Jan 2020 Climate Awareness Part 3: Listen To The Science

from Pause For Thought: BBC Radio Devon by Kimwei

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3. Listen To The Science.

My partner Emily is lying down in the road at the north end of London Bridge under a banner which reads "Tell The Truth" and wearing her labcoat proudly. This is not something she usually does, nor is it normal behaviour for the four other scientists lying there with her - they are more accustomed to being in the lab. This is a groundbreaking day, with scientists willing to break the law and be arrested to show their commitment to Climate Justice.

It's 4pm on October 14th 2019 and the police are moving in on Scientists For Extinction Rebellion's protest. "Everybody film" I shout, whipping out a camera in hopes of capturing the arrest of 5 scientists blocking traffic in Central London. This is the moment we've been waiting for. For hours now my band of drummers and I have accompanied the protest, who march through the financial district, blocking traffic, speaking the Science of The Climate and Ecological Emergency as the public clamour to listen.

To begin with, my biggest fear was that Emily would be arrested. After hours of illegal behaviour and noticeable reluctance from the police to move in, my biggest fear now, was that she wouldn't be arrested.

Then it happened, one was scooped up and carried away bodily, and Emily was next. I pushed through the crowd to keep her in shot until, she was released by the pavement… no arrest. Not for her, not for any other Doctor or Professor of Science that day. And to this day, I wonder, what is it that made the police so reluctant to arrest the wearers of labcoats? Is there something, I wonder, that they are afraid of?

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from Pause For Thought: BBC Radio Devon, released January 30, 2017

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