Several public meetings are to be held in Cornwall urging the government to cease exploration and production of fossil fuels.

Just Stop Oil is a new UK-wide campaign demanding the government call an immediate halt to all new licences and consents for the exploration, development and production of fossil fuels in the UK.

Organisers say that, in the last few years, Cornwall has seen "unprecedented flooding in Hayle, Newlyn, Boscastle and St Ives."

"We know that these events will become more common and more destructive in the near future.

"The reality we face is ‘blood sweat and tears’ even if we start now, the alternative, to not act, is unthinkable."

The public meetings are free to attend and open to all, and organisers have said they will honour the UK’s long tradition of non-violent civil resistance.

Sarah Hirons who has helped organise the talks, said: "I am excited that we can host these talks because watching politicians talk blah blah blah whilst our house is on fire is beyond depressing.

"The opportunity to hear from some of Britain's bravest climate campaigners is a breath of fresh air.

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"Whilst many people in Cornwall are now acutely aware of the need for urgent action on what scientists say is the greatest threat we’ve ever faced, most of us don’t know what we can do.

"This no holds barred talk will not only tell the truth about how serious and urgent things are, it will also spell out clearly what each of us can do about it."

The talks will be taking place as follows:

Saturday, January 29: 10:30am to 12:30pm: St Bartholomew Parish Church, Porthleven.

Saturday, January 29: 2pm to 4pm: The Cornish Bank, 34 Church Street, Falmouth.

Sunday, January 30: 11pm to 1pm: Redruth Community Centre, 9a Chapel Street, Redruth.

Sunday, January 30: 2pm to 4pm: All Saints Church Community Centre, Church View Road, Tuckingmill.

The Falmouth talk can be attended by Zoom and anyone wanting to take part or wanting to help out with leafleting can email: jsosouthwest@protonmail.com