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Pupils from Lochaber High School and local residents were joined by three scarlet-clad figures from the Red Rebels group for the Global Climate Strike in Fort William’s High Street on Friday.
Heralded by soft pulsing drumming, they processed slowly in single file along the High Street, turning lots of heads as they went.
Once they reached the climate strikers in Cameron Square, they lifted
their veils in a powerful dreamlike pose of respect before weaving among the assembled crowd.
The Red Rebels are part of an international creative-activism performance troupe dedicated to increasing people’s awareness of the global climate emergency.
Their striking red attire symbolises the blood that humans share with other species, and the extreme dangers of global heating that we are currently facing.
The almost mythical beings set out to divert, distract, delight and inspire in synchronised slow motion. But at the same time, they were disturbing and disquieting.
Red Rebel troupes have been performing all over the world in recent months.
Their thought-provoking, visibly arresting spectacle in Fort William last Friday was believed to be the first of its kind in the Highlands, possibly even the first in Scotland.
In a statement, the Red Rebels said they were delighted to be able to support the inspiring young people in Lochaber who are drawing attention to the climate emergency through the Youth Climate Strikes.
The Highlands and Islands branch of Extinction Rebellion commented: ‘The Red Rebels joined the Global Climate Strike in Fort William on Friday. A great turnout and a big thank you to the Lochaber High climate strikers for organising the day’s events.’