LET’S GET REAL
It got “real” in the Atlanta streets today (September 27, 2019) when at least 19 eco-activists were arrested for setting up human roadblocks at high traffic intersections. Their goal was to bring attention to the reality of the climate crisis and to encourage “we the people” to take immediate action.
Drifting from intersection to intersection, this clever band of energetic protesters was able to elude the Atlanta City Police and occupy the intersection of Peachtree and 10th for almost 20 minutes. Traffic was blocked in all 4 directions.
This action was part of a week-long series of actions supporting Greta Thunberg and her presence in NYC at the UN Climate Summit.
Many protesters in today’s Atlanta rebellion are members of Extinction Rebellion, a group formed last October in England, demanding that global warming be stabilized to 1.5 degrees Celsius (not 2.0) by 2025. Reaching that goal would require rapid, far-reaching, and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society. Their motto is ACT NOW.
Last April, in London over 1,100 people were arrested for non-violent civil disobedience. They were successful in getting the English Parliament to declare a climate emergency and to set up a Climate Assembly of ordinary people who will work with experts to address the crisis.
The London group is calling for a new round of protests – the International Rebellion – beginning October 7.
Originally posted on the Georgia Grassroots Video YouTube Channel.
Re-posted with permission.
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