Extinction Rebellion will target bankers in its second week of protests after thousands of reinforcements arrived over the weekend to give the group its second wind. From 7am today activists will descend on the City to try to block roads and hit public transport. Organisers hope to cause maximum disruption to financial institutions, including the Bank of England. “The sector’s contribution to funding climate breakdown is driving us towards ecological collapse,” a spokesman said. Activists will also target the Royal Courts of Justice, where they plan to cause disorder from midday. Despite a robust police response, which has shut down nearly all of the group’s original sites around the capital with the exception of Trafalgar Square, Extinction Rebellion’s numbers are believed to have swelled over the weekend by 30,000.Training sessions were held yesterday at the rebel encampment in Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens to get those newly arrived up to speed in the art of protest. From 10am to 6pm, classes on “De-escalation”, “Considering arrest”, “Know your rights” and “Witnessing arrest” were on offer.
Times 14th Oct 2019 read more »
Critics of Extinction Rebellion come in two forms: those that want it to do well, but have concerns; and those that believe climate change is not an impending catastrophe that will kill us all. The latter are wrong. If you do have some critical things to say about Extinction Rebellion, it can feel as though you are trapped between a rock and a hard place. You don’t want to be associated with rabid climate change deniers, so what do you do when you see protesters make the cause harder for itself by doing weird street performances that would put off your friends and family back home? This matters because they are the people you want to win over, and they will not be won over by people being, frankly, rather odd at best, and dismissive at worst. And this is a class issue. Working-class people are being sidelined from the protests. When Extinction Rebellion send flowers to the Brixton police, they sideline the black community; when Extinction Rebellion beg over social media to send vegan food to their protesters on hunger strike staying out overnight, they sideline the swelling numbers of rough sleepers in Westminster. Perceptions matter, because winning over the ordinary person matters. Winning over the poorest matters. Extinction Rebellion has excelled at raising awareness of climate change. The mere fact we are talking about this, and that I am writing about this, is a reflection of their success. But it shouldn’t stop there. Effecting change, and normalising that change, demands that you take a large number of people with you.
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The UK and the world must work to make climate change campaigners increasingly disruptive protests redundant by cutting emissions to zero, writes Christine Jardine. My two political worlds collided this week in Parliament Square, and it was nothing to do with Brexit. Amidst the eerie near silence created by the Extinction Rebellion protests, it seemed not only that the traffic-free air was easier to breathe but that there was also more space to think. It was last week that the environmental campaign group began their fortnight-long string of protests and sit-ins at various locations in central London. Now this is something I want to make clear: I am 100 per cent supportive of the aims of Extinction Rebellion to start meaningfully dealing with the climate emergency, and I of course support their right to peaceful protest and draw attention to this important issue. However, some of their actions have been completely counter-productive. Disrupting public transport surely seems to contradict the aims of cutting emissions and tackling climate change?
Scotsman 14th Oct 2019 read more »
London is braced for another week of chaos as Extinction Rebellion plan to bring further disruption to the capital. Climate activists are holding their nerve despite the arrest toll from the last week of protests reaching more than 1,300, and those charged hitting on Sunday night. The i newsletter cut through the noise. The second week of action will begin on Monday with a mass demonstration planned in Parliament Square to disrupt the Queen’s Speech and state opening of parliament.
iNews 13th Oct 2019 read more »
Part street theatre and all desperate passion, the Extinction Rebellion is blossoming everywhere. Actions are flourishing around the world as climate protesters mobilize. Below, we offer a taste of some of the actions by the Extinction Rebellion as Rebels describe their Day Two experiences in an on-going global action.
Beyond Nuclear 13th Oct 2019 read more »