Author Topic: Extinction Rebellion  (Read 8811 times)

Re: Extinction Rebellion
« Reply #240 on: January 07, 2019, 07:55:30 PM »
Humbug! The BBC writes back:

"Dear Mr xxxxxxxx

Thank you for contacting us regarding our recent News coverage. We note that you feel that there has been insufficient coverage on the issue of climate change.

To allow us to reply promptly to your concerns, and to ensure we use our Licence fee resources as efficiently as possible, we’re sending this response to everyone. We’re sorry that for this reason we can’t reply personally to you on each point which has been made.

We have extensively covered findings from the IPCC report published in October, and have reported on the key developments from the UN climate talks that have recently taken place in Poland. In addition, over the last month we have reported on a range of wider climate change stories including new NASA data on the melting of Antarctic ice; a report on a reduction in electricity consumption in British homes and a study on the impact of rising global temperatures on summer heatwaves in the UK. We also published a new online calculator to help people understand the carbon footprint of their diet:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-46459714

To read our latest News on the issue of climate change you may be interested in the following link:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/topics/cmj34zmwm1zt/climate-change


The BBC has a proud record of leading the way in sustainability in the media industry and we’ve set out further action including cutting energy use further, eradicating single use plastic and minimising the impact of necessary travel. In the last Charter period, we reduced our carbon footprint by a third. People can also see the clear impact programmes like Blue Planet II and Dynasties have had on public debate about the impact of humankind on the planet.

We can assure you that the BBC is committed to providing fair and impartial coverage of the latest News stories to our audience, and climate change is an issue that the BBC takes very seriously.

Thanks again for taking the time to get in touch.

Kind Regards

BBC Complaints Team
www.bbc.co.uk/complaints"

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Same generic/ mass email I received I'm afraid to say. I guess I don't know what else I was expecting...

manticore

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Re: Extinction Rebellion
« Reply #241 on: January 07, 2019, 10:19:39 PM »
It is what the BBC do in response to nearly all complaints though, standard PR for a large corporation. The other side of it is that virtually every day when I listen to the World Service at night or in the morning there's a a report on some aspect of global warming or the ecological crisis. I don't watch television or listen to domestic radio so I don't know how well it's reflected there. The News website front page is not so good certainly.

The thing is to keep the pressure going.

Shoulders?-Stomach!

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Re: Extinction Rebellion
« Reply #242 on: January 08, 2019, 08:00:38 AM »
Dear xxxxxxxx

As you will see below, you are wrong and we are right.

Cheers

Kind regards,

The BBC

Re: Extinction Rebellion
« Reply #243 on: January 08, 2019, 04:21:23 PM »
A whole bunch of remote volunteering roles are here, for those who don't live somewhere convenient to go to active protests:

https://rebellion.earth/volunteer/

I swear I looked at that page before and there were just one or two, now there's loads of different positions available!

chveik

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Re: Extinction Rebellion
« Reply #244 on: January 10, 2019, 04:55:54 PM »
wonderful article about the ethical conondrums that go with the perspective of our extinction

http://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/acd/re/k-rsc/lcs/kiyou/pdf_28-1/RitsIILCS_28.1pp.203-215CASTEL.pdf

Re: Extinction Rebellion
« Reply #245 on: January 11, 2019, 12:33:48 AM »
wonderful article about the ethical conondrums that go with the perspective of our extinction

http://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/acd/re/k-rsc/lcs/kiyou/pdf_28-1/RitsIILCS_28.1pp.203-215CASTEL.pdf

Yeh this is pretty frikkin' excellent and could be usefully paired with either Ligotti's 'Conspiracy Against the Human Race' or Camus' 'The Myth of Sisyphus' depending on whether one wishes to read Castel's paper in a nihilistic or affirmative light. Blodders, I think it'd be worth your making time to read it! Thank you chveik.

It does however strike me that the intellectual figures, scientists, bloggers and regular folk of Twitter to embrace this particular form of eschatological fatalism tend to be white American/European (often French or German) blokes and question whether this is because on some level they are still facing the question of human extinction in the abstract rather on the level of real embodied suffering. Would Privo Levi or Frederick Douglas ever have held such a view? (I guess the point I'm making is similar to the argument that it is easy for white atheist bros to denounce faith because they've not experienced the need for it.)

Basically, I think it's an excellent paper, but I'm a bit suspicious of any guy with a taste for both de Sade and Lacan!

Finally, reading it reaffirmed my opinion that Twin Peaks: The Return is the greatest piece of popular art produced in the 21st century thus far partly because Lynch and Frost take eschatological Evil seriously and understand this (at a semi-mythic semi-literal level) as having been birthed with Hiroshima!

chveik

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Re: Extinction Rebellion
« Reply #246 on: January 11, 2019, 01:57:07 AM »
It does however strike me that the intellectual figures, scientists, bloggers and regular folk of Twitter to embrace this particular form of eschatological fatalism tend to be white American/European (often French or German) blokes and question whether this is because on some level they are still facing the question of human extinction in the abstract rather on the level of real embodied suffering. Would Privo Levi or Frederick Douglas ever have held such a view? (I guess the point I'm making is similar to the argument that it is easy for white atheist bros to denounce faith because they've not experienced the need for it.)

that's a very good point. however, I think most of them have in mind the sufferings that their view entails, one way or another. I don't despise faith but yeah, being a white atheist from a western country, I'm more determined to embrace this form of eschatology, as you put it. still, I like to think that (this sort of) philosophy can help us confront ourselves with humanity's extinction (I don't know if it will when the shit hits the fan though).

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Basically, I think it's an excellent paper, but I'm a bit suspicious of any guy with a taste for both de Sade and Lacan!

hehe. for a french scholar, it's not really a peculiar taste though.

edit: have you seen The Leftovers? it's fantastic, and it becomes even more impressive when you have these problems in mind.

Re: Extinction Rebellion
« Reply #247 on: January 11, 2019, 02:02:04 AM »
How does anyone genuinely immerse themselves in this lifestyle, campaigning, volunteering their time, protesting etc without becoming insanely depressed at the idea that hardly anyone cares or is willing to put in any effort to change things?

What keeps these people going? I have so much respect for them basically picking up the slack of the rest of us and fruitlessly giving up so much.

chveik

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Re: Extinction Rebellion
« Reply #248 on: January 11, 2019, 02:08:09 AM »
How does anyone genuinely immerse themselves in this lifestyle, campaigning, volunteering their time, protesting etc without becoming insanely depressed at the idea that hardly anyone cares or is willing to put in any effort to change things?

What keeps these people going? I have so much respect for them basically picking up the slack of the rest of us and fruitlessly giving up so much.

I really don't know. I suppose it takes a lot of strenght, I have experienced a deep depression myself (partly) because of that, and I'm not even a particulary persevering political activist.

Re: Extinction Rebellion
« Reply #249 on: January 11, 2019, 12:09:56 PM »
edit: have you seen The Leftovers? it's fantastic, and it becomes even more impressive when you have these problems in mind.

Oooh I haven't and now will try to make time to do so. Thanks again.

Re: Extinction Rebellion
« Reply #250 on: January 14, 2019, 08:56:34 PM »
The only article about ice I've ever read that made me feel physical pressure from resisting my desire to scream!
https://www.theguardian.com/news/2019/jan/08/when-the-ice-melts-the-catastrophe-of-vanishing-glaciers

Re: Extinction Rebellion
« Reply #251 on: January 22, 2019, 09:49:14 PM »
Brought my leaflets to Unitarian meeting, but no takers - most people just don't take it as a big concern, it seems. My dad says humanity survived WWII so it'll survive this and my gloominess doesn't help anything. Ho hum.


Re: Extinction Rebellion
« Reply #253 on: March 09, 2019, 01:54:16 PM »
Reckon they should be protesting BBC, ITV, Sky and Channel 4 instead of Downing Street, those fuckers holding us back just as much.