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20th May, 2022

Red Rebels from Rugby to join train pilgrimage to COP26

‘RED Rebels’ from Rugby will join a silent protest pilgrimage to an international climate change conference this weekend.

Members of the Red Rebel Brigade performance group will join a train pilgrimage to The 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow.

On Sunday (October 31), the demonstrators will silently move through Rugby train station, staging a peaceful demonstration from 11:45am for departure at 12:14pm. The group will be escorted by local guides who will join the Rebels on the train.

It is part of a national three-day train pilgrimage, starting in Cornwall on Saturday (October 30) and finishing in Glasgow on Monday (November 1).

The Red Rebel Brigade will stage performances at each station to share the message that action is needed now to halt serious natural disasters, global warming, and life-threatening pollution levels.

Rugby Rebels will join together with Bristol, Oxford and Birmingham Red Rebel groups at Birmingham New Street station where a symbolic handover of a banner will take place.

Event organisers Catherine Heinemeyer and Christina O’Neill said: “Red Rebels will travel, silently and with purpose, along the veins of the country to the beating heart of COP26 in Glasgow.

“We will bring the message that it’s now ‘code red’ for humanity, for climate, and for nature. There is not a single moment more to waste, and policymakers who don’t come to the table ready to make sacrifices really will have blood on their hands.”

The Red Rebel Brigade is an international performance group which raises awareness of ecological and political crises through peaceful, silent processions. Group members wear red, representing the danger of the climate crisis and its impact on humanity.

Red Rebel founder Doug Francisco said: “The Red Rebel Brigade symbolises the common blood we share with all species, that unifies us and makes us one. As such we move as one, act as one and more importantly feel as one.”

COP26 will take place in Glasgow from October 31 to November 12.

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