Square in The Face
Rise For Climate is an international movement that today will see over 850 rallies happening around the world to demand climate justice from governments and corporations.
This is a great initiative, but will it be enough? Extinction Rebellion goes one step further. As members of XR we are employing mass civil disobedience (for instance, road blocks) to demand action NOW.
Sometimes I get accused of being miserable, of not knowing how to have fun, even of being ‘square’. But these people don’t see when I’m dancing around my flat or in a trance playing jazz dance on my electric piano. I may be square to some, if square means wanting to live meticulously in a way which improves the suffering lot of the species -including humans- on this planet. A lot which it is very reasonable to project will worsen due to climate breakdown in the coming decades.
I only appear square at face value because I am looking civilisation square in the face. You don’t face me by calling me names. If you dare face me, look at the dying civilisation reflected in my eyes.
The Voice in The Night
A few nights ago, in the middle of the night, a man’s voice stated to me plainly,
‘I didn’t know about it. Nobody told me.’
He was referring to climate breakdown and he was referring to the Extinction Rebellion.
I think this man has a job which involves some manual work. I think he works in engineering, but in some kind of assistant capacity. He is fairly switched on about trends in society and politics, but he knows next to nothing about climate breakdown (or what he would call ‘climate change’).
This man is indicative of the massive problem we have around climate breakdown -that most of even the most intelligent people in society are not aware of it.
This man’s voice was a warning to me. He was calling to me from the future. He was asking me to try my hardest to get through to him now, even though the whole machine of industrial civilisation wants to prevent our meeting and our communicating.