Extinction Rebellion Youth and Universities protest at BBC Scotland
December 08, 2019
Extinction Rebellion Youth and Universities Glasgow will hold a protest outside of the BBC Scotland Headquarters from 12.00 – 3.00pm to demand that they change the way that they report on the climate emergency, calling out the main perpetrators of the crisis. They demand that:
- The BBC openly challenges the fossil fuel industry on the catastrophic effects of their callous behavior.
- The BBC makes transparent the plans of the fossil fuel industry, in the UK and elsewhere on our planet.
- The BBC educates the people on the idea of a just transition in the fossil fuel industry, i.e. if fossil fuels must be produced in the transition to renewable energy, we as a planet must ensure that the ones who have already gained the least are the ones to produce them, rather than exploiting the limited resources for financial gain.
The protest has been organised by young people, many of whom are still at school, who feel that the real perpetrators of the climate emergency are not being blamed enough by our media for the damage that they are causing. They are asking that the media educate the general public fully on the magnitude of the effects of fossil fuel production.
The fossil fuel industry is responsible for approximately three quarters of the UK’s emissions, and their current plans to drain every remaining drop of oil in the North Sea will produce 3 to 4 times the amount of greenhouse gases that the UK agreed to in the Paris Agreement. Both the Scottish and UK Governments are allowing these plans to go ahead.
About Extinction Rebellion Scotland
Extinction Rebellion Scotland is a non-violent direct-action movement formed to take urgent action in the face of climate emergency and ecological catastrophe, as part of the global justice movement.
Our demands, issued as a Declaration of Rebellion to the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government on 24 November 2018, are as follows:
- That the Scottish government tell the truth about the climate and wider ecological emergency, acknowledge and reverse any policies that help drive the climate crisis, and commit to enabling a rapid and just transition to a sustainable and fair society.
- That the Scottish government enact legally binding policy measures to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025, including by replacing a system based on accelerating consumption with one based on ensuring the well-being of all.
- The creation of a Scottish Climate Citizens’ Assembly to oversee the changes, as part of creating a democracy fit for purpose and a society that cares for all.
Read more about Extinction Rebellion: https://rebellion.earth