffee and cake in her honour!

  2. Natasha Reply

    Extinction Rebellion activists never talk about their preferred solution to CO2 emissions, i.e. energy production. As such they are the fossil fuel sector’s best friends. Instead, do some home work, and DEMAND BHCC spend the £5million on Small Nuclear Reactors details here:-
    https://climateconversationsbrighton.uk.engagementhq.com/travel-transport/brainstormers/how-can-we-step-up-actions-to-reduce-transport-related-emissions-in-the-city/ideas/5305

  3. Nathan Adler Reply

    Good grief.

  4. James LH Reply

    We need deeds not words from local and national government. Their advisors are telling them much more radical action is needed, yet they do not act.

    Thank you Venetia Carter and all at Extinction Rebellion for what you do, let’s hope it’s enough.

  5. Jason Reply

    Carbon Dioxide is NOT a so-called “greenhouse gas”, but is in fact essential to life. If it were possible to eliminate this life-enabling gas, all life on Earth would cease.

    Also, being heavier than air, Carbon Dioxide stays near the ground where it feeds the plants we all depend on.

    Far from trying to “save” the planet, these “extinction rebellion” freaks would have Humanity becoming extinct if they were to get their way. They’re like spoiled children throwing a tantrum because some of us don’t accept the more obvious LIES pushed by government.

    If they really believe the world is overheating, they should research the medieval warm period, a time of plenty when the world was considerably warmer than it is now.

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