George Monbiot in this Guardian opinion piece article suggests that what is known as the Sixth Great Extinction (massive die-off of species) should instead be called the First Great Extermination because it is being conducted wilfully by one species that is continuing to burn fossil fuels that result in global warming. The article draw on Roger Hallam’s book Common Sense for the 21st Century. Hallam is a leader of the Extinction Rebellion (XR).
“just 20 fossil fuel companies, some owned by states, some by shareholders, have produced 35% of the carbon dioxide and methane released by human activities since 1965.
We are guided by an ideology so familiar and pervasive that we do not even recognise it as an ideology. It is called consumerism. It has been crafted with the help of skilful advertisers and marketers, by corporate celebrity culture, and by a media that casts us as the recipients of goods and services rather than the creators of political reality. … It’s the system we need to change, rather than the products of the system. It is as citizens that we must act, rather than as consumers. … Only mass political disruption, out of which can be built new and more responsive democratic structures, can deliver the necessary transformation. … Ten thousand people breaking the law has historically had more impact than small-scale, high-risk activism.” The key challenge is to organise actions that encourage as many people as possible to join. This means they should be openly planned, inclusive, entertaining, peaceful and actively respectful.
… this approach offers at least a possibility of breaking the infrastructure of lies the fossil fuel companies have created, and developing a politics matched to the scale of the challenges we face. It is difficult and uncertain of success. But the chances that politics as usual will meet our massive predicament with effective action are zero. Mass dilemma actions could be our last, best chance of preventing the great extermination.”