Daniel Halliday
Apr 17 ยท Last update 1 mo. ago.
Are the climate change protests in London justified?
In a city teetering on the edge of unthinkable economic change, should protests that directly attack transport, diverting police resources, and openly effecting the efficacy of the logistics and all commuters in central London really be happening? Is this the best time to be setting such ambitious climate change goals? Is such widespread disruption caused by the "Extinction Rebellion" protests justified in such economically unsure times, or are protesters damaging the cause of tackling climate change?
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No, they are alienate the majority from this issue
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Yes, this problem is too big to carry on ignoring
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No, they are alienate the majority from this issue

These protesters have made their point and the protest has gone on long enough, to continue will just further alienate the majority of people, especially the working class. Protests such as this one get in the way of commuters, city workers, and emergency services, the choice of Westminster Bridge in particular could be dangerous, making it difficult for people trying to access Guys and St Thomas Hospital to the south. In addition this protest is forcing traffic to sit immobile, contributing more to emissions and therefore is itself boosting climate change.

telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/04/18/extinction-rebellion-protesters-alienating-workers-may-otherwise/?playlist=structure:news/uk-news

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Yes, this problem is too big to carry on ignoring

Thousands of people have taken to the streets of London to protest the lack of cohesive climate change policy in the UK, peacefully blocking numerous landmarks in the country's capital, causing widespread disruption. The monumental scale of climate change, and the failure of the UK's government to adequately address the issue, makes this the most important issue facing everyone on the plant and future generations, therefore all such protest movements are justified. Peaceful acts of civil disobedience such as this raise awareness and help people make more environmentally friendly personal choices, both by force in this instance and by raising awareness in the wider context. theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/16/extinction-rebellion-climate-protesters-disrupt-london-rail-tube-lines-blockade-landmarks

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