Climate group stage weekend protest outside South Shields Town Hall

The demonstration took place on Saturday.

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A group of climate protesters who organised a protest at South Shields Town Hall claim over 60 “mothers, grandmothers, aunties, sisters, daughters, caregivers and allies” turned out on Saturday to fight against use of fossil fuels.

Women from across the North East sat peacefully for an hour in a circle, facing passers-by as part of the Mother’s Rebellion group’s global week of action.

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The group’s action took place at the South Shields headquarters of the Tyne and Wear Pension Fund, with the group claiming it invests more than £230m in oil, gas and coal, and plans to do so until 2050.

MarieLouise, a 40 year old solicitor and mum of two, said: “My heart breaks when I see the news stories from around the world on extreme weather events and climate breakdown. Other mothers are watching their children go hungry, losing their homes and forgoing any chance of a decent future.

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Helen, a grandma from Gateshead, also explained why she took part in the event: “I have four beautiful young grandchildren and, when I think about what the world will be like for them growing up, I’m so scared about food shortages, lack of clean water, and of course, extreme weather events.

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“I grieve for the lack of biodiversity that they will experience, as creatures and birds we take for granted will become extinct. Sitting in this circle will help me focus on my sorrow in a safe space, and hopefully encourage others to think about what is happening in the world.”