In photos: Extinction Rebellion WNC holds Nov. 5 March on City Hall

Brian Haynes leading Extinction Rebellion WNC march
BANNER DAY: Asheville City Council member Brian Haynes, center, marches at the head of Extinction Rebellion WNC's Nov. 5 protest. Photo by Jeffrey DeCristofaro

In its first major public-facing action, the newly formed Western North Carolina chapter of the global environmental movement Extinction Rebellion marched through downtown Asheville on Nov. 5. Roughly 75 people, including Asheville City Council member Brian Haynes and Council candidate Shane McCarthy, took part in advocating that local government take stronger action in response to climate change.

Extinction Rebellion chose the date of the march, according to a press release, to coincide with the time local elections would have been held before they were moved to 2020 through the passage of Senate Bill 813. “Extinction Rebellion WNC knows the forces that canceled city elections are the same ones preventing us from acting on the existential threat of climate change,” the release stated. “So on Nov. 5, instead of heading to the voting booths, the people of Asheville are invited to take to the streets to demand action that addresses the reality of the impending climate crisis.”

The group made four demands of local officials: to declare a climate emergency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025, listen to a Citizen’s Assembly on matters of climate and ecological justice and prioritize a just transition from the fossil fuel economy. Extinction Rebellion members plan to participate in the upcoming Asheville Climate Strike on Friday, Dec. 6.


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2 thoughts on “In photos: Extinction Rebellion WNC holds Nov. 5 March on City Hall

  1. C-Law

    What a big, fat, yawn…just more leftist virtue signaling, naval-gazing, and mental self-pleasuring, ha!

    China and India do nothing about pollution. Around 300 million people in India currently live now in 2019 without electricity. At least 500 million on the continent of Africa live without electricity or reliable water supply. You dolts don’t think they or their children might one day like to experience electricity and plumbing? Consider the pollution output of those 2 countries alone with such huge swaths of their populations living without those modern advances, care to guess what their pollution output goes to once those people, roughly another billion people, come online?

    Or are the virtue-signalers volunteering to trade places with those in China and India? Would be nice to seem them back up their hypocrisy with real action, but I certainly won’t hold my breath.

    Doesn’t matter anyway, Al Gore told us it was all over by 2016, and The Hon. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said we’re done in 12 years, so eat, drink, and be merry, and die in whatever way you deem best!

    • Brian K Kasher

      What-aboutism is a big yawn and no excuse for not improving efficiency and environmental conditions right here in the USA. while you prefer to divert attention overseas we are building a new generation who will clean-up the mess of your generation that the generations before them. Your inability to comprehend the message of Akl Gore and AOC show you have been diminished to failed talking points. They both have warned we have a short time to stop the pathway we are on to permanent change … not that the world will end in a couple of years. Climate deniers are like people who fart in an elevator. To suggest the activity of humans is not changing our atmosphere is like keeping quiet after the fart. The gas human activity puts into the atmosphere can only be expected to result in change. It’s basic chemistry 101.

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