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Extinction Rebellion is blocking London roads to stop climate change

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.

London commuters are angry that the protests are making them late for work. Plenty of people who are worried about climate change don’t agree with Extinct Rebellion’s left-wing politics (which include dismantling the current financial system). Some others don’t think they are radical enough. And some point out that it’s offensive for a mostly-white movement to glorify being arrested in a world where police brutality is often racially-tinged, and black people are three times as likely to be arrested as white people.

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  • WhereAreTheVikings

    What a terrible, terrible shame. Western Civilization nurtured capitalism, and now capitalism is destroying it. And these young people seem to welcome the invasion of their homeland. The media and schools have been very efficient in wiping out all traces of blood and soil.

    • prollawalllynotahumanoid

      Capitalism isn’t the problem. It’s corrupt politicians taking bribes and kickbacks from Globalists and the Chinese.

      • WhereAreTheVikings

        Maybe I should have said crony capitalism. Although Italians importing Chinese to make “Italian leather” shoes is not crony capitalism. It is capitalism, pure and simple.

        • prollawalllynotahumanoid

          That would be crony capitalism and globalism combined. They aren’t concerned with the affect their policies have upon their citizens, the health and welfare of their society and culture or their economy. What it isn’t is fair-free trade to further national interests.

          • WhereAreTheVikings

            I’ve always seen them as one and the same, but perhaps they need to be named individually, just to bring home the point.

      • WhereAreTheVikings

        But now that travel is so easy and borders are virtually down through H1bs and the like, theoretically you can’t blame capitalists for the pursuit of cheaper labor, although I do heartily blame them not being more patriotic than that. Perhaps the emerging nationalism will force them to voluntarily do what they should have morally been doing all along, and that is employing business practices that preserve their countries and nationalities. The government should be doing everything it can to encourage that, to the extent that small government should do anything but guard the borders and strictly, drastically, limit immigration.

      • Henry Lam

        It is China with its corrupted mindset affecting the world.

        • prollawalllynotahumanoid

          No it is not. Capitalism is the fairest and least corrupt system of all.

          Socialism and communism is based on authoritarianism, coercion and police intimidation. It has and always will be rife with criminality, bribes and kickbacks.

          Corruption can be anywhere but it is the very basis of socialism and communism.

    • Henry Lam

      The government is too weak. They do not understand the mindset of communists and how they educate their people. Those communist people are only loyal to their country and could be dangerous. The immigration law should only accept those who accepted multiculturalism and taught from a democratic education system. This virus events clearly has shown how stupid to take China as a friend.

      • WhereAreTheVikings

        The government is not too weak. Just weak-minded about some things.

  • Gabi Rodrigues

    For how many days can a country maximum close their borders to foreigners maximum? Like now, with the virus, everyone is using 30 days. Can it be more?