Extinction Rebellion: ‘Unless you’re Donald Trump, there is no doubt climate change is caused by carbon emissions’

Extinction Rebellion: ‘Unless you’re Donald Trump, there is no doubt climate change is caused by carbon emissions’

Protesters blocking the road in London. Image: James Perkins.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

A spokesman for climate change campaign group Extinction Rebellion has said that “unless you are Donald Trump” there is no doubt climate change is caused by carbon emissions “pumped out” by humans.

The group group that is encouraging civil disobedience across the UK, including suggesting protesters create blockades in the roads to disrupt traffic.

On Saturday, the group blocked five bridges in London causing major disruption, and the group plans to continue these “swarming” blockades through the week and into December.

George Barda told talkRADIO’s Mike Graham: “This is not about blaming individuals for a problem, this is about recognising the powers-that-be are hugely influenced by powerful interests such as the fossil fuel industry.”

“Unless you are Donald Trump, there is no meaningful doubt that climate change is caused by the enormous amount of carbon we are pumping out in the atmosphere.”

Mr Barda added that climate change was not an issue to be “put off for our grandchildren”.

“Many people have woken up in the last couple of years to the sheer cascade of disasters across the world,” he said.  

“This is not some problem we can put off for our grandchildren. This is something that is happening across the world to hundreds of millions of people in the form of droughts, floods and typhoons.”

 

'Take our children's futures seriously' 

Mike Graham suggested it may be “a bit harsh” to blame people driving across Lambeth Bridge.

“It is a bit harsh blaming people driving across Lambeth Bridge though isn’t it George?” he asked.

Mr Barda said: “It is absolutely not their fault. Personally, and as a movement, we do not want to be disrupting people’s already busy, stressful lives.

“Especially in an economic environment where people get hit for not making their delivery on time.

“We absolutely do not want to be doing this but the fact of the matter is that the Government has talked about this issue as if they take our children’s futures seriously for the last 25 years.

“Over that time, they have not moved us in the right direction at the speed that the science requires, we have actually amplified the problem.

“These governments get together every single year and they talk about taking climate change seriously and the carbon emissions are up 60% over those 25 years.”

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