The Extinction Rebellion (XR) mode of non-violent civil disobedience is analysed in this article by a University of Bristol academic after the spread of action to five UK cities.
This BBC update is from October 2019 when XR became active again around the world. It shows how the level of support for peaceful civil disobedience is high among young people but weak among the over-65s.
The democratic methods for change—voting, lobbying, petitions, education and protests—have proved to be spectacular failures. The corporate forces that have seized control of our political and economic systems will, unchecked, drive us into extinction for profit. All we have left is nonviolent, disruptive civil disobedience. A rebellion. And if we fail, we will at least obliterate our despair, find solace in a community of resisters and restore our emotional health and our dignity by fighting back against those who are engineering the ecocide.
This article by a Fulbright scholar and climate justice campaigner elaborates the above graph to demonstrate how the so-called ‘free-market’ is hugely distorted by government subsidies that are keeping the fossil fuel producers competitive as the cost of renewable energy undercuts the price of coal and oil in particular. These vast subsidies are keeping the fossil fuel industry afloat at a time when vast but much smaller investments are needed to be directed at eliminating carbon emissions to meet IPCC and Paris Agreement goals to hold global warming to a manageable level.
The article points to the successful propaganda put out by the energy corporations to convince governments that fossil fuel subsidies should be continued, even to the point of convincing Christian fundamentalists in the USA that such a policy is “God’s will”!
This short slide show by Jeremy Leggett, advocate and entrepreneur of non-renewable energy, heralds the end of oil-based transport as the Energy Return on Capital Investment (EROCI) makes investment in renewable energy produce a 6 to 7 times greater energy return than continuing to invest in fossil fuel production:
In this potentially game-changing report, BNP Paribas introduces the concept of Energy Return on Capital Invested. Conclusion: “The economics of oil for gasoline and diesel vehicles versus wind- and solar-powered EVs are now in relentless and irreversible decline, with far-reaching implications for both policymakers and the oil majors.”
This article from the Oxford University Martin Centre offers an overview of approaches to feeding the growing human population and addressing the emerging global food crisis as overshoot of human impact upon the planet’s capacity to sustain this pressure grows. “There are serious challenges to global food supply everywhere we look “. Eight proposals for ensuring food supply and land maintenance are offered.
This lecture is by Nate Hagen one of the best informed ‘big thinkers’ about the existential predicament of modern civilisation. The video of the keynote presentation lasts around 50 minutes and was recorded at the Resilience Gathering in California in June 2019.