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6 Apr 2020

Alastair Sharp, Canada's National Observer

Climate movement adapts to COVID-19, replacing street protests with tweet-storms, calling for Green New Deal & People's Bailout

"#digitalstrike: how the climate action movement is responding to COVID-19", 03 Apr 2020

...For months, young organisers behind the Fridays for Future strikes started by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg had been planning mass mobilizations for April 3...

But with bans on gatherings of more than a handful of people now in force across Canada and much of the world, those plans had to be quickly recycled...

Direct action teach-ins have turned into Zoom seminars, plans for street protests have morphed into tweetstorms and digital strikes, and ”couch activism” is suddenly not a dig at those too lethargic to turn up but the best and most responsible way to protest. Synchronised noise-making from balconies and doorways (a la the Italian and Spanish responses to the pandemic) are also planned.

...Payton Mitchell, a Climate Strike Canada organiser. “It’s a really big challenge, there’s only so much you can do online and it’s hard to post about fossil fuel projects in the middle of a pandemic... 

Mitchell, the national organiser, said this moment — with the country crying out for a long-term stimulus plan to restart a battered economy — also presented opportunities for the climate movement.

“This is a really good moment right now to push for things like a Green New Deal,” she said. “People are talking about a People’s Bailout.”...