Skip to comments.Extinction Rebellion isnít about the Climate
Posted on 10/21/2019 1:47:08 PM PDT by Mount Athos
Yes, yes, I know. The climate is breaking down. Its urgent. An emergency. Weve only got a few years left to fix it.
Indeed, we wont fix it. Weather patterns will become increasingly unstable and unpredictable, and the effects it will soon have on how humans around the world grow food will be devastating, likely causing harvests to fail across entire continents and food prices to sky-rocket. Millions have already suffered due to the amplified instability. Were facing imminent societal collapse (whatever that means), both around the world and in the UK. All of our lives are soon going to radically change. None of this is particularly controversial. When a bus is driving with a certain momentum towards a person, it gets clearer and clearer that it will hit the person. After a certain point, its inevitable. And thats where we stand now, with regards to the momentum of climatic change. The bus is about to hit us. Our lives are about to change. Its not clear whether or not well survive (as a species). Many species have already been run over. Two hundred species each and every day go extinct.
Ive been with Extinction Rebellion (XR) from the start. I was one of the 15 people in April 2018 who came together and made the collective decision to try to create the conditions that would initiate a rebellion. I was a coordinator of one of the original five working groups, and Ive been organising with XR day-and-night since then (frugally living off my savings so I dont have to work, having quit an industry that paid me £1000/week). And Ive been in RisingUp (the organisation from which XR has emerged) since the first RisingUp action in November 2016. Im a RisingUp Holding Group member, and a member of the XR Guardianship Team.
And for the sake of transparency: that previous paragraph is all about me pulling rank Im trying to convince you to listen to what I have to say
And Im here to say that XR isnt about the climate. You see, the climates breakdown is a symptom of a toxic system of that has infected the ways we relate to each other as humans and to all life. This was exacerbated when European civilisation was spread around the globe through cruelty and violence (especially) over the last 600 years of colonialism, although the roots of the infections go much further back.
As Europeans spread their toxicity around the world, they brought torture, genocide, carnage and suffering to the ends of the earth. Their cultural myths justified the horrors, such as the idea that indigenous people were animals (not humans), and therefore God had given us dominion over them. This was used to justify a multi-continent-wide genocide of tens of millions of people. The coming of the scientific era saw this intensify, as the world around us was increasingly seen as dead matter just sitting there waiting for us to exploit it and use it up. Were now using it up faster than ever.
Euro-Americans violently imposed and taught dangerous delusions that they used to justify the exploitation and reinforced our dominance, while silencing worldviews that differed or challenged them. The UKs hand in this was enormous, as can be seen by the size of the former British empire, and the dominance of the English language around the world. There is stark evidence that everyday racial bias continues in Britain, now, today. Its worth naming some of these constructed delusions that have been coded into societies and institutions around the world: The delusion of white-supremacy centres whiteness and the experience of white people, constructing and perpetuating the myth that white people and their lives are somehow inherently better and more valuable than people of colour. The delusion of patriarchy centres the male experience, and excludes/hinders female assigned people from public life (reducing them to a possession or object for ownership or consumption). Patriarchy teaches dominating and competitive behaviours, and emphasises the idea that the world is a place of scarcity, separation and powerlessness.
The delusions of Eurocentrism include the notion that Europeans know what is best for the world. The delusions of hetero-sexism/heteronormativity propagate the idea that heterosexuality is normal and that other expressions of sexuality are deviant. The delusions of class hierarchy uphold the theory that the rich elite are better/smarter/nobler than the rest of us, and make therefore better decisions. There are other delusions. These delusions have become ingrained in all of us, taught to us from a very young age.
None of these delusions have ended, although some of the arguments that supported them (e.g. phrenology) have been dispelled. They continue to play out through each of us, in our ways of relating, regardless of our identity. The current pride in the history of the British empire, or the idea that the USA is on the side of good, continues to enable neo-colonialism in 2019, taking the form of palm-oil plantations, resources wars, and the parasitical financial sector, to name but a few. The task of Extinction Rebellion is to dispel these delusions. We need to cure the causes of the infection, not just alleviate the symptoms. To focus on the climates breakdown (the symptom) without focusing attention on these toxic delusions (the causes) is a form a denialism. Worse, its a racist and sexist form of denialism, that takes away from the necessary focus of the need for all of us to de-colonise our selves.
My ancestors are European, some of whom claimed to own people as slaves. There are black people with the name Basden in the Americas, and I have begun to mobilise my (white) family to make contact in order to seek to pay reparations.
However, my own accountability cannot be fully paid through this. The insanity* of the mind of the coloniser continues today. It continues in the extraction of fossil fuels, minerals and water from the earth. It continues in deforestation and industrial agriculture. It continues in a callous culture of consumption, which intensifies each Christmas. It continues in evictions and deportations. It continues in the ways of relating to those around us that perpetuate separation and division.
The result is isolation, pain and suffering. The result can be felt at the individual level in the endemic levels of loneliness and mental-health illness. It can be felt at the community level in the theft of land for plunder and profit by largely-European-and-US-based banks and corporations. And it can be felt at the global level in the polluting of our air and oceans.
So Extinction Rebellion isnt about the climate. Its not even about climate justice**, although that is also important. If we only talk about the climate, were missing the deeper problems plaguing our culture. And if we dont excise the cause of the infection, we can never hope to heal from it.
This article is calling to all of those who are involved in XR who sometimes slip into saying its a climate movement. Its a call to the American rebels who made a banner saying CLIMATE extinction rebellion. Its a call to the XR Media & Messaging teams to never get sloppy with the messaging and reduce it to climate issues. Its a call to the XR community to never say were a climate movement. Because were not. Were a Rebellion. And were rebelling to highlight and heal from the insanity that is leading to our extinction. Now tell the truth and act like it.
“Woe, woe, and thrice woe.”
Kill yourself then
The lunacy of these folks is beyond belief.
They aren’t satisfied living in their own delusion
they want YOU to live it too.
Its about selling lots of tee shirts and super glue!......
This was some of the same logic that buttressed the claim in the 1960s, that we were nearing the point of mass starvation, because the planet just couldn’t support the levels of human life that were coming soon.
Hand wringers are wearisome group.
Please stop exhaling and emitting CO2
You will actually lose IQ points reading this infantile hysteric narcissistic blather by Stuart Basden
The issue is never the issue; the issue is always the revolution.
They prefer that you die.
This is what universal basic income will get you.
More of this drek and insurrectionists from losers who want to crash the world.
Where are the men in white coats when we need them most?
1st Earth Day 1970 quotes.
1. Harvard biologist George Wald estimated that civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.
2. We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human habitation, wrote Washington University biologist Barry Commoner in the Earth Day issue of the scholarly journal Environment.
3. The day after the first Earth Day, the New York Times editorial page warned, Man must stop pollution and conserve his resources, not merely to enhance existence but to save the race from intolerable deterioration and possible extinction.
4. Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make, Paul Ehrlich confidently declared in the April 1970 issue of Mademoiselle. The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.
5. Most of the people who are going to die in the greatest cataclysm in the history of man have already been born, wrote Paul Ehrlich in a 1969 essay titled Eco-Catastrophe! By  some experts feel that food shortages will have escalated the present level of world hunger and starvation into famines of unbelievable proportions. Other experts, more optimistic, think the ultimate food-population collision will not occur until the decade of the 1980s.
6. Ehrlich sketched out his most alarmist scenario for the 1970 Earth Day issue of The Progressive, assuring readers that between 1980 and 1989, some 4 billion people, including 65 million Americans, would perish in the Great Die-Off.
7. It is already too late to avoid mass starvation, declared Denis Hayes, the chief organizer for Earth Day, in the Spring 1970 issue of The Living Wilderness.
8. Peter Gunter, a North Texas State University professor, wrote in 1970, Demographers agree almost unanimously on the following grim timetable: by 1975 widespread famines will begin in India; these will spread by 1990 to include all of India, Pakistan, China and the Near East, Africa. By the year 2000, or conceivably sooner, South and Central America will exist under famine conditions .By the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine.
9. In January 1970, Life reported, Scientists have solid experimental and theoretical evidence to support the following predictions: In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half .
10. Ecologist Kenneth Watt told Time that, At the present rate of nitrogen buildup, its only a matter of time before light will be filtered out of the atmosphere and none of our land will be usable.
11. Barry Commoner predicted that decaying organic pollutants would use up all of the oxygen in Americas rivers, causing freshwater fish to suffocate.
12. Paul Ehrlich chimed in, predicting in 1970 that air pollution is certainly going to take hundreds of thousands of lives in the next few years alone. Ehrlich sketched a scenario in which 200,000 Americans would die in 1973 during smog disasters in New York and Los Angeles.
13. Paul Ehrlich warned in the May 1970 issue of Audubon that DDT and other chlorinated hydrocarbons may have substantially reduced the life expectancy of people born since 1945. Ehrlich warned that Americans born since 1946 now had a life expectancy of only 49 years, and he predicted that if current patterns continued this expectancy would reach 42 years by 1980, when it might level out. (Note: According to the most recent CDC report, life expectancy in the US is 78.8 years).
14. Ecologist Kenneth Watt declared, By the year 2000, if present trends continue, we will be using up crude oil at such a rate that there wont be any more crude oil. Youll drive up to the pump and say, `Fill er up, buddy, and hell say, `I am very sorry, there isnt any.’
15. Harrison Brown, a scientist at the National Academy of Sciences, published a chart in Scientific American that looked at metal reserves and estimated the humanity would totally run out of copper shortly after 2000. Lead, zinc, tin, gold, and silver would be gone before 1990.
16. Sen. Gaylord Nelson wrote in Look that, Dr. S. Dillon Ripley, secretary of the Smithsonian Institute, believes that in 25 years, somewhere between 75 and 80 percent of all the species of living animals will be extinct.
17. In 1975, Paul Ehrlich predicted that since more than nine-tenths of the original tropical rainforests will be removed in most areas within the next 30 years or so, it is expected that half of the organisms in these areas will vanish with it.
18. Kenneth Watt warned about a pending Ice Age in a speech. The world has been chilling sharply for about twenty years, he declared. If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age.\
Get the government out of farming and watch how efficient the country can grow food. Get the fake news media out of weather and see the weather improve.
Mr Badsen. Do you seriously belive the world to which the Erupeons expanded did not already have carnage, torture,.and genocide?
Or are you,as I suspect you are, an brazen purveyor of poisonous falsehoods directed to the weakminded, poorly educated, and desperately susceptable young people of the western world?
What happened to the Neanderthal?
Is the answer to that, Cro-Magnon?
Where did the American Indians come from and which species in America did they displace?
Why does any of this matter except as a point of interest?
These prolix commies are tiresome.
If this dope is looking for someone to “pay reparations” to, I’ll claim that My 12th generation great grandfather was exploited by the English and I’ll take the payments in USD or British Pounds.
I see he’s mobilizing his family to pay reparations. He’s not, of course, he’s too important to waste his own resources to pay reparations.
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