A spectacle of synchronised swimming – promoting an environmental message – took place in Ramsgate today (June 10).
The brainchild of two Extinction Rebellion activists from Whitstable and Folkestone, “Make the Wave” turned from a local to a global action, bringing coastal communities together from Kent, the UK and as far away as the Pacific Islands to highlight dangers of rising sea levels resulting from climate change.
As world leaders arrive in Cornwall for the G7 summit, “Make the Wave” protests are taking place to bring the focus on the Climate Emergency issue.
Among those taking part in the climate action were Thanet swimmers with a joyous celebration of our coastline whilst warning of the need to restrict emissions and slow global warming.
Following a parade down the Augusta Steps and along the beach, Thanet’s open-water swimming groups, the Mermads and Switches, performed a sand angel dance and synchronised sea swim to music on Ramsgate Main Sands.
A spokesperson for the event said: “It was joyous, hilarious and brilliantly managed by Trudi Jackson, Viv Yanka and Shahla Rushworth with banners and placards to amplify the message to everyone there……. There is no Planet B! We have to learn to care for the one we’ve got.”
The G7 summit is attended by leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the United States. They are due to discuss issues including the global health system, climate change and trade.
Headlines today included the arrival of US President Joe Biden and also highlighted the Prime Minister choosing carbon-costly air travel to make the trip from London to Cornwall, rather than go by train.