Daniel Halliday
Apr 17 · Last update 6 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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Justified but may prompt negative reactions

The Extinction rebelling protests were wholly justified in both their intention and their non-violent methods of civil disobedience in an effort to break the cycle of politicians turning a blind eye to the most important issue facing this generation. However the reaction of many in London was to blame the efficacy of the protests on London’s Metropolitan police force's failure to curb the protest effectively, the "Met" are in turn calling for tougher penalties against similar future protest movements. Regardless of the morality of such protests they may also lead to a backlash that challenges freedom of speech and Londoner’s right to protest, at a time when it matters the most.

theguardian.com/environment/2019/may/24/police-take-hardline-on-arrested-extinction-rebellion-protesters

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Alienating ethnic minorities and working class people

Many people have criticised the marginalisation of working class, black and Asian communities in London’s extinction rebellion protests, attempting to maximise arrests almost as a gimmick while black and brown people face higher risks of arrest and of fatal interactions in police custody. Extinction rebellion have failed to address the large scale of climate change also, instead concentrating on national policy in the UK, whereas climate change will affect everyone in the world and is currently effecting the global south, the prominent home of the poorer black and brown peoples. Internationalism, anti-racism and greater equality for all in societies are all going to have to be the solution to Climate Change and the most vulnerable members of those societies should not be left out of the conversation moving forward.

news.yahoo.com/people-colour-most-impacted-climate-090455167.html

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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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