Environmental group calls for off-loading SUV tires in rich regions to combat climate change

A radical environmental group is calling on activists to dump SUV tires in ‘rich regions’ to combat climate change

  • An environmental group suggested that the activists drop the tires of SUVs
  • The group known as Adbusters has tweeted instructions on how to empty tires
  • On average, SUVs consume nearly a quarter more energy than a mid-size vehicle

An environmental group is suggesting to its followers that we let air out of SUV tires in an effort to combat climate change.

The group known as Adbusters, which describes itself as “a global network of artists, activists, writers, scammers, students, educators, and entrepreneurs who want to advance the new social activist movement in the information age,” tweeted instructions explaining step-by-step how to empty the wheels of gas-guzzling vehicles. .

Shot the gravel in the tire valves, post your SUV’s flyer letting them know the tires are empty and why it was, and then walk away. The group urged in a tweet that it’s that simple.

An environmental group suggested that the activists drop the tires of SUVs

An environmental group suggested that the activists drop the tires of SUVs

The group known as Adbusters has tweeted instructions on how to empty tires

The group known as Adbusters has tweeted instructions on how to empty tires

“If we get organized, we can bump into enough SUVs in certain neighborhoods to spark reports and spread the metameme.”

The group seems to justify its actions by saying that climate change has been the “biggest crisis` we have faced as a species, and we fail the test at every step.

It is time for us to carefully escalate our tactics in a non-violent way to express the gravity of this crisis in tangible ways.

Adbusters said that SUVs have been playing a prominent role in global carbon emissions and that letting air out of tires will also hurt the auto industry where it hurts.

Environmental mobsters who call themselves Adbusters are one of a number of groups around the world.  In the UK, tire extinguishers claim to have targeted nearly 2,000 SUVs across the UK in the last month

Environmental mobsters who call themselves Adbusters are one of a number of groups around the world. In the UK, tire extinguishers claim to have targeted nearly 2,000 SUVs across the UK in the last month

Some frames can be reduced to dangerously low psi without being visible to the naked eye

Some frames can be reduced to dangerously low psi without being visible to the naked eye

The group was advised to target

The group was advised to target the “rich areas” where SUV owners live

A video has been created showing activists how to successfully empty tires

A video has been created showing activists how to successfully empty tires

“Start by targeting wealthy areas – our goal is not to disable workers – and avoid targeting vehicles with posters or disabled hangers,” they said.

SUVs emit 25 percent more carbon dioxide on average than midsize cars.

Globally, the number of SUVs increased from less than 50 million in 2010 to about 320 million last year – equal to the total fleet of cars in Europe.

Because of their size, on average, SUVs consume about a quarter more energy than midsize cars.

A 2019 study by the International Energy Agency found that they were among the main contributors to the growth in energy-related CO2 emissions over the past decade — by eliminating cuts from people switching to electric cars. Due to its size, it is also said to be more dangerous when involved in an accident.

Vehicles will be left with notes explaining why the tires are deflated

Vehicles will be left with notes explaining why the tires are deflated

Some Twitter users suggested that the emptying procedure was dangerous for anyone driving their car who might not have noticed their tires being empty and for the person performing the procedure, with one suggesting that they might be shot as a result.

Another joke was letting the air go “a great way to meet your medical insurance deductible.”

“You should do this in Texas and report if possible,” one wrote on Twitter.

The questionable advice may in fact be a violation of Twitter’s Terms of Service which clearly state how Twitter users should not engage in targeted harassment of someone, or incite others to do so.

“We consider abusive behavior an attempt to harass, intimidate, or silence another person,” the Twitter rules state.

A number of Twitter users don't seem to like the advice given

A number of Twitter users don’t seem to like the advice given

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