The environmental crisis and the new environmental revolt


  • John Molyneux


There have, of course, been many environmental demonstrations and mobilisations in the past, but there are now signs that we may just be at the beginning of the kind of global mass movement necessary to respond to the urgent threat of climate change,1 species extinction and the numerous other ecological disasters facing us in the Anthropocene. It is clear that the publication of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report in October 2018 was a major turning point. The report’s warning that the world had 12 years in which to act had a huge impact on public consciousness. This does not mean that we have only 12 years before the end of the world or we are all dead. Rather, it means that, if we continue with business as usual, we will see the onset of catastrophic climate change and that we have only 12 years to turn this situation round and avert unprecedented disaster. However, this salutary warning has had the effect – quite rightly – of alarming people and galvanising them to take action in a new and unprecedented way.