ENVIRONMENT: Extinction Rebellion should be taken seriously.
Truls Lie
Editor-in-chief, Modern Times Review
Published date: May 8, 2019
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XR demonstrator carried away from Waterloo Bridge. Photo: XR

Isn’t it about enough by now, Norway? As it turns out, this tiny nation is actually the seventh biggest exporter of CO2 emissions.

The new global environmental movement Extinction Rebellion (XR) is now rebelling against governments who don’t take the consequences of climate change seriously. All the while, as our own government cluelessly keeps pumping up oil, we hear the clamor of XR activists worldwide: «No way, Norway! Turn around – help save the world!» No way, we prefer expanding to new oil-fields (LoSeVe, The Barents sea or the Australia bay). Norway’s official plan is to keep up the production until 2070 and the person who will finally close the valves may not even be born yet.

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Extinction Rebellion Norway 26.06: Photo: Alexsandra Perpetua

XR underscores that it is our «duty to act now, to guarantee our children’s welfare and safety, and to protect life on earth as such». We saw numerous campaigns this April. In Oslo, XR Norway ritually carried a black coffin filled with silver coins to the Department of Finance, to highlight their responsibility for Norway’s CO2 emissions. They planted an apple tree in front of the Parliament (see photo). Next, they conducted «die-ins» where XR members played dead: first in front of the Opera (a statement against overfishing, plastic, and acidification) and in Oslo City Mall (a protest against pollution by the clothing industry).

In London, XR blocked bridges with green plants; they stopped the traffic and barricaded embassies (including Norway’s) as an environmental protest. In the Guardian (23.04.) we could read about XR members around the world: protests against gas extraction in India; West Africans (Ghana, Nigeria, The Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, and Togo) finally experiencing some global solidarity – and their demonstrations in churches, market squares, and schools. In Columbia – a country where environmental activists are frequently killed – XR aims to protect the jungle …

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