Is this what democracy looks like?
by Tom Brook
What's Going On Here?
The Extinction Rebellion 'International Rebellion' started on Monday - forcing the climate change debate to the forefront of public awareness. Curious Earth spent a few hours this week mingling with activists in London.
Who Are These Guys?
Far from being tree-huggers, hippies or fringe-groups, we were struck by the normality - the ordinariness - of the people involved. We met a scientist, a computer programmer, a PR exec, a recruiter from a multinational corporation, ops staff from NGOs, and countless others.
In fact, most protestors were empathetic about bothering the public, but the message seemed to be: if you think blocking a road causes outrageous inconvenience, boy are you in for a shock when climate chaos engulfs the planet. I don't know about you but we think they've got a point.
Why Should We Care?
Late into the evening, a quiet man in his 50s or 60s wearing a fleece and wooly hate and sipping tea from a thermos flask sat next to us holding a placard. It read:
“I’m here for the young people I love – Ruth, Pete, Sophia, Sam, Ellie, Mabel, Rebecca, Fay, Caitlin, Jamie, Joe, Louis, Oliver, Noah, Max, Sophie, Ryan, Tom, Pippa, Lois, Holly, Michael, James, Ellie, Emily, Simon, Jess, Tess, Roz, Eleanor - I want a bright future”.
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