Extinction Rebellion, a climate activism group, has said that since “very little has changed,” it will temporarily halt using public disruption methods that have irritated commuters and businesses over the previous four years.
Despite their efforts, hundreds of the demonstrators have been detained after obstructing traffic, locking themselves together, and spray-painting structures. According to XR, “very little has changed – emissions continue to rise and our planet is dying at an accelerated rate”.
The activist group said that this year it would put “attendance over arrests and relationships over roadblocks” as its main priorities.
It said in a statement: “As we ring in the new year, we make a controversial resolution to temporarily shift away from public disruption as a primary tactic.”
“We recognise and celebrate the power of disruption to raise the alarm and believe that constantly evolving tactics is a necessary approach.”
“What’s needed now most is to disrupt the abuse of power and imbalance, to bring about a transition to a fair society that works together to end the fossil fuel era. Our politicians, addicted to greed and bloated on profits, won’t do it without pressure.
“We must be radical in our response to this crisis and determined in our efforts to address the climate and ecological emergency, even if it means taking a different approach than before.”
A radical act, according to XR, is “thriving through bridge-building.” On April 21, XR also called for 100,000 people to encircle the Houses of Parliament.
As a result of “multiple crises,” it is acting now because it is “time to seize the moment.”
According to the activists, a unique chance to mobilise and cross conventional barriers may be provided by concerns like the cost-of-living crisis and continuous strikes.
XR envisions a large demonstration in Westminster where people might “stay for as long as you can” in an effort to foster cooperation amongst movements and groups.
It said the following while inviting people to participate in a demonstration in April: “Surrounding the Houses of Parliament day after day in large numbers means we can leave the locks, glue, and paint behind and instead demonstrate faith in a critical mass of people to create a moment that’s impossible to ignore.”