Extinction Rebellion activists sailed a sinking suburban house down London’s river Thames, in an effort to draw attention to the reality of rising sea levels.
According to a press release, reports Dazed, the action is “yet another attempt” by the group “to send an SOS to the government on climate inaction”, as well as depict the threat humans face from the climate crisis.
“As the ongoing flood disaster in Derbyshire and Yorkshire has so starkly illustrated,” the statement continued, “our homes, businesses, and families are at very real risk. We are watching, in real-time, as people’s lives are destroyed around the world and in the UK.”
XR’s traditional brick house could be seen half-submerged as it floated down the Thames near Tower Bridge. Katey Burak and Rob Higgs, who built ‘The Sinking House’, said: “We want to respectfully raise awareness of the severity of the impending human-made disaster. We wanted to make something that people can visually connect to, whilst leaning on the government and the experts to make the changes that need to be made.”
The group’s action comes as almost 50 flood warnings have been put in place across England following days of persistent rain. 400 homes have flooded in Doncaster, while one woman was tragically swept to her death by a flooded river in the Derbyshire town of Matlock on Friday.
Statistics shared by Extinction Rebellion say that sea levels are expected to rise from one to five metres by 2100.