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Protesters cited the need for more urgent climate action.
One told Sky News that they had to take more drastic action like blocking the bridges because other protests, marches, and letters to Members of Parliament had not achieved measurable progress.
“Nothing is being done of any real significance,” she said. “Our demand is the government must tell the truth about the crisis we’re in. And that includes working with communities to build resilience.” They are specifically targeting cars in an effort to get more Londoners to use mass transit, according to the BBC.
The BBC also reported that the Extinction Rebellion, which launched last year, has since then organized smaller protests that poured buckets of fake blood outside Downing Street, blockaded the BBC and stripped semi-naked in Parliament.
The three demands of the Extinction Rebellion are: for the government to “tell the truth about climate change”, to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2025, and to create a citizens’ assembly to oversee progress. The citizens’ assembly is a key component of their campaign. One of the founders of the organization told the BBC, “Let’s have people decide what matters most to them, is it the health and safety and the ability to feed their own kids or does it matter to them that they carry on having holidays and meat?”
Protesters have said these demonstrations and disruptions could go on for days or even weeks. The Extinction Rebellion organized similar protests in November of last year. Similar protests were held in 33 cities around the world.
Why This Matters: As if things were not enough of a mess in Britain already with the Brexit crisis, now, days of protests are bringing parts of London to a standstill. But, if you think this couldn’t happen here, think again. There were small Extinction Rebellion protests in several U.S. cities, including Washington, D.C., yesterday, and in Denver today they are holding a “funeral for the Earth.” There is a U.S. Chapter of the Extinction Rebellion, and many major cities have chapters as well. Extinction Rebellion protesters were arrested outside the Republican National Committee yesterday. There is a radical left of the climate movement, and it is not Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
A new, nationwide public opinion survey conducted by Yale from April 7–17 found that a record-tying 73% of Americans think global warming is happening and only 10% deny it, but most believe it is happening to others and not to them.
Why This Matters: The pollsters expected they would find that because the public is so concerned about the pandemic that they would not have the ability to maintain their concern about climate change — a theory that social scientists call the “finite pool of worry.” But that was not the case.
Cornell University’s Board of Trustees announced on Friday that the University will make no new investments in fossil fuels, and it is believed that they have been divesting of their previous investments for several years, though the details of their endowment are not public.
Why This Matters: The climate movement has been led by young people and one easy focus of their activism is the universities they attend.
When the coronavirus crisis first began, climate activists were hopeful that political leaders could manage the outbreak while simultaneously keeping their commitments to climate action. But the cost of the COVID-19 response on state budgets has been profound and there’s a fear that environmental programs will be cut as governors grapple with staggering budget shortfalls. […]
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