Our sun is one of 100 billion stars in our galaxy. Our galaxy is one of billions of galaxies populating the universe. It would be the height of presumption to think that we are the only living things in that enormous immensity    Werner von Braun
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader    John Quincy Adams
Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be.    Karen Ravn
Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.    Albert Einstein
If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door    Milton Berle
Everything in the universe spins to the design of the Fibonacci spiral    Ronald Patrick Marriott
Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless    Jamie Paolinetti
There can be no hope when there lacks interest for better. There can be no trust when there lacks confirmation of truth. There can be no faith when there lacks complete confidence of purpose.    Adlin Sinclair
Dreams and dedication are a powerful combination    William Longgood
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.    Anatole France
Be the change that you wish to see in the world.    Mahatma Gandhi
We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world - or to make it the last    John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.    Albert Einstein
Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life.    Dalai Lama
If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it    Jesse Jackson
If you don't stand for something you will fall for anything.    Gordon A. Eadie
It’s difficult giving unlimited power to limited minds    Nikola Tesla
Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.    Dr. Seuss
An equation for me has no meaning unless it expresses a thought of God    Srinivasa Ramanujan
The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving    Albert Einstein
Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living    Anais Nin
The things that one most wants to do are the things that are probably most worth doing.    Winifred Holtby
You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want    Zig Ziglar
Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more    Anthony Robbins
What is not started today is never finished tomorrow    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.    Oscar Wilde
Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.    Jimi Hendrix
Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of the arts    Henry David Thoreau
For the wise man looks into space and he knows there is no limited dimensions    Lao Tzu
There is nothing like a dream to create the future    Victor Hugo
Love of beauty is Taste. The creation of beauty is Art    Ralph Waldo Emerson
When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps    Confucius

Extinction Rebellion

Does non-violent civil disobedience require non-destructive clause to be effective


While Extinction Rebellion is an initiative to be applauded, perhaps alongside the principles and value of "Using non-violent strategy and tactics as the most effective way to bring about change." it would be benficial to include a reference to constructive solutions.

As it is, the call to international rebellion that began on 15th April 2019, has been marred by the focus of the news on destructive militant action of a few.

Nearly all major news outlets in the UK focussed on the damage to the Shell buildings and completely diverted attention from the serious issues that extintction rebellion seeks to address

The Evening Standard led with "Climate change protesters smash glass and plaster Shell HQ with paint as they bring London to a standstill"

Sky News reported "In what was initially described as a non-violent act of resistance and rebellion, protesters blocked five central locations and demanding the government declares a climate emergency. However the demonstrations turned violent after windows were targeted at the Shell building in Lambeth, southeast London." So now a non-violent act of resistance and rebellion has 'turned violent'. This is what will be remembered.

The Daily Express had to shout "SMASH UP"

City A.M - Climate change protesters have 'attacked' the London base of Shell. All of this focusses negativity on the protest, rather than positivity of respect for life that is the demand of climate action.

Surprisingly the overall demonstrations were better reported by the Independent, BBC, ITV & The Sun, and The Gaurdian carries a good review, while opinion influenced reporting of George Mobiot gives a good overview, it remains that the protest will fail to impact the issues as focus will remain on the negative impact.
This is reflected in the Daily Mail article that leads with "Furious Londoners demand tougher police crackdown".

GFC holds the view that we must find the will to enact outside of civil, social and religious rules and laws to implement and promote the solutions. Presenting the non-violent promotion of solutions as opposed to protesting the problems.

Having said that, however you have to applaud Extinction Rebellion

Posted by: Colin Hunter

Category: Environment

Web: https://rebellion.earth/
Created: Mon 15 Apr 2019