The Extinction Rebellion is disconnected from most people’s views on climate change, infers John Davidson of The Federalist. This was exemplified when its protesters blocked a subway train in London, and were pulled away and roughed up by a crowd of commuters. Forcing everyday people to do something by disrupting their routine is not a way to get positive change. In general, this movement seeks to slow climate change while ignoring that ‘dirty’ energy provides economic growth needed to lift the lower classes out of poverty. Until the Extinction Rebellion finds a solution to this problem it will remain unpopular and unable to achieve its goals.
Recent climate reports show that global warming is becoming a serious threat to humanity. The Extinction Rebellion understands how dangerous it is and is taking proportionate action, suggests David Wallace-Wells of New York Magazine. The time to remain calm is over. Drastic action is needed in such drastic times. Until now, country leaders have made empty promises that remain unfulfilled. For example, Canada’s Justin Trudeau, who often speaks out against climate change, recently approved a major new oil pipeline. The Extinction Rebellion protests are off-putting, but politeness can’t be the priority if we want to save our planet.