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In the last few years, we’ve seen peaceful climate protests turn into all-out civil disobedience demonstrations. Who wants to march when you could glue yourself to an oil painting or chain yourself to the gates of the White House? Does it even count if you don’t get arrested?
This new era of civil resistance is being spearheaded by two relatively young climate NGOs: The Climate Emergency Fund and the Equation Campaign. What do those organizations have in common? They’re both funded by the grandchildren of mega-rich oil tycoons.
There are so many Succession jokes going through our heads right now…we don’t even know where to start.
It turns out that inheriting a ton of money from Grandpa’s cute little oil company doesn’t feel so good on the conscience when the planet is burning. Peter Gill Case, a descendant of Mr. John D. Rockefeller himself (AKA the founder of Standard Oil and America’s first billionaire), told the New York Times that, “it’s time to put the genie back in the bottle.”
I guess we gotta commend these guys for trying to rewrite their family’s legacies, but there’s just something ironic about some of the richest people in the country funding the most extreme climate demonstrations with their big oil money. Those billionaires don’t do anything halfway, huh?
Of course, we also have to point out that while they’re writing the checks and sleeping peacefully in one of their sixteen houses, their activist minions are the ones sticking their necks out. Like the guy who was arrested and kicked out of his university for chaining himself to a goal post at a Premier League football game (that means soccer in American).
Just because you’re a billionaire with a moral compass doesn’t mean you have to get your hands dirty!