We need to disrupt your day with climate protests so you sit up and take notice
There is a 99 per cent scientific consensus that climate change is real and driven by humans. If 99 per cent of doctors said you would get severely ill without medication, wouldnt you take it?
This is the level of response we need to the scale of the emergency we are in: instant medicine.
But this medicine is not being administered. This is why groups like Extinction Rebellion, of which I am a member, are protesting and causing disruption.
Civil disobedience works – we didnt just invent this.
The Extinction Rebellion UK Boycott Fashion team took to the streets this past week to highlight the polluting nature of the fashion industry at London Fashion Week, arguing that we cannot celebrate fashion when its contributing to the mass destruction of our world.
Five of our activists in white dresses and bleeding hearts glued themselves to the main entrance of the London Fashion Week trade show. We also staged a funeral as a finale to make a point.
Weve laid down in busy roads to block Pembroke Dock Valero. Thousands of us bought the capital to a standstill this spring.
Cathedrals got cordoned off, shopping malls were occupied. All of which, I found, was mostly met with much disapproval from the police – and even some bystanders who would prefer to not have the disruption.
But we did it all for your own good.
People are giving up their liberty for this cause, with 1000 people being arrested alone in our April protest. Again, our members were arrested for the Heathrow Pause.
Protesters gathered to fly drones in the no fly-zone at the airport – over emissions and proposed expansion – and again, not everyone was pleased.
Disruption works, as it did with Martin Luther King Jr and what he did for the civil rights movement. It did with Gandhi for Indian independence and the Suffragettes for womens rights.
They caused disruption, stuck to their principles and it led to immense change. Demonstrations and protests are taking place now, in your hometown, your country.
It has been said that history will remember the Pause activists kindly and I suspect that is right.
Non-violent disruption can be one of the few things that actually does work to create social change.
Weve campaigned for a while to wake people up to climate change, although many did it by themselves last autumn when the IPCC released the 1.5C Warming report. It revealed how extreme weather will rage around the planet if we stay on the current trajectory of warming.
It also indicated just how unlikely it is that we will meet targets to keep below 1.5C warming.
Thats not my opinion, or something I feel strongly about. Its a fact as true as the fact that your heart pumps blood around your body.
And its not the only terrifying statistic. We are heading towards mass species extinction: a million species could be wiped out by 2100, as alarming carbon levels in the oceans already suggest by that year marine life will be at dangerously low levels.
Mass displacement of people is occurring globally and climate refugees will be the new norm – as of June this year, 49,000 people in Somalia had been displaced because of drought.
Ipsos MORI found that 85 per cent of people are concerned about climate change.
People appear to be more receptive to listening to experts than politicians are, as a recent ComRes survey found that 71 per cent of Britons want the government to focus on climate crisis over Brexit. Yet, we are yet to see this reflected in the political agenda.