It’s tight to work for a civil resistance organisation. We spend almost no time thinking about existential threads like Climate Change. I think everyone should think about it more than they do. The UK government is planning mass murder. And people don’t realise that’s true. It’s great to work for an organisation that does recognise that, and is doing something about it. It’s gratifying to work on something you feel is important.
There’s catharsis in taking action and being arrested. There’s also importance in going to work; showing up every day and doing the work you said you’d do, including entering data into a spreadsheet. For some people it’s easier to sit in the road than to enter data into a spreadsheet. For other people it’s easier to enter data than to block a road. There’s always a skills gap, and being able to fill that is gratifying.
There’s this idea that if you work hard you’ll achieve a good standard of life. When the basis gets removed from that… I think a lot of young people will be radicalised by that. That could go a number of ways: good or bad. I hope that what we’re doing here will nudge them in the right direction: to hold those in power to account, but without destruction and violence.Ben