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Margaret Atwood, Zadie Smith and more famous writers join Extinction Rebellion protests.

Jonny Diamond

September 2, 2020, 10:24am

Though it has indeed been a crazy summer of pandemic and protest, it’s also been a summer of fires and hurricanes: climate collapse cares naught for our human travails, and if we want to do much more than survive 2020, we’ll need radical action, and fast.

With that in mind, a score of prominent literary figures—including Margaret Atwood, Zadie Smith, and George Monbiot—will be taking to the streets in a few hours outside 55 Tufton Street in London which, according to The Guardian is “a venue known to host meetings of thinktanks and lobbying outfits linked to climate science denial and the oil industry.” Fucking boooooooo.

Smith, who will be there in person with event organizers Extinction Rebellion (Atwood is lending support via video), says, correctly: “The heroes of this historical moment are climate activists: they are trying to save us all—primarily from ourselves. Anything the rest of us can do to acknowledge, support or further their work, we should try to do.”

Extinction Rebellion started in the UK and remains far more prominent there, but if you’re interested in things stateside, you can get more info here.

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