Opinion: Thank you, Extinction Rebellion, for making me late to work

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Presenter Iain Lee says he is grateful to climate change activists, despite their London protests making him late for work. These are his views and not talkRADIO's.

It took me an extra 45 minutes to get into work. Much longer than usual.

I have to say Extinction Rebellion, it was a small, minor inconvenience that I can put up with in my life if it brings more attention to the fact that we are rapidly destroying this planet.

I would like to say thank you to every brave soul that is out there under the Extinction Rebellion banner today that is not getting paid for work, or taking paid holiday, or risking arrest to bring attention to the governments of the world - and the citizens of the world - that we are killing this planet.

We are destroying it. The science is out there. You can dispute it if you want, but the science is real.

Thank you to everyone who has been arrested in an attempt to make sure my kids and grandkids have got water to drink, food to eat and a planet to live on.

I'm not going to resort to the lazy clichés calling you dirty hippies and saying you should all get jobs; I know a load of you have got jobs.

I wish I were as brave as you to go out and protest.

And I know the protests are slightly problematic. What if someone needs to get to hospital in an emergency? What about the people going for radiotherapy?

What about, what about, what about.

Protests are inconvenient. Whatever the protest, whatever the strike, it's always inconvenient and there will be people who suffer more than others.

I genuinely think that the good you are doing outweighs the bad, and there is some bad.

Extinction Rebellion, thank you very much.

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