Author: Matilda Martin

Extinction Rebellion’s latest actions have ripped the lid off a Pandora’s box of issues
Climate and Environment, Politics, UK Politics

Extinction Rebellion’s latest actions have ripped the lid off a Pandora’s box of issues

Extinction Rebellion has always been criticised for its lack of diversity. Their very policy of striking is supported by people who can afford to possibly lose their job or not work, meaning that they have always risked being out of touch with those less fortunate. Image Credit: Alexander Savin via Wikimedia Commons Their stint on the tube on Thursday shows just how much of a gap in understanding, as well as an ignorance, still exists within the group. Early in the morning, a protester decided to sit on the top of a tube carriage at Canning Town station, one of the poorest areas of London. For many people here, their jobs are their lifeline and they cannot risk tardiness. It seems that this particular staging was not even thought through, with many taking to twitter yesterd...
To tackle the climate crisis, the West should learn from the world’s indigenous populations
Climate and Environment

To tackle the climate crisis, the West should learn from the world’s indigenous populations

Since the beginnings of the industrial revolution, the West has been pumping chemicals and carbon into the atmosphere, as well as destroying the landscapes and livelihoods of indigenous peoples around the world. We have become used to our gluttonous lifestyles and the luxury they bring.  Image Credit: Dikshajhingan via Wikimedia Commons Today, we talk about a world that is post-colonial, with the West having withdrawn itself physically from many of the countries it once occupied.  However, I would argue that the West has continued its colonialism, not as directly as before, but more remotely, in the form of the continued - and until recently, subtle - destruction of the earth’s resources and its people. The full effects and consequences of the climate crisis h...
<strong></strong>The climate events you need to know about this Autumn
Climate and Environment

The climate events you need to know about this Autumn

In June of this year, Britain became the first country to declare a climate emergency. Since then, nature seems yet again to have taken a back-bench against other issues such as Brexit. It is very easy to lose hope in the face of a government which isn’t prioritising such an enormous crisis. I’ve put together a series of events to keep your eye on this Autumn which you can get involved with — whether in person or remotely — to maintain pressure on the government to act now. Global Climate Strike — 20th September, Worldwide On Friday 20th September this year, school children will strike yet again. Only this time, they are inviting people of all ages to leave work and “demand an end to the age of fossil fuels”. These incredible strikes began with Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-ol...