Headline, January 27 2022/ ''' '' CLIMATE -ALARMISM- CLAMPS* '' '''


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IS PEAK CLIMATE ALARMISM BEHIND US? Why the world's most prominent climate radicals are rebooting.

It wasn't so long ago that the world was truly on fire with climate alarm. In September 2019, millions of people around the world participated in a global climate strike, the largest ever, calling for immediate World War II-scale mobilization against the climate crisis in more than 150 countries.

A week later, several million marched again. The marches had been organized by Fridays for Future, the youth movement founded by Greta Thunberg, which had been striking every week all year and drawing tens or even hundreds of thousands protests in a given city.

If Thunberg was the patron saint of this new global climate protest army, Extinction Rebellion was its radical flank.

The group announced itself in the fall  of 2018, as Thunberg was first gaining attention in Stockholm, with a series of protests in London designed to shut down the city center and force a frank conversation about the state of the climate crisis. '' Tell the truth'' was the group's chief demand.

XR was a self-consciously radical outfit, decentralized in structure, and blockaded highways and stock exchanges and disrupted subway services, among other protests. The approach incurred a cost, and much of the British public turned against the group.

But it also helped move the needle of the public opinion on climate somewhat dramatically in Britain and generated a series of commitments from even the conservative governments under Prime Minister Theresa May and Boris Johnson.

More recently, its tactics have been embraced and replicated by a new suite of disruptive climate groups : Insulate Britain, Scientist Rebellion and Just Stop Oil, which has tossed soup onto museum canvases.

Then, on New Year's Eve, XR U.K. made a surprise announcement : ''We quit.''

''Despite the blaring alarm on the climate and ecological emergency ringing loud and clear, very little has changed,'' the group declared 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.''

Instead, the group declared it was going to focus on mass mobilization to pressure those in power rather than shaming or inconveniencing everyday citizens.

In certain ways, the turn reflected debates that have preoccupied the group's leadership for years. The former XR spokesperson Rupert Read has spent much of the last few years advocating for a ''moderate flank'' - a more broad-based climate movement less defined by its most radical members.

But the XR co-founder Roger Hallam, who left the group to found Just Stop Oil, has been subtweeting the announcement from prison. [Disruption is not a tactic,'' he wrote recently, but ''a way of being in the face of the infinity of evil.'' ]

Elsewhere, protests as in Germany, where police and protesters have clashed near an open-pit coal mine and Greta Thunberg has been arrested twice.

This month, I spoke to Clare Farrell, a co-founder of XR, and Alanna Byrne, who coordinates its press team, about the strategic turn and why the group believes that time for it is now.

'Let's just start narrowly with the statement itself. The headline is a little bit of red herring. What are you quitting and where did that decision come from?'

Alanna Byrne : The media has framed it as us saying we're stopping disruption altogether, which isn't exactly right.

What we're saying is that we're going to take a step back from disrupting the public in the way that we have been - disrupting roads and bridges and getting in the way of people going about their day-to-day business - and instead going straight to government.

Disrupting the perpetrators more. We're working towards a big date in April where we're aiming to get 100,000 people to come to Parliament.

The Honour and Serving of the Latest Global Operational Research on Climate Change, Protests and Tactics, continues. The World Students Society thanks author David Wallace-Wells.

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