ECOTRAIN QOTW 10.7: ARE ACTIVISTS WHO INCONVENIENCE THE GENERAL PUBLIC JUSTIFIED?

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Welcome back to the question of the week, in collaboration with Dreemport! I’ve been taking it easy on you all for a while now, so this week we look at a more controversial topic around the issue of activists such as those concerned about climate change, and people who are protesting and generally making their voices heard in many ways... often to the frustration and anger of the general public! In the UK for example there are few groups such as insulate Britain and the Extinction Rebellion who are causing all kinds of problems for the general public by doing things like blocking traffic and even gluing their heads to the road! Until very recently there were no laws against this and so things ground to a halt where these activists were demonstrating! Another prime example is the truck blockade that happened in Canada in protest of very strict measures by the government against people who were protesting against lockdowns and restrictions. This has caused a lot of conflict between these people and the general public and in some cases has led to violence and unrest.

Even today there is no clear consensus as to the extent to which climate change will affect this world, and indeed whether we are even responsible for it or if it is really happening. Nevertheless, there are many people who believe that we are at at a tipping point in terms of CO2 emissions, and if we pass this point there is no return! People who are demonstrating and blocking roads believe that this is a life or death situation for the planet and the way we have been living on it through this great industrial and technological age.

The question is whether you think that their actions are justified, and if causing significant delays and problems for commuters and people trying to go about their daily business. Does a perceived notion of the world being in serious trouble justify their actions, or are they just selfish and even deluded individuals! This is a difficult question because no one can prove the point about climate change until we see the results of it, and since no one is sure, can they really be justified in their actions? This question can of course be extrapolated to other issues that people think are most important, and the same question can be asked. Is it ever OK to demonstrate in a way that may causes harm or troubles to other people who are simply not engaged in these issues? Are there any issues that are so important that it makes it OK to stop others in the street who are trying to make a living and live their lives as they see fit!?

As always there is no right or wrong answer, but your opinion is valuable! It's always good to see what people thing from different parts of the world, and walks of life. If you don’t believe that climate change or the way that we are living is a problem, i am particularly interested to hear if you still think that their actions are justified or not. Perhaps you have taken action yourself and can share a personal story about a time that you took action or joined a demonstration to support a cause. Did you inconvenience others, and how was the experience? DO you think that these actions help the cause or hinder it? Does inconveniencing other people just put their backs up and makes them even less likely to listen to the voices of those speaking, or is this the best way that people can get their voices heard.

Whatever you have to say we want to hear about it! Perhaps you have a better idea or way for people to demonstrate or speak out that you think is more productive? If so please do share it! All viewpoints are welcomed so please do feel free to share what you think!

 

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