But London is the epicenter, and the city has never seen anything like it.
There is such a cognitive dissonance in this world between those who are fighting to stop climate change with the Extinction Rebellion, and those who are actively encouraging it, like the Alberta politicians who were elected yesterday, ready to battle for pipelines and against carbon taxes. They should be looking instead at what is happening in London and even New York City, as people rise up to deliver the message that something must be done.
In London, the police are moving in to clear out protesters from Parliament square. There seem to be thousands of them, and so far it all seems peaceful; they are not dressed in riot gear and they appear to be gently picking people up and carrying them away. But things can change.
The police have a role to "facilitate peaceful protest", yet I've just been sent this image of an army of police heading to Parliament Square to apparently "clear out" #ExtinctionRebellion— Amelia Womack 🏴 (@Amelia_Womack) April 17, 2019
We have a democratic right to protest and the police must respect it. pic.twitter.com/yCfdMHGmHN
So, perhaps they will take Parliament Square tonight and arrest everyone here.— Extinction Rebellion 🐝⌛️🦋 (@ExtinctionR) April 17, 2019
But nobody can stop this energy. Across the world, the climate movement is rising. Ordinary people are rising. We will, and we must, be heard.#InternationalRebellion pic.twitter.com/t1m6oKYAAA
Participants are evidently prepared to be evicted.
Protests in Boston are not nearly so dramatic.
Freiburg, Germany, sure has a lot of bikes.
Extinction Rebellion Scotland reckons 29 arrests have been made in Edinburgh so far as a protest against climate change continues on North Bridge @LBC @ScotlandXr | #ExtinctionRebelion pic.twitter.com/aZjEmN4uvz— Fraser Knight (@Fraser_Knight) April 16, 2019
And Edinburgh sure has a lot of police.
In New York City, the roads around City Hall are blocked. How will the Mayor get from his gym in Brooklyn?
#InternationalRebellion @XR_NYC has blocked the roadways in front of City Hall demanding a #ClimateEmergency! XR climbers on lightposts all around with multiple banner drops! @ExtinctionR #ExtinctinRebellion @XrYouth @xryouthus pic.twitter.com/FEJvHYTJpF— Alexandria Villaseñor (@AlexandriaV2005) April 17, 2019
I sit here and wonder how people in North America can elect carbon arsonists who just want to flare more gas and burn more oil and not worry about what is happening when, as Greta says, our house is on fire and we have to do something now. I give the last words to her.
'I hope that its foundations are strong. I hope that our foundations are even stronger.' — Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg wants us to come together to save our planet like we did to save the Notre Dame pic.twitter.com/upwuvFCplB— NowThis (@nowthisnews) April 17, 2019