Extinction Rebellion action at Cromarty Firth Harbor in Invergordon continues as Red Rebels perform

Extinction Rebellion (XR) Invergordon, Cromarty Firth Harbor protest….Photo: Callum Mackay..

A theatrical performance took place at an environmental event in Invergordon.

Red Rebel protesters eerily strolled through the Cromarty Firth harbor site with arms raised.

The protest which started at 6.50am this morning blocked the road leading to the oil rig maintenance facility.

The actors are dressed in red, with faces in chalk as they protest the continued use of fossil fuels.

The police are on the scene.

Protesters erected a large 4.2m-tall oil rig made of scrap materials with a banner saying ‘Put me out of commission now’. Four are locked to propeller oil drums in the road, preventing access to traffic.

John Lardner (69), XR Scotland campaigner and retired history teacher, said: “The Chapham House report indicates that even if the Paris Agreement carbon emissions were met, we have not almost no chance of staying below pre-industrial warming levels. We must act now. Our carbon budget is empty. We do not have the choice”

The group calls for an end to fossil fuel extraction and support for a transition of skilled oil and gas workers to decommissioning and renewable industries, not new oilfields. Other activists hold banners nearby saying ‘Climate emergency’ and ‘No future in fossil fuels’.

Maciej Walczuk (19), XR Scotland activist and engineering student, said: “We have no choice, the fossil fuel industry is already causing the deaths of the most vulnerable people on this planet. Places like this need to look to the future, to survive they need to transform into work that doesn’t compromise our future instead of trying to continue to profit from the expansion of a deadly industry.

Eleanor Harris (23), campaigner and community artist from XR Scotland, said: ‘As someone who desperately wants to have children, it breaks my heart that projects like Cambo [in Shetland] are still in the works, jeopardizing any chance we have of a viable future and leading to the deaths of billions of people.

LILY: WATCH: 4 people are locked in oil drums to block access to Invergordon oil rig maintenance facility in the Highlands as XR says ‘decommission now’

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