The parallel universes of climate change protest

The parallel universes of climate change protest
Children at a climate change protest in Dublin. Pic: Rollingnews.ie

The protest to ‘save the planet’ is far more challenging than earlier protests, because the protesters are also protesting against themselves, against themselves eating beef or using single-use plastic or flying to a wedding on the other side of the globe

The challenge of climate change has produced two parallel universes populated largely by the same group of people. One is the plastic-free, low carbon, new fuel green one that they are out protesting and creating hashtags for; and the other is the real world where plastic, diesel, gas heating and beef are the staples – their staples.

Protesting is important, but traditionally people protested to persuade those in power to change their minds. And, after...

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