Extinction Rebellion is in danger of losing support as a result of its use of shock tactics to fight climate change, one of the group’s backers said last night after its blockade of the printing presses. Ben Goldsmith, the financier and environmentalist, said there was “no doubting the need to wake people up to the grave threats posed to our civilisation by environmental collapse and climate chaos”. Mr Goldsmith is a trustee of the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), a philanthropic group which has given Extinction Rebellion £137,000. He is also chairman of the Conservative Environment Network and of the Goldsmith family philanthropic organisation, the JMG Foundation. However, Mr Goldsmith, 39, who is also a government adviser, told The Times: “I wonder if the kinds of shock tactics employed by Extinction Rebellion today are in fact putting people off engaging with these issues at all.”
Times 10th Sept 2020 read more »
Neil Mackay: Why I was wrong to defend Extinction Rebellion. The action by XR at the weekend, targeting the printing presses of a number of newspapers, was simply the latest in a long line of behaviour which has caused me to fall deeply out of love with this organisation. My opposition to the blockade of printing presses isn’t based on the fact I’m a journalist. XR happened to blockade newspapers I’ve no political sympathy with: Rupert Murdoch’s Sun and Times, as well as the Telegraph, Mail and Evening Standard. I’m a critic of these papers, they skew the UK media landscape too far to the right. I wrote an entire chapter once in a book of mine on the Iraq war attacking Murdoch’s media for cheerleading the invasion. There’s no love lost on my behalf when it comes to much of the London media.
Herald 10th Sept 2020 read more »