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Some people have personalities that make them born activists. They combine their assumed knowledge of things that go wrong in the world with emotional anger and look for methods to get attention. They gather with like-minded people and organize their actions.

One such person is English Gail Bradbrook, who had spent decades working on an array of social justice campaigns, but few of them had gained much in the way of lasting traction. In order to bring about real, radical change, Bradbrook felt like something inside her consciousness needed to be unlocked. So the reluctant flier traveled to the jungle-covered mountains of Costa Rica, thousands of miles away from her home in England’s leafy countryside, for a psychedelic retreat.

In the space of two weeks, she ingested a flood dose of Iboga, a tree bark used to induce visions; took Kambo, the poisonous secretion of a giant tree frog hailed for its healing powers; and had experiences with Ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic brew. All have been used in indigenous cultures for centuries as part of Shamanic spiritual rituals.[1]

After this experience, she felt she had changed, as though the trip had rewired her brain. Now she was ready to attack climate change, one of her favorite subjects. She discussed it with some friends and came up with a name for their upcoming battle. ‘Extinction Rebellion’ would focus on the possible extinction of humans and other species and the fight for preventing this by rebellious actions. In October 2018, the group started its first series of operations at the Greenpeace offices in London and some days later in London’s Parliament Square, lying down on the street in front of the Palace of Westminster in the act of defiance.

It was then that Greta Thunberg, the young Swedish activist who started the Fridays for Future strike movement, joined them. Since then, Extinction Rebellion has spun off nearly 500 affiliates across more than 70 countries and staged protests around the world. Activists of all ages have glued themselves to buildings, jumped on top of trains, and shut down entire parts of cities, leading to thousands of arrests.

Greta Thunberg is another story. She is autistic and diagnosed as having the Syndrome of Asperger. People with Asperger syndrome can display behavior, interests, and activities that are restricted and repetitive and are sometimes abnormally intense or focused. The obsessive one-sidedness that Thunberg shows is, therefore, very understandable. It is part of her disorder. She, herself, does not consider it to be a disorder; on the contrary, she sees it as an advantage.

So here we have two prominent women who form the initiators of worldwide movements that demand governments to take action against the use of fossil fuels. The earth is slowly getting warmer, and pollution is still a significant problem. That somewhat justifies their actions. One might doubt the CO2-emissions are the (only) cause of what’s happening with our climate. This doubt that I described in previous articles in this blog, is definitely non-negotiable with or within the action movements.  If a hundred scientists (and there are more) have their doubts about aspects of climate change, they are branded as unscientific weirdo’s. The press doesn’t give them any attention. In that world, two problematic ladies between enthusiastic rebellious youngsters have free range.

[1] Part of this story comes from an article in CNN-news, December 23, 2019.