Student - March 7, 2019

‘Cover climate change in all degree programmes’ - Extinction Rebellion demands more attention to global warming

Text:
Luuk Zegers
1

Don’t be surprised if somewhere on campus in the near future, you come across a group of students lying on the ground in a circle. The is the new activist group Extinction Rebellion’s way of drawing attention to climate change and the mass extinctions it is causing.

The first Die-In, in front of the Forum building © Amir Soliman

‘Climate change is the biggest problem we face, and everything and everyone will be affected by it,’ says Malik Dasoo (24), a Pre-Master’s student of International Land and Water Management, and a founder member of the Wageningen branch of Extinction Rebellion. This is a global organization of non-violent activists who want to get climate change higher up the agenda. ‘Wageningen University calls itself a University of Life Sciences, but you can take a degree here without ever talking about climate change. That really must change. It should be included in every curriculum.’

Extinction Rebellion Wageningen’s first Die-In in front of the Forum. ‘Lying down stands for the systematic extermination of life.’© Amir Soliman
Extinction Rebellion Wageningen’s first Die-In in front of the Forum. ‘Lying down stands for the systematic extermination of life.’© Amir Soliman

Extinction Rebellion was launched in October 2018 and got in the news when members blocked five bridges in London. It has grown fast since then, and has branches all around the world. The Wageningen branch was started in January and currently has 12 active members. The group is focusing mainly on visibility at the moment, with ‘Die-ins’ in which members lie on the ground in a circle with an hourglass in the middle – Extinction Rebellion’s logo. ‘Lying down stands for the systematic extermination of life,’ says Dasoo, ‘and the hourglass stands for the ticking clock.’

The national climate march
Extinction Rebellion Wageningen aims to stage a Die-In at a different building every Thursday. The group is also organizing a bus to take people to the national climate march in Amsterdam on 10 March. You can reach the activist group on Facebook or at xrwageningen@gmail.com.

Re:actions 1

  • Theo

    Heimwee naar de nuchterheid en wetenschappelijkheid van de Landbouwhogeschool.

    React

Reactions 3

  • Pro-railway

    Een bus? Ga lekker op de fiets naar Ede-Wageningen en pak daar de trein.

  • HdeVries

    Hmmm... Als ik het artikel zo lees dan vraag ik mij af of Extinction Rebellion Wageningen een actiegroep is of een religie.

  • 6de jaars Bachelor student

    Gelukkig weet Malik als premaster heel goed hoor de Uni eruit ziet qua vakken aanbod en inhoud.
    Beste Malik, de vakken van de life sciences studies gaan over niks anders dan klimaatverandering!


Re:act