In Paris, Extinction Rebellion “turns to civil disobedience” to challenge the next government

Guitars in the background, canvas tents on the road and activists sitting in the sun. Since Saturday April 16, several hundred people have occupied part of the Chaussée des Grands Boulevards in Paris, in the 2nd and 10th arrondissements. An action of “non-violent civil disobedience” coordinated by the organization Extinction Rebellion. >> “A terrible warning”: what to remember from the new IPCC report on the effects of global warming Their objective: to draw attention to climate issues after the new alarm signal sounded by IPCC experts, and while the climate issue seems to them to be the poor relation of this campaign between the two rounds. They have therefore been gathered for two days in the middle of an extremely busy and commercial axis of the capital. Extinction Rebellion activists occupy part of the Porte Saint-Denis roadway in the 10th arrondissement of Paris, April 18, 2022. (ALAIN GASTAL / FRANCE INFO) On the program for this Monday, yoga classes for volunteers. “It really feels good to relax all your muscles and enjoy the atmosphere in all this blissful bustle”, explains an activist present. And the goal of the people present here is to put pressure on the next government. “Demonstrations and petitions are useful, but given the urgency of the climate issue, we must move on to a higher stage. Move on to non-violent civil disobedience to challenge our leaders.” an activist at franceinfo Most of the people mobilized are young, very organized, very motivated but also very anxious about the future. This is the case of Clément, who came from Lille. “What worries me is the risk of famine,” he explains. “After a while, if there is no more food for everyone, we cannot invent it, and that is one of my recurring anxieties which means that sometimes we no longer close the eye of the night”, adds Clément. Among the passers-by who watch the show, a certain number agree, like this resident: “Let’s make efforts, we, the richest in the world, which precisely make it possible to solve this problem. Knowing that we had a COP21, and we’ve been waiting ever since.” Others, on the other hand, grumble a little: “I am for the climate, but let them do otherwise, let them not bother whoever passes by and who works”. The activists should in principle evacuate the premises on the evening of Monday, April 18.