I don’t think there is much separating us, J4Z
Two things are predictable about the ER’s “rebel for life”. The first is that the police will do their best to intimidate all present. The second is that most people will come away with a new sense of purpose and meaning in their lives – awakened and invigorated, full of the collective joy that spontaneously arises when human beings get together to show their strength of feeling or merely their urge for festivity. People will come home at the least relieved that “I’m not alone”. That’s the positive side.
The inspiring struggles for action to be taken against climate change we are seeing emerging around the world shows that people can come together and organise in order to resolve the climate crisis in our way.
But yet again, lessons must still be had and should not be ignored in case it appears too uncomradely to criticize. I have seen many protest movements rise and fall over the past decades and have learned a few things.
Central to ER is the belief that the state can slow down and reverse global warming and save humanity. It advocates working within the framework of capitalism with a series of green reforms. The state is not a neutral, institution, which might intervene in the economy to solve the problems of the environment. The state serves capitalism. Holding a belief that the state can solve climate change is to be complicit. Occasionally, at times, the state may enact some palliative measures but it cannot be used to consistently and permanently defend our interests.
Activists within ER regard socialism as unrealistic for there is only a brief time to save the world. So they propose calling on the state to pass regulations and enforce legislation.
I believe the consequences of climate change will impact popular opinion which will not be what it is today, tomorrow.
The climate crisis will interact with an associated economic crisis, and with continuing turmoil over migration as people flee their impoverished lands. Not to mention wars over resources such as water. We need to be ideologically prepared for this and have our answers ready.
I can sympathise with the sincere struggle for reforms engaged in by ER. But it must always be pointed out the limitations and focus them upon the socialist goal, the only society capable of ecological harmony and freedom. Capitalism is incompatible with ecological balance, ending climate change and avoiding global warming catastrophe. This argument determines my attitude towards Extinction Rebellion, Fridays for Future, Sunrise.