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Extinction Rebellion Cambridge to hold Boxing Day ‘die-in’ at Grand Arcade




Extinction Rebellion Cambridge is holding a Boxing Day ‘die-in’ to draw attention to the way consumerism is distracting from the ongoing climate crisis.

The action will be taken in the Grand Arcade on Thursday (December 26) shortly after the shopping centre opens at 11am.

A previous die-in by XR Cambridge, marking Black Friday. Picture: Jeremy Peters
A previous die-in by XR Cambridge, marking Black Friday. Picture: Jeremy Peters

A statement from the group said: “We will be doing a die-in in the Grand Arcade to highlight the fact that while people here are tied up in a system of consumerism, people elsewhere in the UK and across the world are dying because of the climate crisis.”

Supporters are being encouraged to bring their bikes and bike locks to the event and meet at the Petty Cury entrance to the Grand Arcade at 10am.

The statement continued: “Our bikes will be part of the die-in to highlight the fact that individual action is not enough.

“If there are enough people, we hope to have a range of different die-in actions in and around the Grand Arcade, and the length and location of these die-ins will be decided in the morning when we can see how many people we have.”

Extinction Rebellion says the event is suitable for families as well as supporters in wheelchairs, but advises: “If you are not comfortable lying or standing for a sustained period of time, please bring a fold-up chair.”

In November, the group parked a pink boat outside the Grand Arcade car park entrance on Black Friday to bring attention to the way consumerism is contributing to the climate crisis.

A previous die-in by XR Cambridge, marking Black Friday. Picture: Jeremy Peters
A previous die-in by XR Cambridge, marking Black Friday. Picture: Jeremy Peters

“A throwaway culture and cheap consumerism is killing the planet and enslaving the global south,” it said at the time.

Next week, on New Year’s Eve, Extinction Rebellion Cambridge will host a fundraising party at the Sir Isaac Newton pub.

The event, from 6pm, will raise more to “finance the rebellion” and will feature a DJ, karaoke and plant-based food.

Tickets cost between £5 and £15 and are available via xrcambridge.org/events.


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