“Leave your desk. Invite your boss. Walk out of school. Switch off the TV. Put down your phone. Get on the streets. And bring everybody.”
Tourists and workers on Wall Street on Monday were met by a jarring spectacle: protesters, some lying in pools of fake blood outside the New York Stock Exchange, some dancing and others chanting, all to call attention to people killed by climate-related disease and disaster.
As usual, the NYT subtly sides with the powers that be, corporations and neoliberals, by down-talking the protest. Democracy Now! reports a total of 700 arrested the first day, 300 in London and “only” 90 in New York City; 90 is not a shabby number. 60 cities are taking part in the protests, which are scheduled to last two weeks.
Here is the lead to the story in the NYT: “The provocative climate group is trying to disrupt the city, hoping for the success it has had in London and elsewhere in Europe.” I see this as a negative comment. Notice the use of language: trying to disrupt, hoping for success. These are subtle ways of undermining what Extinction Rebellion is about. It is not a competition. It is not a sporting event with groups winning or losing: “It is our sacred duty to rebel in order to protect our homes, our future, and the future of all life on Earth,” is how Extinction Rebellion describes their work.
People are detained while participating in a direct action with a group protest organization called Extinction Rebellion on April 17, 2019 in New York City. The activists are demanding governments declare a climate emergency to combat pollution. (Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
‘Get On the Streets. And Bring Everybody’: Extinction Rebellion Kicks Off Two Weeks of Global Action
“We only get one planet and so we’re here to try and defend it.”
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Excerpt: “We only get one planet and so we’re here to try and defend it.”