FORUM ON EUROPEAN CULTURE
31 may - 4 june 2023
European society is torn between eco-activism, climate change denial, reckless consumerism and fatalism. As various climate tipping points are nearing and the experts warn us that time to act is slowly running out, some people have decided to take matters into their own hands.
Already, the activists throwing soup at protected paintings caused an uproar in society. We can only imagine the reaction if they actually started blowing up pipelines. One thing is certain – these actions gather a lot of attention, for the better or the worse. The same could be said about Daniel Goldhaber’s call-to-arms film and Andreas Malm’s book it was inspired by.
These topics sparked intense debate inside the climate change movements – is the time for negotiating, lobbying and “raising awareness” already past? Is the possible extinction we are facing an argument strong enough to resort to violent and destructive tactics that we are normally against?
After the screening, we are joined by Daniel Goldhaber (via videolink) and Clare Farrell to talk about whether we should be blowing up pipelines and what is the adequate form of communicating these ideas to a wider audience.
Clare Farrell is an active citizen, devoting her creativity, her energy, and occasionally her personal liberty, to fight against climate collapse and the wider environmental crisis. As one of the cofounders of Extinction Rebellion her work to date has included coordinating the creative team that delivered the name, identity, and messaging that the movement set out with in 2018, co-editing the bestselling book, This is Not a Drill, and now works with the UK media team and acts as a spokesperson.