YOUNG LONDONERS DRAW REDLINES AS UN CLIMATE TALKS FAIL
Young people have started to draw Redlines that must not be crossed as the UN climate talks wrap up in Paris. Using giant inflatable ‘cobblestones’ activists have drawn huge RedLines in front of some of London’s most iconic buildings.
Redlines have been drawn at the following sites:…
Houses of Parliament – UK government cross the Redline when they increase subsidies to fossil fuels while cutting support for renewable energy News HQ – Rupert Murdoch crossed the Redline when he drills for oil in the Syrian Golan Heights Tate Modern cross the Redline when they fund our art with oil Hill & Knowlton PR cross the Redllne when they tell us fracking is OK Shell HQ – Shell cross the Redline when they sell us filthy fossil fuel
The action had been coordinated with similar actions in New York and Portland in solidarity with those protesting today in Paris despite the state of emergency banning protests there – even when football games and large Christmas markets go ahead. These actions mark the start of a wave of civil disobedience that people have pledged to take around the globe throughout 2016 to enforce Redlines that must not be crossed. The unified message is that if national governments and corporations can’t take the action we need then young people will be at the front of the global movement coming together to take that action themselves.
Anna Wild, 20, said:
“We are saving our generation. We don’t want to spend our old age in wet suits. Spray tans? Who needs ’em if climate change is gonna burn us alive anyway #onlywayisessexextreme”
Noor Khazem, 21, said:
“It’s so weird when people ask why I care so much about climate change. I always think: why DON’T you care about it? I love design it’s like a universal language. It can allow us to engage with an issue like climate change in an inclusive way.”
Alisson Creiche, 19, said:
“I care about climate change because I care about the future, and it is brilliant to be part of a movement that is both fun and real like #RedLines.”
Dan Richards, 29, said
“The UN climate conference has produced a deal that is insufficient to secure a safe future. Young people will no longer accept that profit from fossil fuels is placed ahead of people’s lives and safety. We stand in solidarity with the countries most vulnerable to climate change, for whom this is a matter of life and death and we stand for a safe future for ourselves and future generations.
More info: Climate hangout https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1XJKyiMT8A
It’s not just about saving the planet the planet will save itself. It’s about saving humanity on the way.