WHY ARE WE HERE?
Members of Extinction Rebellion Universities, as well as other Extinction Rebellion activist, take to blocking roads surrounding Bank in central London. The site was targeting not only for its importance as key infrastructural roads, but particularly to highlight the role that banks and investment companies have in the climate crisis. Below, a student sheds necessary light on the deeper situation of the collapsing climate, one that goes further than demanding the end of fossil fuels and instead demands an end to a toxic and extractive, and supremacist system that has been causing suffering for much of the Global South for centuries.
International Rebellion London
In October 2019 XR returned to central London for the second International Rebellion, whereby groups across the globe were taking to the streets to bring attention the climate and ecological emergency and pressuring governments, institutions and corporations to take more radical action to mitigate this developing disaster.
Extinction Rebellion (XR) are a radical environmental activist organisation who base their tactics in non-violent civil disobedience. In 2018 they declared themselves in rebellion against all governments and institutions complicit in the ongoing environmental and ecological crisis that threatens the existence of all living organisms on the planet. Adams Creative Media has been following the actions and growth of this organisation, and its place on the world stage amongst the wider environmental movement, since November 2018. With a particular focus on the power of the youth voice and the use of education as resistance, we gain an insight into the passion, power and necessity of a youth revolution. It is the youth who embody change and new growth, and through this chaos shall revolution be realised, with the dismantling of the structures of oppression that are leading us to climate and ecological collapse.
BP or not BP?
BP or not BP? are an art activist group focusing on encouraging our cultural and creative industries to divest and cut all ties with fossil fuel companies such as British Petroleum (BP). They do this through the process of using performativity and creativity to subvert the neoliberal and neocolonial forces perpetuating inequality and pushing us faster towards extinction. By exploring the intersections between art and politics, of performance and civil disobedience, BP or not BP? work towards banishing the petrochemical forces that exploit, extract and destroy people and planet for profit.
Oil in the Water
Global Youth Climate Strike
Emerging also was the global youth climate strike, most notables organisational groups include Fridays for Future, UKSCN, and others. The sheer energy and spontaneity of this has ignited one of the largest global youth movements seen throughout history.