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The launch of a new campaign by environmental activist group Extinction Rebellion Scotland has seen large posters displayed in Fort William’s underpass and the town’s bus station.
The ‘Make The Connections’ campaign saw three activists climb the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh last week and drop a giant banner reading ‘Choose Oil or Choose Life: Act Now’ over the entrance.
The campaign says its aim is to persuade the Scottish Government to step away from its ‘collusion’ with the fossil fuel industry and to become the world leader in renewable energy it aspires to be.
A spokesperson for XR Fort William, the local branch of Extinction rebellion, told the Lochaber Times this week: ‘We are hurtling towards the breakdown of the support systems we rely on for life. This has not happened by accident, we have known the science and the solutions for decades.
‘Wilful obstruction by finance and fossil fuel companies have led to our government implementing weak climate change policy which shores up the profits of these companies, while putting all of our lives at risk.
‘ In the words of Ban Ki-Moon, former UN Secretary General: ‘This is an emergency and for emergency situations we need emergency action.’
‘XR Scotland is taking this direct action to make the connections between these facts clear and demand the Scottish Government Choose Oil or Choose Life.
‘Choose Your Future, Choose Life’ bus stop advertising boards have appeared in Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen, Stirling, Inverness and now Fort William.
‘These actions are part of a series throughout October highlighting the collusion between fossil fuel companies, the finance sector and government in locking us into a future marred by climate and ecological breakdown.’
The Extinction Rebellion posters in the Fort William underpass.
NO F42 posters XR