Breaking the law may be next for climate control
HOW to push green issues up the political agenda is a question that has exercised environmentalists for decades. Do dark warnings about carbon emissions and the need to protect forests and oceans, motivate people to act, or scare them off?
Opinion is divided, as events of the past week have illustrated. In advance of his latest wildlife television series, Dynasties, David Attenborough said at the weekend that too many warnings about endangered species are a “real turn-off”. A few days earlier, the activist group Extinction Rebellion launched a campaign of civil disobedience by
Civil disobedience is the final option for activists
demanding a zero-carbon economy by 2025. Writing in advance of a protest in London where 15 people arrested, Green MEP Molly Scott Cato said she and others have been driven to break the law after spending years of being ignored. Elected politicians, goes the argument, have failed, as have businesses and other organisations including environmental charities. Carbon emissions and biodiversity loss are out of control. The “unimaginable horrors” of unchecked warming and habitat destruction mean more radical tactics that are morally justified by protesters.