2021 ISSUE 01: Survival
Cities can be the place of dreams. Increasingly diverse groups are moving to cities to pursue different aspirations, collaborate and innovate. But cities can just as easily become flashpoints where different opinions clash; places of disappointment, anger and fear as decisions made by people in power leave different groups disadvantaged and even threaten their survival.
1. How do you think the people in the video are feeling?
2. Have you ever felt the need to protest against something?
RESPONSES FROM AROUND THE WORLD
“What will our future generations say, that we didn’t raise our voice? That’s why we’re sitting on the street, to save our land for our grandsons.”
“I don’t really speak up in groups unless I really need to. The reason why I’m speaking up is because the climate crisis is pressing.”
“While it is good that more people support the cause [on the Internet] . . . physical presence is important as it offers infallible proof to the people who dismiss us as “trolls” or “children who do not know any better”, that we are not simply “a minority” since there are so many of us”.
3. What are your views on public protests?
“It’s very painful because doing my duty means keeping law and order in the country and stopping violence but my own children are also a part of the protests.”
“A lot of the time people say to the have-nots “protests are not the right way to handle things.” But we need to remember that when you are a have and when you are a have-not you see the world in very different ways.”
“Even more important are the conversations that the protests should lead to. Every decision we make will have trade-offs and people losing out. Both sides need to be clear about what they want and also be open to truly understanding each other as well.”