Extinction Rebellion must evolve to survive

As the climate change protest movement grows, so too will the opposition ranged against it

10th October, 2019
Extinction Rebellion protesters outside Leinster House. This week's demonstrations are part of an "international rebellion" Photo: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Extinction Rebellion(XR) runs the risk of making itself extinct. Protest is a traditional weapon to bring pressure for change, but XR has deliberately created its protest in the public space. By doing so, it is protesting against everyone at the same time. That may well prove a weakness.

The organisation describes itself a powerful movement. “Our vision of change involves mass participation,” it says. Its...

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