We Joined Extinction Rebellion. Cover image courtesy of Shutterstock.
Music by: Yung Kartz – Loyalty, Yung Kartz – Drip.
What’s up guys so we’re just here at Trafalgar Square, where Extinction Rebellion have shut down the street, like most of Central London.
So, of course the point is for business as usual to be interrupted. They’re hoping to accomplish great change from the government, and global industries, like the fashion industry.
So Sara Arnold will be there, who’s already spoken to the New York Times, and has done a lot of press work and support for Extinction Rebellion. So, we’re hoping to have a word with her and some other people, over there!
We are here to ask the government to pass our three demands.
One: tell the truth about the climate and ecological emergency.
Our second demand is act now and that means net zero carbon by 2025.
And our third demand, is that there should be a citizen’s assembly within government that decide on climate and ecological justice issues.
I think it’s just spreading the message to the people and we’ve had so much leafletting, we’ve had so many people asking what’s going on, I think it’s just spreading the word at the minute.
Now I think it’s 85% of people in this country are very concerned about climate change and that has risen significantly since the protests we did in April.
So, when people say the, kind of like, oh but what are you achieving by holding up everyone’s day, stopping people from getting to work, blah, blah, blah… Attention! It doesn’t feel great to, you know, disrupt people but it’s a lot better to do that, than to let this happen.
Obviously the approach from the police has been different this time. By the second day, you know, we’ve had over 500 arrests so far. The people that are being arrested are being trained for that.
There’s something for everyone, in a way, for arrestables, non-arrestables, like, you can contribute.
My message to the fashion industry is that it is, as well as being one of the most destructive industries, it is one of the most influential industries and therefore, if it can really wake up, and act to this emergency, it could be a massive game-changer.
The fashion companies, with all their influence, should be telling this to their consumers; they should be using all the billboard space they have, the window space on high streets, to make this known.
It’s essentially calling attention, not just to raise awareness, but to get the people that can do something for us…
The media action…
It’s on them really. We’ll stop when they listen.
To please stop buying new things, we have enough. Use what you already have.
My message to fashion consumers is that don’t be defined as consumers, you are citizens! So wake up to you power as a citizen.
Okay guys, so that’s it for now from us. Let us know what you think of Extinction Rebellion, and also what you think people can do differently, especially in the fashion industry.
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