All my thinking about activism has a tinge of having to justify myself. I’ve always had a bad feeling around activists; a feeling of guilt… why are these people doing this/ Does it mean they care more than me?
Getting involved with Extinction Rebellion was really unexpected. I stepped into the road at Picadilly circus. There were these young people there trying to stop the traffic. One had a look in their eyes that was really truthful. And I thought: “Yes! I can do this!”
The place where I’ve gone with it is XR Buddhists (though I’m not a Buddhist). That’s where I plug in best. I have done Silent Rebellion consistently for 3 years, every Saturday morning. I never want to be anywhere else when I’m there. And you never know what effect you’re having on people. It really does draw attention. It’s so counter-culture. It’s radical; I like that about it.
Helping people to be more embodied is radical too. We need an embodied approach to al the issues. It’s not solvable with just our brains. We need all approaches. Something that makes people stop and catch their breath is equally valuable as all the people who talk, all the people who march, and block roads… all approaches!Polly