Climate change is slowly becoming an eye sore to many people around the world. Due to the continually increasing adverse effects of climate change, people have started taking matters in their own hands. The step to champion for climate change has seen many protests mushroom in major cities around the world. The most recent being led by the climate change protesters, the Extinction Rebellion (XR). However, before we dig into the protests, let’s get to know XR abit more.
Who are Extinction Rebellion?
The Extinction Rebellion Movement , commonly refereed as the “Environmental campaign group,” is a community that wants governments to declare a “climate and ecological emergency” and take immediate action to address climate change. The group was founded by Roger Hallam and Gail Bradbrook on 31st day of October 2018.
XR uses an hour glass in circle as its symbol. The hourglass represents the running out of time for many species, that have not already run out of time.
The group, which was started in 2018, is a non-violent disobedient campaign community ,that is focused to make governments understand the gravity of climate change.
Currently, the group has over 298,000 followers on Facebook alone, an many more on other social media sites. XR has set the deadline to improve climate change and zero carbon emissions by the year 2025.
According to various reports, the group is mainly supported by young people who are passionate and feel greatly let down by government oversight of the looming extinction of the planet. These supporters also fund and come out to protest in the streets.
Interestingly , XR has received support from public figures, such as the actress Emma Thompson, politicians Diane Abbott and Caroline Lucas and the bands Radiohead and Massive Attack
What is Extinction Rebellion Agenda?
Since the formation of the campaign in 2018, the main agenda has been to reduce carbon emissions by 2025. However, due to the fact that the movement is global , different sections of the group may add more agendas depending on the country of origin. For instance, in the UK , the group has the following main agendas;
- The UK government to legally commit to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2025
- An assembly made up of citizens to oversee the progress
- Declaration of Climate change emergency
Despite these agendas being over ambitious, XR still maintains that it is the minimal requirement for climate change.
Tactics Used by Extinction Rebellion
Extinction Rebellion’s main tactic, just as the name suggests revolves around protests in major cities. In April 2019, XR held an 11-day protests in London, rendering some of the major streets impassable.
The London protest is just one of the many protests that occurred globally in New York , Berlin, Paris and Australia. The protesters used techniques such as lying on roads, chaining themselves to iconic monuments (in Berlin, campaigners chained themselves to Angela Merkel’s Chancellery ) and carrying placards.
However, it’s not all fun and games for the group as it has also been receiving significant criticism from various organisations and leaders. In light of the April 2019 protest, which costed the UK police 7.5 million pounds ($9.2 million), many people refereed to as environmental fanatics.
According to a report by the BBC, Boris Johnson, the British Prime minister, referred to the protesters as “uncooperative crusties”
Many more still view XR member as hippies who are always high on marijuana.
Withal , XR is doing a commendable job to get attention of people who have the power to foster climate change.