Extinction Rebellion members have carried out a silent vigil beside 100 pairs of children’s shoes in Barnstaple Square to symbolise the young lives that will be lost if the world does not act on climate change.

Extinction Rebellion North Devon members hold a silent vigil beside 100 pairs of children's shoes in Barnstaple Square. Picture: Stone NaylorExtinction Rebellion North Devon members hold a silent vigil beside 100 pairs of children's shoes in Barnstaple Square. Picture: Stone Naylor

Socially distanced members of XR North Devon, wearing masks and keeping two metres apart, stood in the heat of the midday sun on Thursday, June 25, to make their point.

It was done on the day the Climate Change Committee published its 2020 report to Parliament assessing progress in reducing UK emissions in the past year.

An XR spokesperson said the news was not good, with ‘woeful inactivity’ meaning the 2050 targets set for carbon emissions were unlikely to be met.

They said: “The shoes symbolise the young lives, not just here in North Devon, but across the world, which will be hugely affected, if not entirely lost, if we do not act on climate change.

Extinction Rebellion North Devon members hold a silent vigil beside 100 pairs of children's shoes in Barnstaple Square. Picture: Stone NaylorExtinction Rebellion North Devon members hold a silent vigil beside 100 pairs of children's shoes in Barnstaple Square. Picture: Stone Naylor

“We are failing to implement the urgently needed changes in our businesses, our industries and our total cultural and economic model that we need to protect lives and livelihoods.”

The protest was followed by a slow procession through the town to deliver a letter to the office of Selaine Saxby MP (she was unable to meet the group of protestors as she was in Westminster) demanding that she speak out on the Government’s failings.

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Extinction Rebellion North Devon members hold a silent vigil beside 100 pairs of children's shoes in Barnstaple Square. Picture: Stone NaylorExtinction Rebellion North Devon members hold a silent vigil beside 100 pairs of children's shoes in Barnstaple Square. Picture: Stone Naylor

Extinction Rebellion North Devon members hold a silent vigil beside 100 pairs of children's shoes in Barnstaple Square. Picture: Stone NaylorExtinction Rebellion North Devon members hold a silent vigil beside 100 pairs of children's shoes in Barnstaple Square. Picture: Stone Naylor

A youngster at the XR vigil in Barnstaple. Picture: Chris BennettA youngster at the XR vigil in Barnstaple. Picture: Chris Bennett