Extinction Rebellion are ‘destructive’ and ‘unsupportive’ of technologies that already exist to tackle global warming, the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) has warned.
Ahead of a new report, calling for the rapid scaling up of Britain’s engineering biology sector, experts said that scientists and engineers were on the brink of solving many of the major problems linked to climate change and environmental pollution.
But they said many protesters were simply unaware of how much was already being done to tackle global issues, such as the development of specialist materials to clean up the oceans, green fuels, bugs being engineered to churn out biodegradable plastics, meat alternatives and even environmentally friendly hair dye.
Speaking about Extinction Rebellion at a briefing in London to launch the report, Ian Shott, Chair of the Enterprise Committee, at RAEng said:
“They are in danger of being somewhat destructive rather than creative and supportive of the solutions that are available.
“If some of that energy could be redirected that might be helpful.
“We now have the opportunity to design new materials and solutions from first principles, so the sky is the limit.”