Extinction Rebellion protesters on a fire engine after spraying fake blood at the Treasury building in Westminster
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The disturbing ideology pairing environmentalism and nationalism
Environmental campaign group Extinction Rebellion has sprayed the Treasury building in Westminster with fake blood.
Protesters used a hose connected to an out-of-commission fire engine to spray 1,800 litres of “blood” at the front of the building, which is situated on Horse Guards Road, near Downing Street.
Extinction Rebellion said it wanted to draw attention to the “inconsistency between the UK Governments insistence that the UK is a world leader in tackling climate breakdown, while pouring vast sums of money into fossil exploration and carbon-intensive projects”.
And protester Cathy Eastburn said the Treasurys decisions had “devastating consequences”, including “huge subsidies for fossil fuels, financing massive fossil fuels projects overseas [and] airport expansion”, reports Sky News.
The group will begin its International Rebellion protest in four days time, blocking 12 areas of Westminster.
Critics say Extinction Rebellion “is, above all else, a movement of students and left-wing academics”, says The Spectator.
But the group itself says: “We dont align with any political party and welcome people who vote for all political parties and none.”
It has even been accused of “eco-fascism”, which “loosely finds its expressions in high concerns for the environment, coupled with claims to land and heritage, and sometimes by excluding others on the grounds of their illegitimate claims to land”, says Fairplanet.org.
There is no evidence to suggest that Extinction Rebellion has anything to do with eco-fascism, but the ideologys rise is concerning those who observe a nationalist element to some environmental campaigning.
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What is eco-fascism?
Eco-fascists are “nature-obsessed, anti-Semitic, white supremacists who argue that racial purity is the only way to save the planet”, says the New Statesman.
Its origins can be traced back to the German Nazi party, and its slogan “Blood and Soil” expressed the idea that a so-called “racially-superior” group of people have a connection to the land on which they live.
“The concept of Blood and Soil gives us the moral right to take back as much land in the East as is necessary,” wrote the Nazi agriculture minister Richard Walther Darré.
Isnt environmentalism a left-wing thing?
“Eco-friendly, environmentalist politics tend to be linked with the ideas of the left, not fused with the oppressive politics of fascism,” says VICE magazine.
“But thats exactly what eco-fascism is: a twisted blend of authoritarianism, white-supremacy, ethno-nationalism and a misguided concern for the care of planet earth,” it adds.
However, the right is still more commonly associated with climate-change denial rather than eco-fascism.