Scientists endorse mass civil disobedience to force...

Mail Online | 10/13/2019 | William Cole For Mailonline;Reuters
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More than 300 scientists have endorsed a civil disobedience campaign aimed at forcing governments to take rapid action to tackle climate change, warning that failure could inflict 'incalculable human suffering.'

In a joint declaration, climate scientists, physicists, biologists, engineers and others from at least 20 countries broke with the caution traditionally associated with academia to side with peaceful protesters courting arrest from Amsterdam to Melbourne.

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Wearing white laboratory coats to symbolise their research credentials, a group of about 20 of the signatories gathered on Saturday to read out the text outside London's century-old Science Museum in the city's upmarket Kensington district.

'We believe that the continued governmental inaction over the climate and ecological crisis now justifies peaceful and non-violent protest and direct action, even if this goes beyond the bounds of the current law,' said Emily Grossman, a science broadcaster with a PhD in molecular biology, who read the declaration on behalf of the group.

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'We therefore support those who are rising up peacefully against governments around the world that are failing to act proportionately to the scale of the crisis,' she said.

The declaration was coordinated by a group of scientists who support Extinction Rebellion, a civil disobedience campaign that formed in Britain a year ago and has since sparked offshoots in dozens of countries.

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The group launched a fresh wave of international actions on Monday, aiming to get governments to address an ecological crisis caused by climate change and accelerating extinctions of plant and animal species.

A total of 1,307 volunteers had since been arrested at various protests in London by 8.30pm on Saturday, Extinction Rebellion said. A further 1,463 volunteers have been arrested in the past week in another...
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