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The Extinction Rebellion Taiwan newsletter

May 1st, 2020


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人類停止使用石油世界會有何變化?

這幅地圖標示了目前各艘油船的位置,大部分都滿載石油。它們目前漂泊在世界各地的海面上因為岸上的油倉及石油管線全滿了。船上石油成了雞肋之物,為保存船上石油,每艘船每天要花上30萬台幣。航運停擺人們不開車,也就沒有石油的需求,這也是史上最劇烈的石油需求驟減

印度的煉油廠上週還在煩惱餘油的存放地,新加坡沿岸還有載滿石油的船隻等著上岸,然而沒有需求這些石油根本無用武之地。

我們要對怎樣的未來?當人類從流行病慘況復甦後,我們從這次的經驗中要找回甚麼呢?我們的油市?還是我們的地球?不可諱言地,各大石油公司汲汲營營地遊說政府,以政策協助,幫助他們以各種方案促進買氣,若我們不趁機而起立即行動,低迷的油價將使消費者失去尋求永續再生能源的動機,進而讓石油產業持續撐起我們的市場。

XR第二個的訴求:立即行動,希望2025年達到全球淨零碳排/碳中和。數十年來,石油大廠公司行號極力推動石油成長代表經濟成長與穩定,然而這次新冠病毒的流行,顯示了石油產業生產鏈如一台失速列車,即便原油價格崩跌,生產業者仍舊持續生產,而駕駛這台失速列車的駕駛,正是石油高管,這些高管已被貪婪蒙蔽了心靈與眼,這次油價崩盤與油船的窘境就是最好的例子,顯示出他們無顧新冠病毒全球大流行,亦如同他們無視於氣候災難的存在,盲目地生產石油。

唯一解套的方式就是體制的改變,這次新冠病毒全球大流行給了我們一個契機!讓我們起身要求政府與社會各機構行號一同譴責石化業,而非持續投資!

Credit: Bloomberg News, Time Magazine (link)

Research: XR International, Bloomberg News

下次線上會議

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我們下次線上會議會在明天5/2(六),五點到七點,欲參與者請email至反抗滅絕台灣的信箱,我們會寄出Mattermost連結,統一在Mattermost平台上發出Zoom的會議連結,會議編號及密碼。這周我們會與亞洲區區域窗口Shanti 討論及籌劃中文DNA訓練,最後,也提醒大家回報上週分配的工作進度唷!

近期淨灘活動

我們將於六月13日(六)與TAO(Taiwan Adventure Outings)合作,在基隆一帶淨灘(註:原訂5/23),詳細地址及活動連結會於六月通知大家,我們會視疫情狀況,以大家平安參與活動為前提,必要時,另行通知,更改日期。

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下次見,

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ENGLISH


What happens when people don't use oil?

This map shows the current position of oil tankers, mostly filled with oil. They are “stranded” around the world because onshore warehouses and pipelines are full. This oil is currently worth nothing, but keeping it in this condition costs about $300,000NT a day per vessel. No one buys oil if airplanes do not fly and vehicles do not travel in cities. Never in contemporary history has there been such a drastic reduction in the consumption of fossil fuels.

Refiners in India were struggling last week to find another place to put excess oil. has vessels waiting off the coast filled with oil. Oil is useless if we are not burning it.

But what does the future hold? As the world recovers from this pandemic, what do we want to recover with it? The oil market, or our planet? Oil companies will be scrambling to get government aid and boost their sales. If we don't act, the low price of oil may remove the incentive for consumers to explore sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels, propping up the oil industry for many years to come.

Our second demand, Act Now, says we are fighting for net neutral carbon emissions by 2025. For decades, corporations and institutions have insisted that investing in fossil fuels is necessary for their financial growth and stability. But this pandemic has revealed that the fossil fuel industry is like a car with no brakes: even as the price of crude oil has plummeted into the negative, the producers continue churning out supply. The oil executives have been blinded by greed and in the same way that they cannot stop producing in response to the coronavirus pandemic, they will not stop producing in response to the climate crisis.

The only answer is system change. The pandemic has given us the opportunity we need to rise up and demand that our governments and the institutions that make up our society condemn the fossil fuel industry, rather than continuing to invest billions into their endeavours.

Credit: Bloomberg News, Time Magazine (link)

Research: XR International, Bloomberg News

NEXT VIRTUAL MEETING

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Our next virtual meeting will be this Saturday 5/2 from 5-7pm. If you would like to attend, please email us and we will send you a link to Mattermost (our online communciation platform). We will send the password and login code for the Zoom meeting there, as it is more secure. This week we will meet with our regional liasion, Shanti, to discuss setting up a DNA Training in Chinese! If you attended the last meeting, please remember to finish all of your tasks for the meeting!

UPCOMING BEACH CLEAN-UP

We will be working with Taiwan Adventure Outings and holding a beach clean-up on June 13th in Keelung (note: the original date was May 23rd but due to the pandemic it has been moved). As we get closer to the date, we will send out the event link and address. However, as this health crisis is very unpredictable, the date may be changed. The most important thing right now is to ensure that everyone will be safe participating in this action.

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Until next time,

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