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kuhla, April 22 in Serious Discussions
I'm not sure that's the most appropriate video - he's a satirist and while he's being semi-serious I don't like getting my news and viewpoints entirely from satire.
I agree the extinction rebellion are causing some disruption, and blocking bridges into London (https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-46247339) as well as more "standard" style protests at the natural history museums and in oxford square (https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-48011838)(https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-47997531?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.com/news/topics/c344m14wgy7t).
I appreciate a few elements of these protests, namely they have clear and concise goals, something that many protests lack. I also agree that their cause is just, as climate change is a serious global threat with very little government buy in. I would also like to see a two pronged approach including both disruptive protests and active political engagement like supporting/grading politicians based on their positions and voting record for climate change. I think many protestors are under the false assumption that protests alone are capable of spurring political change - I think it requires more than simply disrupting London roadways for a handful of days.
You also need to take into account this graph: https://www.climatewatchdata.org/ghg-emissions?breakBy=location&source=32&version=2
China is currently the major issue regarding pollution, and while I think it's admirable that the US and EU are moving towards cleaner energy, we'd need to see China adopt this type of mentality as well in order to see real meaningful change. This could be a topic for the EU parliament to work jointly with the US and other countries to impose sanctions on China (and worldwide) unless they agree to curb emissions and meet certain targets.
6 minutes ago, Malaphax said:
Agreed on all points.
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