This afternoon.

Dublin City Centre today.

Protestors from Extinction Rebellion Ireland staged a ‘slow cycle’ along the Quays to “highlight the impact of carbon emissions from car traffic in the capital”.

Cyclists made their way from Dublin’s Heuston Station to the 3 Arena carrying banners asking the public to choose between making Dublin a ‘carpool or a swimming pool’, referring  to ‘rising’ sea water levels.

We may drown in hyperbole.

Leah Farrell/RollingNews

Meanwhile..

Amen, brah.

31 thoughts on “Fuming

  1. bertie blenkinsop

    I’m always appalled by the poor quality of the signs –
    at least the John 3:7 GAA guy got his professionally made.

  2. Zaccone

    They may look a bit ridiculous, but fair play to them. The quays were shown in that air pollution study to be some of the worst parts of Dublin for pollution, so its an entirely reasonable place to stage the protest.

    And lord knows the government could use any prodding it can get on the subject, we’ll never get any environmental reform in the next decade otherwise.

    1. millie st murderlark

      I was particularly disgusted to hear they blocked the Climate Bil the other day.

      All talk and no balls

  3. eoin

    Why are the all wearing DIY dust masks (which slip off if you’re riding a bike) or an outlandish WW1 gas mask? Oh, right, there’s not a single bike shop in Dublin city centre that sells a proper respirator bike mask.

    1. postmanpat

      It could be that having these masks on the shelves could give the tubbys who are thinking of getting into cycling for fitness yet another excuse to stay behind the wheel (and eat pies) and cost the shop a sale of a bike and future services. You can get cool skull masks online anyway and I’m sure the shop could order you one too. Is the air that dangerous even? I hope not, otherwise its the big C for me in future …cough ..cough …agrrahhhh

  4. Joe

    All they are doing is useless virtue signalling, alienating and annoying the public, while having zero impact on climate change. The only and only way to create change is through direct political action instead of “slow cycling” they are increasing carbon emissions via slow moving traffic be they electric cars (increasing emissions from power stations, don’t mention wind turbines as due to their terrible intermittency they are constantly backed up by fossil fueled power stations) or regular ICE engines.

    1. SOQ

      +1

      Ban cars ban car ban cars- more cycle lanes etc expect that does not remove any cars from the roads, it just reduces the road space they can to travel on- but these eco ‘warriors’ won’t even admit that the policy of slowing cars down INCREASES pollution because they are running for twice as long as needed.

      Take a run out to the estates in places like Tallagh and see that every house has 2-3 cars- why? Because the public transport system is so bad. If you want to reduce pollution then invest in public transport. Oh- and a proper joined up transport model with sensors all round the city which controls the traffic light system.

      1. Ciuncainteach

        Obviously people need alternatives to the private car, but these are readily available in Dublin for most people.

        Slowing down cars may increase emissions in the short term (although it may be difficult to imagine Dublin traffic going any slower), but it’s also true that longer commutes will remove incentives for those people who chose to drive, and they may choose public transport and cycling instead.

        I would dearly love to see greater investment into public transport, but the current government seems to think that replacing cars with EVs will be enough. A policy that will result in net energy efficiency gains, but does nothing to address the congestion problem (not to mention that the metals used to power EVs are so scarce and toxic, and they still produce significant particulate matter from tyres and brakes).

        What do we do in the meantime? Wait to elect another parliament with a majority for better transport policy?

        1. Man On Fire

          The government think that the car manufacturers will answer climate change.

          Ridiculous, but a winner for the car manufacturers.

  5. Spud

    Slowing down traffic and frustrating commuters.
    I don’t think this is the right sort of protest.
    The climate / extension movement has come a long way and there’s a massive green swell there for it to tap into, bit it needs to avoid being classed as ‘hippy’.

    1. Ciuncainteach

      What are your suggestions then? How do you effectively protest without being an inconvenience?

      1. Man On Fire

        Why aren’t they protesting outside Shannon? the US military is the biggest polluter on the planet..

        1. Ciuncainteach

          That is technically true, but what sort of leverage do you think Irish protesters have over the US military? How would that be an effective protest?

          1. Man On Fire

            Why aren’t they protesting about the harm the agri industry has on the climate?

            Why aren’t they protesting about the mercusor deal which sponsors rain forest deforestation?

            No, let’s unwittingly lobby the government on behalf of the car manufacturers, that’s a great and meaningful way to protest, right?

        2. Ciuncainteach

          The Agri sector absolutely should be the target of protest considering the outsize contribution made to GHG emissions, as with the Mercusor deal at the deforestation of the Amazon. Perhaps you might organise something?

          You didn’t answer my point on leverage and effective protest however. How do you think they can approach activism with impact in mind?

          1. Man On Fire

            I just provided three examples of legitimate and real issues which could provide a platform for protest rather than unwittingly lobbying the government to look after the car manufacturers.

        3. Ciuncainteach

          You provided three examples of issues that have significant GHG emissions. The topic of discussion was efficacy of protest itself, and how this can be translated into impact. You have not responded to this at all – you just gave three other targets.

          1. Man On Fire

            I provided three valid protest platforms. Legitimate concerns which you have admitted.

            Your now trying to tell me that blocking traffic and lobbying unwittingly on behalf of the car manufacturers is more effective and legitimate than going down to Shannon or Gort and blocking traffic there?

  6. Clampers Outside!

    How about a new car scrappage scheme like what was done before, for the switch to unleaded, only this time, for a switch to electric… yeah? no? ….maybe?

    1. Ciuncainteach

      I would sooner see public funds go towards effective public transport schemes. EVs are part of the solution, but they don’t address problems like congestion and air pollution caused by particulate matter (from tyres and brakes).

      I say this as someone from the countryside who lives 12 miles from the nearest bus stop – you can’t fully get rid of the need for cars, but we can and should remove incentives to take unnecessary journeys.

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