Climate activists embrace extreme tactics, violence as deadline to ‘save the planet’ draws near
Climate activists from the United States and around the globe are increasing their efforts to protect the planet.
Far-left activists have glued their hands to famous paintings, stopped new pipeline construction, blocked rush hour traffic, set themselves ablaze, threatened to disrupt Congressional Baseball Game, and slashed the tires of random sport utility vehicle (SUV) in cities all over the globe.
Activists argue that the world’s governments have failed their citizens by failing to act aggressively to curb warming.
Ashley Thomson, a senior Greenpeace USA climate campaigner, stated last week that “We can’t continue to wait for a bunch corporate shills to do nothing while people die.”
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Greenpeace, the oldest environmental organization in the world, has organized multiple “direct actions” in this year’s calendar. These included blocking ships from leaving a Dutch port, scaling a venue in France, climbing a North Sea mining vessel, and even blocking an event in France. These actions seem to have become more common due to what activists call a global disaster.
“Climate Change is the only problem where it could affect our ability to continue civilization in the worst possible scenario.” In an interview with Fox News Digital, Ken Ward, climate activist, stated that the threat is much greater. You can recover the damage done to your water supply if you don’t do enough work on water quality. This is not possible in the worst cases of climate change.
What can you do if the southern portion of the nation is set up to become unlivable and dehydrated within 20 years? Ward added. Ward continued, “If there were agreement that there was a serious threat to our lives, we would stop doing other things and pay more attention to it.”
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Ward shut down the valve on a pipeline carrying crude oil from Canada to Mount Vernon (Washington) as part of a coordinated effort. Ward was joined by fellow activists, the “Valve Turners”, who shut down similar pipelines in Montana and North Dakota that day.
Ward eventually pleaded guilty to trespassing after the incident and told Fox News Digital that such actions are necessary when “there’s political gridlock” and “all the ordinary processes don’t work.”
Protesters from the group “Just Stop Oil” glue their hands to John Constable’s The Hay Wain frame at the National Gallery in London, July 4. (Kirsty A’Connor/PA via AP
Ward and other activists often refer to reports from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or the Climate Clock (an online tool created in 2020 to show how much time humanity has left to reduce global warming) when calling for immediate action. Greenpeace said that governments must act on climate change, or they will be “forced” to, following the April IPCC report.
Fox News Digital co-founder Gan Golan, Climate Clock, stated that fossil fuel corporations have spent millions of dollars to mislead the public, contradict science, and falsely claim climate change is a hoax for decades. This tactic doesn’t work anymore, as the results are obvious for everyone to see. They have now come up with a new strategy: delay. “Climate delay is now the new method of climate denial.”
He said, “In a democracy if citizens believe that their leaders put corporate interests above their own lives, then they will exercise their first amendment rights.” “Young people have led the way and it’s now that everyone who cares about their future can join them.
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According to the Climate Clock algorithm, July 2029 is the date for action to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Friday was the first Climate Emergency Day for the group. The clock now goes from seven to six years.
On Tuesday, Tyre Extinguishers activists slashed tires on an SUV that was parked in New York City. (Tyre Extinguishers)
“Governments and politicians have failed us to protect us from the danger, so we must protect ourselves,” states the Tyre Extinguishers website. This U.K. group has deflated SUV tires across the U.S., Canada, and Europe.
In recent weeks, the Tyre Extinguishers announced actions in New York City and San Francisco. A spokesperson previously stated to Fox News Digital that the group plans to “expand massively” in the upcoming months.
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Just Stop Oil, an U.K.-based environmental group, stated that it was also planning additional actions in the wake of government inaction. The group was headlined recently when its members stuck themselves to famous paintings, including one of The Last Supper from a London museum.
A spokesperson for Just Stop Oil told Fox News Digital that there are many actions being taken at the moment. “We basically call for individuals and institutions, to join civil resistance against U.K. government, stopping one of the most criminal acts in this country’s past, in terms fossil fuel, oil gas, and coal projects.”
“It is clear that new oil, and gas, will cause unimaginable suffering to the people of this nation and indeed the people around the globe who are suffering attributable to climate change now,” continued the spokesperson for Just Stop Oil.
A spokesperson for the group stated that they were planning to run a campaign that would involve thousands of people later in the year.
To draw attention to climate change and to urge elected officials to take action, activists have also erected blockades along busy highways.
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“We have a short and quickly closing window to address climate crisis,” said one protester who was part a group calling on President Biden to declare the climate emergency by blocking traffic along I-395 in Washington D.C., April 14. “The government isn’t listening.”
The activists refused to allow a man’s car through his blockage during April’s protest. He said that he needed to travel to his wife’s birth to be with him. A similar protest calling for a climate emergency declaration was held in Maryland on July 4. A driver begged activists to allow him through because he was on parole. He also had to get to work on time.
Tuesday’s White House statement stated that Biden was still considering declaring an emergency climate after Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), effectively ended Democrats’ hopes of passing comprehensive climate legislation last week. Biden decided to not make such a declaration this week and instead announced a series executive actions in a speech in Massachusetts.
Varshini Prakash (executive director of the Sunrise Movement) stated that Biden could forever be known for being “the president that condemned my generation to an inlivable world.”
Ward stated that if we consider a world where the number and fate of people are going to increase, and there is a shift in the population because some parts of the world will no longer be livable, then we will see more fighting and killing. This is because people believe that this is the right response to the collapse of conditions that made their nation possible.
He stated, “So, I believe that the opportunity to engage in not only direct action, but also mass nonviolent action as means of changing which we know is pretty efficacious — the window for doing so is getting smaller.”