The number of “active” supporters in the Extinction Rebellion Scotland movement is now “several thousand” strong, with new chapters of the group opening up as far afield as Orkney and Oban, its organisers have declared. After a week in which the group staged some of its largest rolling demonstrations to date, with 13 people arrested in Edinburgh over a series of road blockades, those behind the climate crisis protests said although there was frustration at government inaction over strict new net-zero targets, the movement has been “encouraged” by its achievements to date. The Scottish wing of the global movement was officially launched on 24 November last year.
Scotsman 23rd June 2019 read more »
When I asked the men on stage if they would commit to net zero emissions by 2025, I didn’t anticipate a sufficient answer and was not at all shocked when I didn’t get one. I fully expected them to list off their environmental accomplishments and wave their net zero 2050 targets in the face of the audience, as politicians tend to do. They may take pride in the proposal of zero carbon emissions by 2050, but in reality this does nothing to help the environment in the time frame that is needed. By 2050 they will be retired and it will no longer be their problem. How can we trust politicians if they don’t take action on this issue now – when in the future they won’t even be in power to deal with the consequences?
The National 23rd June 2019 read more »