Very sad to know that 108 sites are being destroyed. I attended and photographed a protest in Honor Oak to try to save the historic woodland there. Sadly Southwark Council and the Mayor of London beligerently ignored the public outcry and carried on felling ancient trees regardless. All while touting their green policies (like Sadiq Khan’s promised “2 million more trees”, which never arrived).
XR didn’t draw my attention to the 108 woodland sites being destroyed. They drew my attention to the plight of the poor gardeners of Trinity whose years of work was destroyed in single day of vandalism.
I hear this a lot.
The leaders of Extinction Rebellion should publicly condemn any destructive and counter-productive actions performed under the XR banner. If they neglect to do so, the brand deserves to be tainted by those actions.
The cause of environmentalism does not deserve to be tainted by those actions.
I use my personal social media to promote and inform about the transition to renewable and zero-carbon energy and sustainable transport.
XR use their social media to:
- scare people (sometimes by exagerrating or misrepresenting the science)
- endorse truancy
- endorse vandalism and destruction of other people’s property
I don’t want to be on the same side as these people. Personally, the actions of XR have made me feel less positive and engaged with the cause of environmentalism. They just made me sad, angry and disillusioned with the movement.