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  • I don't think IB are looking for some kind of credit. If anything I think their influence would be to get it more in media and in people's minds "those idiots on the M25" etc. I don't think they're directly influencing government. I agree, it all seems unlikely to work, but we have to try.

  • IB have a really simple message and they’re hammering it in. At the same time as gas prices and energy bills are rising they’ve drawn attention to fuel efficiency.
    In 2019 when XR first came along the spike in climate commentary in the media was measured and it showed a remarkable and sustained increase. (it’s never gone back to the pre rebellion level).
    I’m fairly sure the fact that it’s getting such widespread coverage and discussion is down to this. I notice Glasgow have set up a citizen’s assembly
    for the Cop26 legacy. That’s a pretty direct link to XR’s demands.
    BBC have a climate page on their website as of last week (even if it is only updated and very few days) that’s also a response to XR demanding the media to tell the truth and protests outside their offices.
    At some point insulating homes will become a government initiative but it won’t be attributed to IB. They just got it on the agenda.
    It’s also worth noting the commitment of the IB activists. I’ve done a few XR road blocks and it’s fucking terrifying. To not only confront people on the motorway but to know you are certain to get nicked and highly likely to get jailed demonstrates amazing courage.

  • It’s also worth noting the commitment of the IB activists. I’ve done a few XR road blocks and it’s fucking terrifying. To not only confront people on the motorway but to know you are certain to get nicked and highly likely to get jailed demonstrates amazing courage.

    Yeh I noted this in the article I was reading

    Insulate Britain says 115 people have taken part in protests resulting in nearly 450 arrests, with some activists arrested six or seven times. So far, two have been held on remand and, after routine challenges by lawyers, both were released after about a week, the group’s spokesperson said.

    That really is incredible dedication

    Source https://www.theguardian.com/environment/­2021/oct/01/insulate-britain-protesters-­bring-traffic-to-halt-on-m1-and-m4

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