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Burgerlijke ongehoorzaamheid

9-4-2020 In een nieuw boek roept Christiana Figueres, die namens de VN de onderhandelingen over het klimaatakkoord van Parijs leidde, op tot burgerlijke ongehoorzaamheid. Zij wil zo instituties dwingen tot een antwoord op de klimaatcrisis.


"It's time to participate in non-violent political movements wherever possible," Christiana Figueres writes in "The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis," which is released by Knopf.


Figueres served as executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) from 2010-16. She co-authored the book with her strategic advisor, Tom Rivett-Carnac. The two also support voting:

"Large numbers of people must vote on climate change as their number one priority," they write. "As we are in the midst of the most dire emergency, we must urgently demand that those who seek high office offer solutions commensurate with the scale of the problem."


But they note that electoral politics have failed to meet the challenge, largely because of systemic roadblocks including corporate lobbying and partisan opposition.


They endorse Extinction Rebellion and Greta Thunberg. They evoke legendary activists who effected change on the scale required by the climate crisis, including Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., and Nelson Mandela.


"Civil disobedience is not only a moral choice, it is also the most powerful way of shaping world politics," they write, citing scientific resources on the impact of civil disobedience.


"Historically, systemic political shifts have required civil disobedience on a significant scale. Few have occurred without it."


Read about all ten actions Figueres and Rivett-Carnac urge to mitigate climate change


Figueres spoke out once before in support of Extinction Rebellion, Thunberg and civil disobedience, last April during ER's London strikes.


Jeff McMahon

Bron: The Transnational