We’ve come across an existential conundrum. Climate change is happening and there is nothing we can do to stop it.
It happens naturally throughout the ages, with the Earth heating up and cooling down over periods of 10,000 years.
I teach this to my year 7s in Geography lessons at school. Yet, there are still individuals out there, like the President of the United States, Donald Trump, who denies that global warming is leading us to a society shattering global catastrophe.
This brings me to current events in London. There are protestors trying to bring the dangers of human-made climate change and global warming to the forefront of the public mind.
The group, calling themselves ‘Extinction Rebellion’, are trying to stop humans from destroying the planet any further than they already have done.
However, the way in which they are doing it has shut down commercial and economic sectors of one of the busiest cities in the world, costing millions in lost revenue and causing transport disruption in locations such as Parliament Square, Waterloo Bridge, Oxford Circus and Marble Arch.
This brings back the old argument of the power of free speech and the right to a functioning society, with Londoners facing a fourth day of disruption the group vow to maintain roadblocks across the capital despite nearly 400 arrests.
Environment Secretary Michael Gove said ‘we’ve got the message’ after some Extinction Rebellion activists glued themselves to a train and others chained themselves to Jeremy Corbyn’s garden fence.
Asked about the protests on The One Show, Gove said, ‘I think it’s appropriate for people to make their feelings known but I also think, we’ve got the message, we understand that action needs to be taken.’
The Metropolitan Police are playing coy as to whether any of the arrests have led to charges being drawn up, however, the arrests seem to be doing little to discourage further protests.
Robin Boardman-Pattison, 21, who walked off during an interview with Sky News, said activists were planning to step up action on the rail and London Underground network.
‘We will be escalating our disruption throughout the week,’ he said. ‘The impact to the Tube system will grow.’