Jan 2020 Climate Awareness Part 5: Scientists Declare Support For Protest

from Pause For Thought: BBC Radio Devon by Kimwei



5. Scientists Declare Support For Protest

A scientist with a megaphone is not a common image, but last October for the first time, we as a nation saw exactly that, on the streets and in the papers. I was lucky enough to be there to hear words pouring from such a megaphone including these:
“We believe that the continued governmental inaction over the climate and ecological crisis now justifies peaceful and non-violent protest.. even if this goes beyond the bounds of the current law…” this is an excerpt from the Scientists Declaration of Rebellion… but Scientists supporting protesters? This was news, and indeed in October last year when Scientists For Extinction Rebellion made the announcement at London’s Science Museum, The Daily Mail reported on it immediately.

To everyone’s surprise their headline read “Extinction Rebellion protesters are RIGHT to use mass civil disobedience to force Governments to change policy, group of more than 300 scientists unites to say”. The article went on to report that “In a joint declaration, climate scientists, physicists, biologists, engineers and others from at least 20 countries broke with the caution traditionally associated with academia to side with peaceful protesters courting arrest from Amsterdam to Melbourne.”

But why might experts all over the world be in favour of resorting to breaking the law for this cause? As to date 1500 have now signed. Their answer is simply stated in their Declaration: “The scientific community has already tried all conventional methods to draw attention to the crisis.”


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


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