Christies, No Art on a Dead Planet
On Saturday morning, Extinction Rebellion supporters disrupted a Christies art auction.
The two XR supporters left the audience, and approached the podium shouting, "No art on a dead planet." They were shortly removed by security.
The protest highlights the dangers posed by climate change, such as the record 25 weather disasters the U.S. has experienced so far in 2023, each causing at least $1 billion in damage. These extreme weather events lead to disruptions far more serious than the one caused by the activists at the auction. The protestors warned that the climate crisis is here to stay unless immediate action is taken. They demand an end to fossil fuels, pointing out that climate breakdown will be much more disruptive than their actions.
Mun Chong, Extinction Rebellion spokesperson who disrupted the auction said, "Wealth equals power. There is no room for climate complacency. The ecosystems we rely on are collapsing. So, I ask those in power, where are your priorities? Is that the legacy you want to leave?"
Jim Hicks, Extinction Rebellion activist who disrupted the auction said, "This isn't what I want to be doing, but it's necessary because we're in a crisis. While the affluent continue to spend extravagantly, the poorest are already experiencing the impacts of climate breakdown. The reality is that even the wealthy are at risk"
A statement from XR NYC, “The climate and ecological crisis threatens everything we love, including art. This action and similar ones are the response of a movement that has tried all other options. There is no choice now but to engage in unconventional means of protest to bring mass attention to the greatest emergency of our time. Meanwhile, voting, marching, petitioning, and lobbying have all failed and continue to fail. Yet the science makes clear that we have only a very small window of time in which to end fossil fuels and stop carbon emissions.”
XR NYC has an Art Rebellion Three Days of Action coming up, Nov 17-19th.
Join DE This Sunday for a talk about how you can join this exciting group - and start making headlines of your own! Or at least help others do the same.
“What are our responsibilities at this time? Because of the fossil fuel industry, we are facing horrors of a magnitude never before experienced in our existence. Our government continues to lead us to the edge of no return. We must stand up and defend ourselves. No one else is going to do it. It must be us, if we want to live.
Our methods must be disruptive, and they must be nonviolent. Our actions are evidence-based, credible, and we have a plan. The only thing missing at this point in time is YOU!”
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