A group of protesters are blocking roads in London to draw attention to climate change.
What it means: Extinction Rebellion was recently formed in response to an IPCC report about climate change. (IPCC is the part of the United Nations which looks at the political and economic impacts of climate change). The report basically said that if we don’t stop global warming in twelve years, we’re all doomed: hundreds of millions of people will be at significant risk of “droughts, floods, extreme heat and poverty”.
Extinction Rebellion wants governments around the world to “tell the truth” about how bad climate change is going to be, “reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025” (i.e. make sure no carbon dioxide, which is produced by burning fossil fuels and causes climate change, gets into the atmosphere, either by not producing it in the first place or by capturing it before it’s released) and “reduce consumption levels” (i.e. get us all to use less environment-damaging stuff, whether that’s electricity or non-recyclable plastic or avocados flown over from South America).
To achieve their goals Extinction Rebellion have been blocking central London roads and bridges, spray-painting buildings and “trying to get as many people as possible arrested”. The idea is to bring attention to the problem and grow their support base. But their tactics are alienating a lot of people.
We’ve moved beyond a world where your country was all that matters. Our economies have become bigger than we realise. Things we use are less and less likely to come from our own country and more likely to have been imported from a country across the globe – this has become so normal that we’ve forgotten what a huge implication this has for how our economies work…