A paralympian has joined Extinction Rebellion (XR) protesters who are camped out on the roof of City Hall.
James Brown says he wanted to join the action in support of his daughter, who suffers with asthma is more vulnerable to air pollution in Bristol.
James is lending his voice to XR’s calls for the council to make a concrete commitment to combating air pollution in the city.
A group of protesters have been up on the roof since Thursday (June 25)
James is registered blind and runs a charity supporting disabled people across the UK. As a one-time resident of Bristol, who now lives in Exeter, he said his daughter suffered badly from the effects of air pollution when she lived here.
James told Bristol Live: “I am campaigning with XR because I have a personal connection to Bristol.
“My daughter lives in Redcliffe, has asthma and as a result has suffered from the high levels of air pollution here in Bristol.
“When air pollution levels were at the highest, my daughter suffered physically and financially as a result.
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“Physically she was trapped in her flat for weeks on end and financially she suffered because she could not get out of the flat to work.
“I experienced and felt that her situation was wrong and she shouldn’t have to be put through that.
“I’ve being watching the action on social media recently as well which is also why I decided to join them. My curiosity for the aims inspired me to join the protesters up on the roof.”
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James said he is concerned the council and Mayor Marvin Rees have brushed aside the issue of air pollution in Bristol by ignoring the XR protesters up on the roof.
He said: “They are ignoring the issue, that is our primary concern.
“Why won’t the council share what they are doing with us and the general public?
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“I’m having to juggle this with my work but I hope to stay up with the protesters for as long as possible.”
The council has told Bristol Live it won’t be commenting on the protest.
Regional coordinator Peter Hughes told Bristol Live last week: “We’ve got all the appropriate kit to stay up here for as long as possible. We also plan to ramp things up further on the ground if Marvin and the Council don’t listen to us.”