Now there is supposed risk of colonialism within the climate protest movement, Extinction Rebellion (XR). Who knew that despite the greatest existential threat to all of civilization that XR is being lambasted for not being diverse enough? The opinion piece written in The Guardian by teenage UK Youth Parliament member for Camden as well as knife crime, Brexit and climate change campaigner, Athian Akec, noted,
“No movement can be truly progressive if the voices of ethnic minorities are excluded – and the flashes of ignorance and xenophobia we see from environmentalists are a reflection of this…
…The short, frank answer is that the tactics of Extinction Rebellion are designed by and for middle-class, white Britain. Their central rhetoric about a dystopian future fails to cut through for those of us already faced with a nightmarish present, surrounded by poverty and austerity…”
Boy does this smack of the radical left eating its own. Even the attempts of white people going out of their way to ruin their futures is sort of like saying “we’d rather the poor were poorer, provided the rich were less rich.”
How ironic that one of the XR co-leaders, Skeena Rathor, happens to be from a minority background. How hilarious that she hitched a ride in GMB host Piers Morgan’s car to the studio. Such a gesture to her own blatant hypocrisy in efforts to save the planet.
Akec has a point on flashes of ignorance when an XR man,dressed as broccoli, was arrested. Other vegetables and fruits were represented but not all minority fruits. Isn’t that just other forms of fructophobia or lachanophobia?
Akec went on,
…Without the involvement of black voices, the climate crisis movement may slip into being a vehicle for climate colonialism: with the resources of the global south increasingly exploited, while western economies are decarbonised. The west may save itself at the cost of others.”
Can the West help that much of the raw materials to decarbonize lie in Africa?
CM has long advocated that XR protest in Beijing where the biggest impact on carbon emissions could be felt. But no, XR claim that is a matter for the Chinese, who by the way use their “developing nation” status to get away with murder on emissions via cranking up coal fired capacity all the while they sell western nations the very rope to hang their economies with – Chinese made renewables.
Perhaps Akec should look at the facts of the UN COP climate summits. CM wrote at the last summit the following 12 months ago,
“Look at the numbers of delegates from Africa to stake their claim of the wealth redistribution. Guinea has sent the biggest delegation of 406 people. In 2016 the country received over $10.7mn in climate grants. DR Congo’s 237 delegates garnered $45 mn in aid for climate mitigation projects according to the OECD. The Ivory Coast received $114 million in 2016 for environmental aid. Indonesia got $250 million in climate related aid in the same year. Poland can be forgiven being the host nation to be 3rd place. It receives zip, much like the US and Australia. The COP summits are nothing more than networking events to collect cash from virtue signaling Western governments.”
“One has to question how efficiently these millions given away get to be spent on the intent. Take a look at Transparency International’s global 2017 corruption index. 180 is the worst. 1 is the best. Note the correlation of delegates attending COP24 to those countries with a higher prevalence of corruption.”
DR Congo was ranked 161st in corruption, Guinea 148th and Ivory Coast, 103rd. Yes, the higher the number the worse the prevalence of misappropriation and embezzlement.
Akec’s tender years reveal a naivety in that if the west goes down the path of full decarbonisation it will be the biggest self inflicted injury on economic growth that would put even more pressure on the very countries supposedly suffering from climate change driven poverty. Much less solve his knife crime issue that sneaks into his piece.
Still Akec closes with,
“decarbonising the economy isn’t enough – they must show that if they succeed, the green future would be one without zero-hour contracts, homelessness, poverty or knife crime. By framing itself as wanting to radically transform the injustices of capitalism, it might win the support it needs beyond the white middle classes. To tackle this crisis in any meaningful way, it’s crucial activists acknowledge that the groups who are currently underrepresented are perhaps the ones who have the most at stake.”
Ahhh, so it isn’t just about the climate after all. It’s further confirmation of using the XR movement to turn the world into a globalist Marxist state. Just need to get the racial, gender and sexual orientation identities sorted first.
Jeremy Corbyn is your man.