Collective action required on climate change, says rebel group

May 1, 2019

Collective action required on climate change, says rebel group

Students believe lifestyle changes are needed to improve the environment.

Individuals can make lifestyle changes to help the environment, but there also needs to be a collective force for action, according to Cordelia Lockett, a member of activist group Extinction Rebellion.

“It is up to individuals to make their changes, but a collective change is better for the environment.”

Collective pressure could create political and systemic change, she said.

“We’re all in it together. Climate change and ecological breakdown are going to impact on every single person on the planet.”

Extinction Rebellion is part of a global movement and held protest actions in New Zealand recently.

While they have planned more disruptions, Ms Lockett declined to say when and where.

While Extinction Rebellion had some older members interested in helping the environment, it was fantastic so many young people were raising awareness of environmental threats today, she said.

Older people had allowed climate change to take hold.

Ms Lockett said local authorities now wanted to talk to Extinction Rebellion about putting climate change on their agenda, but more protests were still planned.

Each Extinction Rebellion event builds on its last protests, and the group was working towards more.

Climate change was in the media more than it used to be but it should be covered by every news outlet to raise more awareness, she says.

“We need rapid change to avert catastrophe from climate change.”

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