This week environmental protest group Extinction Rebellion,with the help of veteran broadcaster David Attenborough, has pushed the issue of climate change to the top of the news agenda. One section of society, however, are conspicuous by their absence, both in terms of those involved in the direct action and in the way we’re talking about the climate crisis: people of colour. Unfortunately, this is nothing new for the environmental movement. In 2015 at a climate march in London, the Wretched of the Earth bloc – made up of indigenous, black and brown people on the frontlines of climate change – was replaced by a group of people dressed in animal headgear. They were told their anti-capitalist, anti-colonial message wasn’t “positive” enough, and their demand for the recognition that communities across the global south are “the first to die, the first to fight” from climate impacts was censored. We’ll tell you what’s true. You can form your own view. From 15p €0.18 $0.18 USD 0.27 a day, more exclusives, analysis and extras. Subscribe now In the case of Extinction Rebellion, history is now repeating itself. Over the past week the group has staged creative direct actions and takeovers of key London sites – which is critical for escalating the urgency with which climate change is tackled. Central to their mission, however, is a strategy of mass arrests. “Arrests aren’t happening quickly enough”, said Extinction Rebellion’s co-founder Roger Hallam during protests last November. During this round of actions, over 700 arrests had been made at… [Read full story]
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