Performative Activism Won’t Save Our Planet

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Posted: Jul 14, 2021 12:01 AM

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Recently, a tweet circulated of progressive climate activists being arrested for their roles in a protest staged at the White House. Chanting “no climate, no deal” in relation to ongoing infrastructure negotiations, and egged on by progressive legislators such as Reps. Cori Bush and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, activists in D.C. and other major U.S. cities promised to “shut sh*t down,” all for the welfare of our planet. Or something like that.

This isn’t anything new. On Earth Day, some of those same activists dumped cow manure – otherwise known as littering because city workers then had to clean it up – in front of the White House to protest President Biden’s climate plan. There are countless other examples of performative protests from these activists in recent years, but very few examples of them actually pushing policy through the legislative process. Not only are these tactics often cringeworthy, they’re also ineffective.

What is most shocking about Sunrise’s protest of Biden’s infrastructure plan is that it,

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