- Choose a conflict that exists today
- Explain: Participants, conflict and objective
- Find a poem, text, song, article, text, etc. which talks about the conflict.
- Suggest a solution
Conflict: Climate activist clash with French police
French police used riot shields and pepper spray to clear scores of climate activists blocking a bridge over the Seine in Paris on Friday 28, as the city sweltered under a record-breaking heatwave that many blame on global warming. Protesters blocked traffic on the Pont de Sully bridge in the center of the city, the latest surge of climate activism across northern and western Europe. “We are trying to make people aware of the ecological problems that are a symptom of the system,” said Sophia Karpenko, a French neuroscientist and spokeswoman with Extinction Rebellion.A police officer at the scene estimated that some 90 protesters had taken part, while Extinction Rebellion put the number at 200. Two people were briefly detained but no arrests were made, protesters said. There were no reports of injuries. Extinction Rebellion describes itself as a non-violent direct-action group. It has carried out a number of high-profile protests in London, including disrupting road and rail travel as part of its efforts to raise awareness of climate change.Last week, the group disrupted an advertising industry festival in the French Riviera city of Cannes, staging sit-ins and banner drops to urge executives to focus more of their efforts on the climate crisis. In March, tens of thousands of climate activists marched through Paris, although their protests were overshadowed by much larger and sometimes violent demonstrations by the Gilets Jaunes, a social movement opposed to President Emmanuel Macron.Public unease over climate change has increased markedly over the past year following a series of worrying reports from climate scientists about the impact of global warming.
This is a video of the French People being Pepper Sprayed by the police:
Solution: In my opinion, a possible solution is that the French government start taking action and applying methods to prevent extreme global warming to happen. For example, one use-plastics are actually one of the main factors that cause global warming to happen. In order to prevent this from happening the state needs to gradually reduce and finally eliminate this products that not only damages the earth and the animals but the humans as well. Moreove, this could be done by stopping the production of plastic bags and straws as the majority of these end up in the ocean and push global warming to happen. Finally, by doing this it would benefit the world, please the activists, reduce violence, put the government in a better position and break the cycle which is leading us to extreme heat.