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WATCH: Extinction Rebellion action at Port of Cromarty Firth in Invergordon continues as Red Rebels perform

By Louise Glen

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Extinction Rebellion (XR) Invergordon, Port of Cromarty Firth protest....Picture: Callum Mackay..
Extinction Rebellion (XR) Invergordon, Port of Cromarty Firth protest....Picture: Callum Mackay..

A theatre performance has taken place during environmental protest at Invergordon.

Protesters the Red Rebels have eerily walked around the Port of Cromarty Firth site with arms held high.

The protest that began at 6.50am this morning, has blocked the road into the oil rig maintenance facility.

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

Police are on the scene.

Protesters have erected a large 4.2m tall prop oil rig made of scrap materials with a banner saying “Decommission Me Now”. Four are locked onto prop oil barrels in the road, preventing traffic access.

John Lardner (69) XR Scotland activist and retired history teacher, said: “The Chapham House report says that even if the Paris Agreement carbon emissions were achieved, we have almost no chance of staying below pre-industrial levels of warming. We have to act now. Our carbon budget is empty. We have no option”

The group are calling for an end of fossil fuel extraction and support for a transition of skilled oil and gas workers into decommissioning and renewable industries, not new oil fields. Other activists are holding banners nearby saying “Climate Emergency” and “No Future in Fossil Fuels”.

Maciej Walczuk (19) XR Scotland activist and engineering student, said: “We don’t have a choice, the fossil fuel industry is already causing deaths of the most vulnerable people on this planet. Places like this must look into the future, to survive they need to transform into doing work that doesn’t compromise our future instead of trying to continue making profit off the expansion of a deadly industry.”

Eleanor Harris (23) XR Scotland activist and community artist, said: “As someone who desperately wants to have children, it breaks my heart that projects like Cambo [in Shetland] are still in the pipeline jeopardising any chance we have of a livable future and leading to the death of billions of people.”

READ: WATCH: 4 people are locked into oil barrels to block access at Invergordon oil rig maintenance facility in the Highlands as XR say 'decommission now'

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