A GROUP of Extinction Rebellion cyclists heading for the international rebellion in London stopped off in Winsford last night.

The riders, from Carlisle, will be joining eco activists for a two week global programme of action starting on Saturday.

Winsford GP Kathy Fallon, founder of XR Cheshire, said: "Cycling is a great way of keeping fit whilst also minimising your carbon footprint by reducing reliance on other forms of transport.

"However it is unpleasant cycling in traffic fumes, not to mention dangerous, so we could really do with more cycle routes through and around the town.

"For example, it would be great to be able to cycle safely from the town centre to the railway station! We all need to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels in order to reduce CO2 emissions and help to prevent the worst effects of climate change.

"Cycling and walking is a great way to do this."

The cyclists joined Cheshire residents at their XRCheshire meeting in Winsford on Tuesday evening.

Mark Thompson gave a very informative and interesting talk on decarbonising energy production.

Using renewable forms of electricity like wind power is part of the solution, he said, but we need to also reduce use of gas which is currently relied on for heating our homes.

It is likely that some drastic changes are going to be necessary, he explained, such as building new homes with ground source heat pumps or different types of boilers for hydrogen gas.

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Extinction Rebellion is an international movement calling on governments to tell the truth about the climate emergency and act now to halt biodiversity loss and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.

Eco activists are also calling on the government to create and be led by the decisions of a Citizens Assembly on climate and ecological justice.

To find out more about XRCheshire email XRCheshire@gmail.com.

To reduce your carbon footprint visit rebellion.earth