Daily Archives: April 20, 2019

Greta Thunberg’s emotional speech to EU leaders

Guardian News

Published on Apr 16, 2019

A sometimes tearful Greta Thunberg criticised EU leaders in Strasbourg for not taking the threat posed by climate change seriously enough. The 16-year-old activist said: ‘If our house was falling apart our leaders wouldn’t go on like we do today … if our house was falling apart you wouldn’t hold three emergency Brexit summits and no emergency summit regarding the breakdown of the climate and the environment.’

Extinction Rebellion: The People Risking Their Freedom For Climate Change | HuffPost Reports: UK

HuffPost UK
Published on Apr 17, 2019

In the midst of unprecedented warnings of climate breakdown, a new, radical protest group emerged in the UK in 2018 – Extinction Rebellion.

Focusing on direct action and civil disobedience, Extinction Rebellion aim to disrupt daily life and confront government inaction on climate change. From their launch last year, we followed the group and witnessed its expansion.

Climate change protest grinds London to a halt

Channel 4 News
Published on Apr 18, 2019

Four environmental activists glued themselves together and chained themselves to the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s house.(Subscribe: https://bit.ly/C4_News_Subscribe)

Its unclear just how much disruption that has caused – but more than 300 people have now been arrested after 3 days of protests in London over climate change. ‘Extinction Rebellion’ has blocked traffic at major sites across the city and three activists today also glued themselves to a train at Canary Wharf station.

Extinction Rebellion: Will protests against climate change force a response? – BBC Newsnight

BBC Newsnight

Published on Apr 17, 2019

Hundreds of activists have been arrested in London.

As climate change activists Extinction Rebellion end their third day of protests, Newsnight asks if their tactics – which have caused mass disruption to travel networks – are a fair and effective way to get change.

Elizabeth Glinka reports and presenter Emma Barnett is joined in the studio by lawyer and activist Farhana Yamin and Lord Barker, former minister for climate change.

Newsnight is the BBC’s flagship news and current affairs TV programme – with analysis, debate, exclusives, and robust interviews.

Extinction Rebellion ​’shutdown’ London

The Guardian

Published on Apr 17, 2019

As thousands of protesters use roadblocks and glue to paralyse parts of central London, the Guardian’s Bruno Rinvolucri finds out how the public and the police are reacting to the disruption. Demonstrators have taken part in civil disobedience protests, blockading four landmarks in the capital in an attempt to force the government to take action on the escalating climate crisis

Extinction Rebellion ⌛ Fashion Action (Circus of Excess) (Oxford Circus 2019)

Azure Peace
Published on Apr 13, 2019


On Friday, 12th of April, between 6:30pm and 7:30pm we took over London’s Oxford Circus, the epicentre of the fast-fashion shopping “experience”. The Tokyo-style zebra ‘X’ crossing is to be turned into a catwalk as XRFA teams up with Sustainable Fashion brands and students from art and fashion colleges and universities all over London to showcase their sustainable fashion and body-protest designs. The theme “Fashion: Circus of Excess” addresses issues of un-sustainability in fashion and how its practices impact other species.

The models will parade across the iconic crossing, accompanied by the XR choir and XR musicians. This will include opera singers performing Beethoven’s ‘Ode An Die Freude’ (Ode to Joy) from his Symphony number 9, legendary drums ensemble “EarthNicht” and sound artist Benjamin Comeau. To amplify the call for immediate action on climate change, the event will be broadcasted live via mainstream and social media (using the hashtag #xrfashioncircus).

This action is one of many in the build-up to the International Rebellion from 15th April.

Extinction Rebellion climate change protests 2019

Published on Apr 20, 2019

Extinction Rebellion climate change protests 2019 London Waterloo Bridge Good Friday 19 April 2019

How Southern socialites rewrote Civil War history


Published on Oct 25, 2017

The United Daughters of the Confederacy altered the South’s memory of the Civil War.

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The United Daughters of the Confederacy was a significant leader of the “Lost Cause,” an intellectual movement that revised history to look more favorably on the South after the American Civil War. They were women from elite antebellum families that used their social and political clout to fundraise and pressure local governments to erect monuments that memorialized Confederate heroes. They also formed textbook review committees that monitored what Southern schoolchildren learned about the war. Their influential work with children created a lasting memory of the Confederate cause, and those generations grew up to be the segregationists of the Jim Crow Era in the South.

Trump’s New Science Adviser Says It’s Not His Job To Correct The President On Climate Change (HBO)


Published on Mar 7, 2019

WASHINGTON — For the first time since he took office, President Trump has a science adviser. Kelvin Droegemeier is a meteorologist and, by all accounts, a thorough, well-respected scientist. But he doesn’t appear to be the climate-change savior scientists hoped he’d be.

Droegemeier, 60, became director of the White House Office of Science and Technology in January. And there was little on the record about his specific views on climate change. But given his stellar reputation, scientists might expect him to act as a corrective to a president who regularly uses winter storms to mock climate change and erroneously suggests that global warming isn’t real.

So when the news came in late February that the White House was putting together a panel to see if climate change is really a threat, even though the Defense Department has already said it is, and that this panel would be run by renowned physicist William Happer —who thinks carbon dioxide is “a benefit to the world” — it felt like an opportunity to delve a little deeper.

But in an interview in his brand-new office next to the White House, Droegemeier evaded questions about his own views. He told VICE News he has no opinion on the president’s winter storm tweets and has no plans to talk to him about them.

“The main thing for me is to provide the president with the best science advice possible,” he said.

Greta Thunberg incontra il Papa e mostra cartello: “Join the Climate Strike”

La Repubblica

Published on Apr 17, 2019

È arrivata in Piazza San Pietro ad udienza generale appena iniziata Greta Thunberg, ed è scesa sul sagrato della basilica attirando l’attenzione della piazza. Seduta in prima fila alla destra del Papa, nell’attesa del momento del baciamano, sono stati in tanti a chiedere una foto o un selfie con la giovane ambientalista simbolo del movimento Fridays For Future. Al momento del saluto la ragazza ha mostrato a Francesco il cartello “Join the Climate Strike” (“Unisciti allo sciopero per il clima”).