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By Fiona Reid
Dumfries and West
Water levels highlighted

A COHORT of local climate activists have highlighted the threat posed by global warming by demonstrating potential water level rises at the Whitesands.

Members of Extinction Rebellion Dumfries and Galloway (XR D&G) recently took a trip to the flood hotspot and hung a poster from the Devorgilla Bridge.

Using data from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), it showed how high the water level of the River Nith will be if action is not taken to halt climate change, and how much it could rise if the West Antarctic Ice Sheet Collapses – a worst case scenario painted by some climate scientists.

The group also visited a home near the Whitesands that was hit by flooding two years ago to explore the impact a 3-37cm sea level rise will have on existing flood defences locally.

Furthermore, they spent some time at the bus station, highlighting that “boats not buses” will be required to navigate the town centre if action isn’t taken.

A spokesperson for XR D&G said: “We are already drowning in promises, now we demand action.”


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