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By introducing tactics of direct action and digital mobilisation, Fridays for Future and Extinction Rebellion have renewed the climate movement and accelerated climate action.
Yacef Saadi (R), military leader of the FLN National Liberation Front networks of the autonomous zone of Algiers, poses after being captured at the end of the “Battle of Algiers”.
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The film showed how a country can win militarily, but still lose the battle for ‘hearts and minds’.
Insulate Britain activists block the A41 roundabout between Watford and Kings Langley.
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Climate activists don’t have to be popular to achieve their goals.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he is ‘listening’ to a woman quietly holding a climate action sign outside parliament. But politicians have a vested interest in downplaying disruptive protests.
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Climate hypocrisy matters for governments – but not individuals.
Symbolic gesture or assertion of state power? Declaring a climate ‘emergency’ walks a fine line between hopeful rhetoric and risk to democracy.
Journalists are better at covering the climate crisis but there’s still room for improvement.
Members of the citizens’ assembly on climate change on their first weekend of discussions in Birmingham, January 2020.
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Ordinary British people proposed bolder climate measures than anything politicians have so far dared to suggest.
Activists dress in blue to raise awareness of marine species extinctions.
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Extinction Rebellion’s ‘apolitical’ stance deprives it of allies, and leaves the movement vulnerable to co-option.
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An ecological economist involved in the new bill backed by Extinction Rebellion explains why it is needed for a safe and just future.
Earth Day 2020 in Guangzhou, China.
Thousands of Americans took part in the first Earth Day 50 years ago. What has changed since then?
Not an official Extinction Rebellion poster.
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Extinction Rebellion impostors have called humans ‘a disease’.
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You can’t demand rebellion for long without inviting the suspicion of the state.
Violence during the 2011 London riots.
Politicians who refuse to listen to popular demands have a reason to be concerned.
An indigenous leader from Brazil protests against the destruction of their lands and people.
While celebrating the millions on streets in London and Vancouver, we must not forget the sacrifices of people in the Global South.
Today’s protests are driven more by anger over social and economic inequity than deep-seated grievances against a regime.
People get angry far more often than they rebel. And rebellions rarely become revolutions. An expert on the French Revolution explains why today’s protest movements are different.
NASA ‘could not imagine the radical effect of seeing the Earth’ from the moon. In the face of a climate catastrophe, we all need to step back and see the Earth again.
Historical perspective can offer much in this time of ecological crisis,. Many historians are reinventing their traditional scales of space and time to tell different kinds of stories that recognise the unruly power of nature.
A demonstrator being arrested by police during an Extinction Rebellion protest in London, Britain, 16 October 2019.
Extinction Rebellion take inspiration from history for their tactics – but today’s police service is much harder to overwhelm than it used to be.
Extinction Rebellion isn’t trying to win support or inspire people – it’s trying to force action.
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We need to create a transport system that is zero carbon – and socially just – in only a few years. We just need to recognise that it's possible.