If You’re Not Rebelling, You’re Not Paying Attention

 

“If you’re not revelling, you’re not paying attention”Photographs by Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert.

From young to old, seasoned campaigners to those learning to take action, the streets of Glasgow, Edinburgh and further afield in Britain, have been occupied recently by those exasperated with council and government policy on climate change inaction. As the placards read, “The oceans are rising and so are we”, and “If you’re not rebelling, you’re not paying attention.”

The ‘Blue Wave’ demonstration by the Extinction Rebellion climate change group and supporters, blocking roads and moving through the streets of the city to highlight the rising waters of the River Clyde and to warn of the dangers of climate change if urgent action isn’t taken immediately. In Glasgow, Scotland, March 2019. © Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2019.

 

Extinction Rebellion Scotland climate protestors block roads demanding that the City Council declare a climate emergency. In Glasgow, Scotland, 21 March 2019. © Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2019.

 

“Wake Up” – Activists and supporters of Extinction Rebellion climate group hold a picnic outside the Glasgow City Chambers demanding that the city council declare a climate emergency and create a ‘Scottish Citizens’ Assembly’ to oversee the changes to climate change policy. The activists vow to hold the picnic protests on a daily basis until climate action is taken by the city council. © Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2019.

 

A photographer with Greenpeace International for almost 20 years I’m lucky/unlucky enough to have seen first hand the effects of climate change on countries around the world. I’ve seen through my lens the hardship of life on the 1-metre high Carteret’s Atoll in the Pacific Ocean; I’ve flown over the clear-cut lands of Sumatra in Indonesia documenting the sickening sight of virgin rainforest deforestation taking place; I’ve documented the indentured slavery of the loggers working in the rainforests of Papua New Guinea selecting and cutting down hardwoods to ship to China; and I’ve photographed at dawn in the North Atlantic as activists from Greenpeace protest and board a ship carrying palm oil to Rotterdam.

Having seen first hand the problems we face, and are causing, I’m interested to see the actions taking place in the streets, to meet the youths striking from school and further education to protest outside the Scottish Parliament and to hear their views, and to photograph the actions of Extinction Rebellion protesters having their daily picnic outside the Glasgow City Chambers, or blocking North Bridge in Edinburgh. I honestly do fear for the world that the youth of today will grow up to inherit, the environmental problems that will have to be dealt with. Hopefully some of the youths I’ve met will continue to protest, and more importantly, ultimately find solutions to the problems the climate and the world faces.

 

‘Youth Strike 4 Climate’ protestors, outside the Scottish Parliament, in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Friday 12th April 2019. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2019.
Left: Tess (16yrs), “As a young person I feel I have a responsibility to show I care about our future.” Right: Grace (17yrs) – “Climate change is ignored by parliament and action needs to be taken.”

 

 

‘Youth Strike 4 Climate’ protestors, outside the Scottish Parliament, in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Friday 12th April 2019. © Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2019.
Left: Jack (11yrs) – “The Inuits won’t be able to live how they want to.” Right: Grace (15yrs) – “It is increasingly more essential to make small changes, as small actions create a bigger change.”

 

‘Youth Strike 4 Climate’ protestors, outside the Scottish Parliament, in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Friday 12th April 2019. © Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2019.
Left: Anna (14yrs) – “If people don’t take notice we won’t have a future.” Right: Catriona (15yrs) – I’m here to get the government and older generation’s attention to save our future, as we won’t have one without action.”

 

‘Youth Strike 4 Climate’ protestors, outside the Scottish Parliament, in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Friday 12th April 2019. ©Jeremy Sutton-HIbbert 2019.
Left: Artemis (9yrs) – “I’m here to give the animals a future, and me a future. I worry about all the animals that live in the Arctic North and are suffering from results of human activities. I believe strongly in animal rights and they deserve a future without their home melting.” Right: Joseph (16yrs) – “I’m tired of being told to not use plastic bottles, to take small individual actions, when what we need is for the government to do something.”

 

‘Blue Wave’ demonstration by the Extinction Rebellion climate change group and supporters, blocking roads and moving through the streets of the city to warn of the dangers of climate change if urgent action isn’t taken immediately. © Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2019.

 

To see more climate photography by Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert is on his website, Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert on Instagram and the EverydayClimateChange Instagram group of which he is a contributor.

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