Post by kerouac2 on Oct 9, 2019 11:13:13 GMT
Place du Châtelet in the exact centre of Paris has been occupied by Extinction Rebellion for the last three days. Buses and cars are out of luck, and even pedestrians who would like to cross the Pont au Change to Ile de la Cité. The demonstrators have blocked it completely. In case you haven't heard about this movement yet, it is basically a radical ecologist movement which got tired of the wimpy polite Green movements, and they say it is time to act now. We have been passively watching the gigantic plastic island in the ocean, the fish with their stomachs full of plastic, shit pouring into the rivers, pesticides covering everything, chemical accidents, etc. And so far the reaction of the world governments has been "oh well, maybe we should reduce carbon emissions a little bit, say in 5 or 10 years."
This new group says that the planet is dying now, very quickly, that younger generations are going to be totally poisoned, that the Amazonian and AFrican forests are disappearing while the world is still run by old bastards who got everything they wanted by raping the planet and it's not really their problem. That is the abridged version of their views.
Obviously, I needed to go and see it for myself. It's nice when streets are closed to traffic. Step one in reducing pollution!
The symbol of the movement is a stylised hourglass.
The militants are not very numerous but they are very well organised.
Even with the world ending, creative design is very important.