Extinction Rebellion members hand out group's 'Not The Sun' tabloid newspaper at train stations in Bury St Edmunds, Thurston and Stowmarket
Extinction Rebellion members in Suffolk have been distributing the group's own national tabloid newspaper to spread their message about climate change.
The movement said it wanted to create a paper which was 'funny and punny, bold and punchy, while telling the truth about the worst crisis that humanity has ever faced, and, as importantly, offering hope for a better tomorrow for everyone'.
They added: "Our tabloid is an honest attempt to show what our most popular newspapers could be doing every day: telling the scary truth and how to deal with – but still entertaining us and making us smile.”
The 24-page paper was created by a team of unpaid volunteers and distributed for free in 23 towns and cities during the morning rush hour.
It is the next stage of Extinction Rebellion’s Free The Press campaign, launched last September with a blockade of a major printing plants in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire and Knowsley, Merseyside that stopped the distribution of 3.5 million copies of The Sun, the Daily Mail, and the Daily Telegraph.
Two Bury St Edmunds protestors Charlotte Kirin, 52, and Hazel Stenson, 57, were given conditional discharges after being convicted earlier this month for their role in the Broxbourne blockade.
After the court case, Ms Stenson said this week: “The press hold the key – we can do all the actions in the world but if the press does not report them or their message, without prejudice, then we are just talking to each other.
“I’d rather not be lying all night under a lorry on a cold Tarmac road, I’d rather be tucked up with my family while the media does its job.”
She handed the paper out at Bury St Edmunds train station with fellow Extinction Rebellion member Laura Fellows.
"Folk were reticent to take the papers until we explained what it was, then they were very keen to read it and many sat doing so whilst waiting for their train," she said.
People really do want to know the truth about climate change.
Laura added: "One gentleman said it was brilliant and we should make it a regular thing."
Among those reading the paper was Tricia Bernard-Hector, who runs MobileBrewCo at the entrance to the station.
She said: "It was really interesting to read about facts I hadn't known before."