Eco-activism is on the rise, and it's bordering on cultish at this point.
With Greta Thunberg at their head, climate change activists have been taking things to a whole new level of weird lately, as evidenced by a group calling themselves "Extinction Rebellion."
According to Extinction Rebellion's website:
Our world is in crisis. Life itself is under threat. Yet every crisis contains the possibility of transformation. Across the world, heralded by the young, people are waking up and coming together.
We hear history calling to us from the future. We catch glimpses of a new world of love, respect and regeneration, where we have restored the intricate web of all life. It’s a future that’s inside us all – located in the fierce love we carry for our children, in our urge to help a stranger in distress, in our wish to forgive, even when that seems too much to ask.
And so we rebel for this, calling in joy, creativity and beauty. We rise in the name of truth and withdraw our consent for ecocide, oppression and patriarchy. We rise up for a world where power is shared for regeneration, repair and reconciliation. We rise for love in its ultimate wisdom. Our vision stretches beyond our own lifespan, to a horizon dedicated to future generations and the restoration of our planet’s integrity.
Together, our rebellion is the gift this world needs. We are XR and you are us.
Professing to believe in the doctrine of humanity's responsibility for impending global doom, Extinction Rebellion has been putting on quite theatrical protests to lecture us all on our sinful greed that is killing the planet.
Take this for example:
Yet, it appears that Extinction Rebellion's demonstrations may be just that - a show.
German politician Alice Weidel posted video proof of what is alleged to be a diesel generator hiding in wooden pallets and scrap that was powering their camp!
Here's the clip on Twitter:
(Translates to: “What is #ExtinctionRebellion actually doing in this camp?”)
More on this from U.K. Express:
Unverified footage has emerged of an Extinction Rebellion camp that claims to be in Berlin using what appears to be a diesel generator for power. The large machine was covered by wooden pallets in an apparent attempt to hide it despite the loud whirring noise. The original footage was posted by German politician Alice Weidel. Sharing the clip, which has been viewed a total of 1.3 million times on Twitter, with her 81.3 thousand followers, Ms Weidel claimed: "What is #ExtinctionRebellion actually doing in this camp?" She accompanied the tweet with the hashtag "#BerlinBlockieren", which is being used by the climate activists in the German capital for their demonstration blitz.
If true, this wouldn't be the first time Extinction Rebellion has been accused of hypocrisy.
It's no wonder professor and sociologist Frank Furedi has branded the group as "a carnival for middle classes who love to dress up as activists.”
From his RT op-ed:
The ease with which Extinction Rebellion has succeeded in occupying the moral high ground has little to do with the quality of their arguments and the strength of their case. In all but name, the political establishments of the western world have given up the attempt to exercise moral authority. The elite no longer upholds the values of their ancestors and is all too aware of its loss of legitimacy. It no longer believes in itself and is evidently prepared to be flagellated by its environmentalist critics. In turn Extinction Rebellion knows that when it instructs its posh friends to jump, their answer is likely to be ‘How High’!
A lot of people on the streets of London and elsewhere are of course really miffed and angry about the way this carnival of reaction has disrupted to their life. In private conversations they murmur and swear at ‘these wastrels’. But as long as the performers enjoy backing of the media, the cultural elites, a significant section of the political establishment, and of course the all-important celebrities, their voice can be safely ignored by the protesters.