Last week a manifesto was left alongside slashed tires in the name of “environmental justice.” In reality, it is ecoterrorism. The tires of at least five SUV’s in a North Arlington, Virginia neighborhood were slashed. The Climate Liberation Front left the following manifesto for the SUV owners:
We have deflated one or several tires of your SUV. Don’t take it personally. It’s your car we don’t like. You are certainly aware of the large amount of fuel it consumes. so we don’t have to enlighten you about that. But either you are ignorant of, or you don’t care about the fact that all the gas you consume by driving around in your SUV in the streets of the city has devastating consequences for others.
Scientists are entirely sure that we are very close to pushing climate change over a threshold, into a phase where it will be totally out of control and cause irreversible damage.
When the glaciers melt, people’s source of water disappear. When the deserts spread. agricultural fields become uncultivable. When the sea level rises, homes are inundated. Result: billions of refugees, countless deaths. It’s already estimated that 150,000 people die every year due to the effects of climate change, according to the WHO. As an affluent American you will survive longer then [sic] most. Those most vulnerable, and already worst afflicted by the global warming caused by Northern affluence, are the people of poor countries. In the end, however. climate chaos will affect us all, poor people as well as rich.
This does not have to happen if we impose a radical cut on carbon emissions. Now. Not tomorrow. That’s why we have disarmed your SUV by deflating the tires. Since you live in a city with a functioning and accessible public transportation system you will have no problem going where you want without your SUV.
The Twitter account for Climate Liberation Front Tweeted just before the slashing spree that the action was “only the beginning.”
The tire deflators caused a flurry of discussion on the neighborhood watchdog app NextDoor, on which one user mentioned that the note left below was almost identical to the note left on SUVs in Sweden in 2007.