Climate protests cause chaos in 60 cities

Moment of truth: In London, activists targeted 12 sites including Westminster Bridge and London City Airport. © Getty

Are Extinction Rebellion protestors heroes? All week long, they have disrupted city centres around the world. They say it is the only way to save our future. But many disagree.

What’s happening

Extinction Rebellion has declared a two-week International Rebellion, which started on Monday. In 60 cities across the world, climate protesters seized control of major roads and government buildings. Hundreds of activists were arrested by police for causing huge disruption.

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Extinction Rebellion is a non-violent protest group that is fighting against the climate crisis. They use civil disobedience to put pressure on governments to agree to their demands, which include reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2025.

By 8am on the first day of protest in London, over 20 people had been arrested. Dozens more were arrested in cities like Amsterdam in the Netherlands and in Sydney, Australia, as the protesters chained themselves to cars, and chained their bodies to the roads.

While most people agree with Extinction Rebellion that we need to tackle the climate crisis, some are angry about the way that it is protesting. By blocking the roads, protestors are stopping people from getting to work and living their lives.

Should we support Extinction Rebellion?

Some say…

No. The public supports the climate battle, so it is unfair of Extinction Rebellion to punish other people by disrupting their lives. It could stop people from rushing to emergencies. By deliberately causing trouble and wasting police time, the group will turn the public against it and damage the climate fight.

Others think…

Yes. Those activists on the street are the only ones who see how serious the crisis is: politicians’ words are not enough. Our governments must slash carbon emissions now, or our planet is heading for disaster. We should all be supporting Extinction Rebellion and doing what we can to help the environment.

You Decide

  1. Do you support Extinction Rebellion?

Activities

  1. Write a short poem to planet Earth.

Some People Say...

“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty.”

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), American writer and philosopher

What do you think?

Word Watch

Seized
Taken control of by force.
Activists
Protesters.
Disruption
When disorder interrupts the smooth running of things.
Civil disobedience
When you refuse to obey certain laws as a type of protest.
Net-zero carbon emissions
Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas, which makes the climate crisis worse. If we reach net-zero, we would be getting rid of as much carbon as we release.
Deliberately
On purpose.

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