AN ENVIRONMENTAL group has called off planned protests due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Extinction Rebellion Brighton has suspended all of its actions in May because of the outbreak.

Instead it will promote “a different kind of rebellion” based on “personal and community wellbeing”.


A spokeswoman for the group urged the Government to tackle climate change as urgently as it was tackling the pandemic.

“The way government and individuals are responding to this health and economic emergency gives us hope that we can also collectively tackle the climate emergency,” she said.

“It presents an equally significant threat to our health and prosperity without the immediacy of the Covid-19 outbreak.“

The group also supported Brighton and Hove City Council’s decision to postpone the planned climate assembly in April and May.

The assembly was set to bring together people from across the city to discuss how best to tackle the climate crisis.

The city council is aiming to reschedule the meetings “as soon as practically possible” this year.

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