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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...
<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...
Climate change wasn't my priority. Then I met extinction rebellion.
Climate and Environment

Climate change wasn't my priority. Then I met extinction rebellion.

“The world is dying”.  Such a broad statement, until a few months ago, irked me. It seemed to neglect the complexity of the balance between economic and climate wellbeing. It was the talk of dreadlocked hippies with little grasp on the “real world”. I used such skepticism to justify an apathetic view on the issue: I was aware of climate change, I was aware of the obscure, fabled 2o rise in global temperature, I just struggled to engage with the issue enough to make me really care. Yet as I ventured further into research on the subject, a creeping realisation of the extent of the climate crisis dawned on me. It was a rude awakening when, after attending my first “Youth Strike 4 Climate”, I realised that hyperbole on climate change is impossible. This apparently subtle shift in atti...