Let's analyse the name 'Extinction Rebellion'
Extinction - meaning - In biology, extinction is the termination of a kind of organism or of a group or species. The moment of extinction is generally considered to be the death of the last individual of the species, although the capacity to breed and recover may have been lost before this point.
Not a bad summation is it?
Rebellion, - meaning - An uprising, or insurrection. It is a refusal of obedience or order. and refers to the open resistance against the orders of established authority.
Thus, by definition Extinction Rebellion is Rebelling against the Extinction of a species (the human species?)
A rebellion originates from a sentiment of indignation and disapproval of a situation and then manifests itself by the refusal to submit or to obey the authority responsible for this situation.
I have no problem with the above ethos.
But consider this - In political terms, rebellion and revolt are differentiated by their different aims.
Rebellion generally seeks to evade and/or gain concessions from an oppressive power.
I am not of the opinion that HM Government is, yet, an oppressive power. Though many of the Tory manifestos have actually repressed the poor in our land. But, in essence, we are not yet under the yoke of a truly repressive Gmnt.
Revolution seeks to overthrow and destroy that power, as well as its accompanying laws. Revolution is the usurpation of the politics of the land.
Is the disruption today in our major cities tantamount to overthrowing power and it's accompanying laws? Well, it is against the power of Mr & Mrs. Joe Public to go about their lawful business. It completely effed up some friends of mine whos journey to London Hospital was interrupted. It stopped an ambulance in its tracks. It led to vehicles at a standstill pouring more noxious fumes into the air to add to the aroma of incense and patchouli oil.
E.R’s demands are as follows
1/ Tell the truth
"The government must tell the truth by declaring a climate and ecological emergency, working with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change."
Seems to me that most governments accept we have an emergency (except Trump of course!) and as regards to 'working with other institutions' well, we were before some nutters decided to leave the EU.
2 / Act Now
"The government must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2025.'
I agree with #2 and, to my mind governments ARE acting, albeit slowly. But to get to zero in five years? Totally unachievable unless we want to force ourselves back to the middle ages!
3/ Beyond Politics
The government must create and be led by the decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice.
Ah, a Citizens' Assembly. It makes me think of an old TV show 'Citizen Smith'. Let me say here that I have been involved with politics, attended demonstrations, AND served in the forces. Let me tell you what a citizen can achieve ... ready? Eff All.
Ever so slowly our governments are coming to the realization that SMBD (Something Must Be Done). Indeed, popular opinion has rushed up to meet them and things are slowly changing. Not quick enough though.
In conclusion, I agree with the principles of 'Extinction Rebellion' but NOT their methodology. For every protestor out on the streets in an attempt to bring chaos to a city more than five others are affected. Thus if there are 5,000 protesters then 25,000 innocent people have to suffer the consequences. Most of these 25,000 will agree with the aims of 'Extinction Rebellion' but they certainly will not agree with their methods.
I heard a quote from one of the protestors on the news this morning - it went as follows
"If we don't do something we're all going to die."
Well, I hate to disabuse this person BUT we're all going to die regardless of E.R's mass disruption of our streets.
In conclusion, I would suggest that E.R's name should be changed to Extinction Revolution. I would also suggest the common man agrees that SMBD. But not by bringing chaos to the many people who actually share their views and I wholeheartedly accept the extreme danger of climate change. QED