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Extinction Rebellion: Why It's A Scam

A recent investigative piece by the Canadian Press shed light on the dishonesty at the heart of the Extinction Rebellion movement.

Note the instance of a man from the Pacheedaht First Nation, who confronted Extinction Rebellion protesters in Victoria this week and was captured on a video. He accused the proestors of only speaking up for Indigenous rights when it fits their goals, and not in other instances like Indigenous people going missing.

“You want to be an ally, stand up when we need you,” he yelled. “People’s lives are more important than a tree.”

“As in anything, as in construction, as in a car accident, there’s gonna be stuff that disrupts people,” one Extinction “rebel” planning to block a road at the University of British Columbia said in the post's investigative piece. “I don’t want to block anybody, but we are at a crisis moment.”

However, Haida columnist Geoff Russ says "Extinction Rebellion’s actions hurt the working and middle classes more than the CEOs of oil companies or politicians in Ottawa."

“I fail to see how pissing off thousands of working class commuters and pumping millions of pollutants into the atmosphere does anything to help with climate change,” said a Coquitlam man who had to idle in downtown Vancouver for two hours during the October protest. “We are the working class and commute every day for work just to survive and make a life for ourselves. Why are they treating us like the enemy?”

Russ also noted how activists at Fairy Creek on Vancouver Island, which included Extinction Rebellion members, blocked roads to prevent old growth logging — which can provide numerous economic opportunities for Indigenous workers.

Russ concludes by noting how Pacheedaht chiefs have supported economic development on their lands "because it will create jobs, help their people buy homes, and support happy, healthy families." In impending this, Extinction Rebellion are questionable allies of "decolonization."

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