WYD: Event can be opportunity to generate climate-conscious society – ‘Extinction Rebellion

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The co-founder of the environmental action movement ‘Extinction Rebellion’ Robin Boardman defended today that the World Youth Day (WYD), to be held in Lisbon in August, can be an opportunity to generate a society concerned about climate change.

“I think the Pope [Francis] says some good things about climate change, and to me it’s very important that all religions come together in this crisis. In the UK we have groups of Muslims and Christians. I want that in Portugal too,” the activist said in an interview with Lusa news agency.

Robin Boardman is in Lisbon where he will talk about the resurgence of the ‘Extinction Rebellion’ and the climate crisis this Thursday and July 13 at the Goethe-Institut.

“Right now, we have no actions planned (…), but [WYD] can be a good opportunity to create a community of Christians who are concerned about the issue,” he said.

Referring to WYD – a meeting of young people from around the world with Pope Francis, which will take place in the first week of August – Robin Boardman said that the Pope will be able to influence people to “create a more ecological vision.”

The ‘Extinction Rebellion’ is a global environmental movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience to try to stop the mass extinction of species and minimize the collapse of society.

Its elements have organized initiatives such as sitting around private planes, while others ride bicycles around the aircraft, preventing them from taking off.

The movement was born in 2018 after British activists gathered in parliament square in London to announce a declaration of rebellion against the UK government.

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