Former Extinction Rebellion Warns Against Repeating Europe’s Energy Mistakes


A former activist for a radical climate change group has called for Australia not to follow in Europe’s footsteps in relying solely on renewable energy, which she said caused an energy crisis.

Zion Lights, a former spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion, pointed to “sinking ships” happening across Europe as people “struggle to keep our lights on.”

“Europe is in an energy crisis, a crisis of our own making. Speaking to an audience in Australia.

“People can’t afford to pay their electricity bills because of fantasies based on fantasies rather than evidence.”

British activists say people in Germany “don’t have enough wood to burn to keep them warm in the winter”, but in the UK the government has set up certain companies as a “backup plan” if the country runs dry. said it may cut power to energy this winter.

“No developed country should think about rations telling its citizens when they can shower,” she added. “These are mistakes made by weak leadership with open eyes.”

Transition to nuclear energy

Europe’s energy crisis is a result of countries phasing out nuclear power plants and “doing everything with renewables” with no energy supply to back them up, Lights said.

She described nuclear energy as “clean”, “solid” and “reliable”.

A British environmental activist claimed that “no industrial-sized country in the world with an industrial power grid could decarbonise a third of it without nuclear energy”.

“No one wants to stop fossil fuels more than I do. I have been on this train for a long time. I don’t want to.”

She calls Australia a “nuclear state just waiting to happen,” the world’s third-largest uranium exporter, with world-leading research institutes like ANSTO (Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization) and transformational It has a coal-fired power plant that can. to the nuclear facility.

However, Australia has banned nuclear power since 1998, as part of a coalition deal between the left-wing Green Party and Australian Democrats to pass other legislation to pass the Senate.

However, some Australian senators have called on the federal government to lift the ban, and Senator Matt Canavan has introduced a new bill to remove the ban on nuclear energy.

Zion’s Road to Damascus

The climate activist also revealed that he quit Extinction Rebellion after realizing the group’s approach to environmental problems didn’t lead to viable solutions.

“We were starting to wonder if we had been protesting for 20 years,” she said. Are people tired of hearing things we don’t want?”

“When you’re in the environmental movement, it’s completely normal for you to be anti-nuclear,” she added. , was really concerned about the environment.”

The debate over energy is becoming more and more polarized, but Rights said it’s not a “left-right issue.”

“We may not care about climate change, but we should care about energy because we have access to it and we live a quality lifestyle. We are losing access to

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Nina Nguyen is a reporter based in Sydney. She covers Australian news with a focus on social, cultural and identity issues. She is fluent in Vietnamese. Please contact her at [email protected]