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- Albert Einstein

The Potential Virtues of Civil Disobedience

Kate Byng-Hall explores protesting and its potential impact in light of Christiana Figueres, former executive secretary of the United Nation's recent comments.

Photo by Markus Spiske

‘Civil disobedience’ can be defined as an “act by a group of people of refusing to obey laws or pay taxes, as a peaceful way of expressing their disapproval of those laws or taxes and in order to persuade the government to change them”.

Increasingly, climate change activists are calling on people to adopt this approach in order to make change come about more rapidly.

Christiana Figueres, former executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the woman who led the negotiations for the Paris Agreement, is releasing a book called The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis, in which she says “it’s time to participate in non-violent political movements wherever possible” when it comes to global warming.

“Civil disobedience is not only a moral choice; it is also the most powerful way of shaping world politics.” – Christiana Figueres