Extinction Rebellion

Extinction Rebellion and Climate Change Activism

Oscar Berglund, Alix Dietzel, Manu Maunganidze and Olivia Sweeney

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Thu 21 January 2021

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Extinction Rebellion and Climate Change Activism

Oscar Berglund, Alix Dietzel, Manu Maunganidze and Olivia Sweeney

Extinction Rebellion
Thu 21 January 2021,

Online

What is the role of non-violent civil disobedience in securing environmental justice?

Extinction Rebellion (XR) uses non-violent civil disobedience to persuade governments to act justly on the climate and ecological emergencies. It’s been a controversial approach.

Oscar Berglund and Daniel Schmidt’s new book, Extinction Rebellion and Climate Change Activism: Breaking the Law to Change the World, summarises and critiques XR as a social movement organisation, engaging with key issues surrounding its analysis, strategy and tactics. They suggest that XR has an underdeveloped and apolitical view of the kind of change necessary to address climate change, and that while this enables the building of broad movements, it is also an obstacle to achieving the systemic change that XR is aiming for.

Extinction Rebellion and Climate Change Activism analyses different forms of protest and the role of civil disobedience in their respective success or failure; democratic demands and practices; and activist engagement with the political economy of climate change. It engages with a range of perspectives that address law-breaking in protest and participatory forms of democracy.

Oscar Berglund discusses XR and civil disobedience with Dr Alix Dietzel (Lecturer in Politics, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol), Manu Maunganidze (Diversity Facilitator: Environment, Education and Culture) and Olivia Sweeney (Black and Green Ambassador). Andrew Kelly, director of Festival of Ideas, will chair. There will be time for questions, discussion, reflection and an opportunity to buy a copy of the book using a discount code provided at the end of the event

This event is organised in partnership with Cabot Institute for the Environment and will be recorded. It is part of a series that Festival of Ideas is running with many partners through 2020/2021 on the future of democracy and free speech as part of the English PEN Common Currency programme.

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