IPCC scientist arrested during civil disobedience action in Switzerland

A scientist in police custody for part of the day. Julia Steinberger, economist and author of the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), was arrested on Tuesday, October 11, in Bern (Switzerland), during an action by the Renovate Switzerland collective, the local equivalent of the Last movement. .Renewal. She blocked a road axis with other environmental activists, to demand the thermal renovation of buildings, an effective measure to fight global warming.

“Nonviolent civil action is very important, because our government is not acting and we have very little time left”, slipped into a video filmed by the association. Another video, made by a Swiss journalist, shows her trying to stop a heavyweight from moving forward.

After her release from police custody, the scientist assured that she was “in safety”. “I’m not doing this for fun, but out of sheer desperation and terror”added on Twitter.

This is not the first time that Julia Steinberger has participated in an action of this type. She recently told franceinfo why she has been participating in this type of demonstration with Extinction Rebellion since 2018. “I see the failure of the fight against global warming in all areas of society, in science, the media and politics.She explained. Now is the time for civil disobedience, other efforts have failed.” Since the first IPCC report in 1990, emissions of greenhouse gases, the engine of global warming, have continued to rise.

During this exchange, the 48-year-old scientist also dismissed any criticism of her lack of neutrality. “I have fellow economists who, every other day, say that we need more growth and productivity. These comments are considered neutral when they have a political side.. Neutrality is the protection of the status quo”. According to her, this commitment also does not affect the work of the IPCC: “Most of the people who criticize me for my activism are not ready to listen to science. My activism and the IPCC are rejected at the same time, not by each other”.

The scientist also emphasized the history of academic activism. His father, Nobel Laureate in Physics Jack Steinberger, was committed to nuclear disarmament. Renovate Switzerland plans to increase blocking actions this fall. The seven people detained in Bern were released a few hours later, announced Renew Switzerland On twitter.

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