Climate change activist group, Extinction Rebellion, has said a meeting with Environment Secretary Michael Gove was “very disappointing”.
They have been reassured that this is the correct emotional response to have when meeting Michael Gove by members of the Conservative Party, the Labour Party, his own family and anyone else who has ever met him.
At the meeting, held on Tuesday, Mr Gove refused to declare a climate emergency.
“We’ve just enjoyed the warmest Easter since records began,” said his spokesperson “Who doesn’t want hot weather on a Bank Holiday? It makes a change from it always raining.”
Extinction Rebellion recently carried out ten days of climate change protests across London and had hoped for more from the meeting. The group has three main demands:
1. For the Government to ‘tell the truth’ about the scale of the environmental crisis the world faces. Rumours Gove told them “You can’t handle the truth” have not been confirmed.
2. For the UK to enact legally binding policies to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025 and
3. For the government to form a Citizens’ Assembly to oversee the changes needed to achieve this.
The group’s youth representative, 14-year-old Felix Ottaway O’Mahony, said: “The rebellion has to continue because our futures are not safe.”
In an act of extreme pettiness Mr Gove has been in touch with O’Mahony’s school to find out if he had permission to miss school to come to the meeting and if not to issue his parents with a penalty notice.
The Welsh and Scottish governments have both declared a climate emergency, along with dozens of towns and cities, including Manchester and London after warnings from the United Nations that the world could have just 12 years left to limit a climate change catastrophe.
“Like Brexit means Brexit, extinction means extinction,” said Mr Gove’s office, “12 years is plenty of time, especially when we think the best policy to follow is for Labour to sort our mess out when they return to power.”