'HAVING A NICE MARCH DOESN'T WORK': Extinction Rebellion spokeswoman shares their demands.
'HAVING A NICE MARCH DOESN'T WORK': Extinction Rebellion spokeswoman shares their demands. JAMES ROSS

PODCAST: Extinction Rebellion member reveals demands

THE Extinction Rebellion movement has left the people all around the world divided.

Their traffic blockages have caused hundreds of thousands of people to be late for work on a regular basis.

But if you ask one of their members, that is a small price to pay for our planet's future.

In this chat, Extinction Rebellion spokeswoman Miriam Robinson reveals how she got involved with the group, and what she would say if she had 30 seconds with our prime minister.

LISTEN: Get the full interview here:

Matt Collins:

How did you first get involved with the Extinction Rebellion?

 

Miriam Robinson:

I have been there from the beginning in Victoria. A friend came to me and said, "How would you like to start a rebellion".

 

MC:

That's a hell of a question to be asked.

 

MR:

We knew there were lots of people doing bits and pieces here and there, like Stop Adani and all those sorts of things, but we thought if you put all those people together into one movement with a clear purpose, maybe you could really get something done.

 

MC:

The Rebellion started overseas. When you first saw some of the strikes and locking bridges and these things people were doing, what were your initial thoughts?

 

MR:

We were excited when we saw what they were doing in London - doing these little traffic swarms and creating a rumpus. We thought that sounds like something that might actually work.

 

MC:

You weren't put off by some of the backlash that they were getting from people who obviously weren't so supportive?

 

MR:

Oh sure, look there is always backlash with these sort of things. There is always people who try to tell you that climate change is not real, that you are wasting your time and you should get a job and why don't you write letter to your local member.

 

MC:

When it comes to global warming, there are people who have differing views. You can argue the science from both sides. What is it for you that makes you adamant we have to make changes and we have to make them now?

 

MR:

I used to work for Victorian Government that work with agriculture. My job was to talk to farmers that the climate was changing and they need to start adapting. Save more water on the property, think about what crops you are going to put in, look at the long-range weather forecasts, these sorts of things. That was back in the noughties. Up until then, I thought, "Oh yeah, climate change, we will be alright. Somebody will do something about it". But in the process of doing that job, it really began to hit me.

 

MC:

If you had 30 seconds with our prime minister, Scott Morrison what would you like him to hear?

 

MR:

The Extinction Rebellion's demands are very clear. Demand number one is to tell the truth about the climate emergency. Declare a climate emergency. Step two, act now. Start doing things. Things like shutting down coal instead of expanding it. Act three is citizen assembly. That is a group of people who have the ability to direct the government on these issues. That's what we want. They are a bold set of demands.

 

MC:

They certainly are, and that's a word I would use when it comes to the group. Let's talk about how you are getting the word out. I get it is all about disruption. Is this the only way you could get the message across so strongly do you think?

 

MR:

Well, I have been doing this for a long time and it does seem that letter writing, lobbying politicians, having a nice march doesn't work. What we are doing now cannot be ignored. It is too urgent. It's basically like a smoke alarm going off at night. It's a really loud screeching sound that you just can't ignore but it's got to be that way to wake you up.

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