Note — May 05, 2019

If Politicians Can’t Face Climate Change, Extinction Rebellion Will

David Graeber looks at the Extinction Rebellion, the change in conversation globally around climate change, wonders where our politicians are, and writes that “if the government can’t bring itself to do so, the people will have to” take action.

But the squabbling and endless recriminations in Westminster are just a particularly farcical version of a global phenomenon. The world’s political classes are, increasingly, rendering themselves almost completely irrelevant in the eyes of their constituents. […]

Nowhere is this more obvious than in the case of climate change. Scientists agree that humanity faces an existential threat. The global public overwhelmingly agrees with them. Young people even in rich countries like America and Britain, terrified of what the world will look like when they are in their 50s and the current governing elites are safely dead, are increasingly willing to embrace extraordinary measures. In both countries, more young people are questioning or rejecting capitalism itself.