Brendan O’Neill Brendan O’Neill

The perverse fantasies of XR’s founder

Extinction Rebellion's co-founder Roger Hallam (BBC)

If we don’t cut carbon emissions, your mother will be raped. This is the deranged prediction of Roger Hallam, the weird-beard co-founder of Extinction Rebellion. Eco-doomsters used to say the ice caps would melt and polar bears would perish unless we all went green. Now they’re upping the ante. Now they’re prophesising gang rape, murder and war if you don’t shrink your eco-footprint. Better get recycling.

Hallam’s nutty foretelling of an epidemic of rape appears in a piece of writing titled ‘Advice to Young People, as you Face Annihilation’. He’s a cheery soul, isn’t he? Apparently he wrote it when he was in jail for four weeks last year on suspicion of conspiracy to commit criminal damage. The whole thing is nuts. The world is a ‘gas chamber’ and ‘the gas which will kill you has been sent down the pipes in vast quantities for 30 years now’, says Hallam. Which is pretty bloody offensive. If climate-change alarmists could go just a few days without appropriating the horrors of the Holocaust to their moany middle-class cause, we’d be most grateful.

Then come the genuinely unhinged prophecies. Climate change, says Hallam, will ‘destroy the weather’ (what?) and ‘thus our ability to grow food’. And this means ‘the collapse of our society’. And after that? Brace yourselves. ‘This means war and violence, the slaughter of young men and the rape of young women on a global scale’, says our Welsh Nostradamus.

They’ll take a cigarette and burn out your eyes with it. You will not be able to see anything again. This is the reality of climate change

Remember that this apocalyptic dirge is aimed at the young. ‘This is what’s going to happen to your generation’, Hallam tells them. Then he goes full Mad Max:

A gang of boys will break into your house demanding food.

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