In the newsletters for XR Oslo we give you a series of interviews with the people who make up the local group. In this column you will get to know the faces behind the workgroups of XR Oslo, read about what drives them and gain insight in how they work.
Eskil Roll-Hansen joined XR in the spring 2019. In addition to his climate activism he is doing a bachelor’s degree in history of ideas and literature at the University of Oslo.
- It is a very exiting subject! I love literature, music and traveling. When I was 19 I moved to China and stayed in Asia for 2 years. In the future I want to go on long travels again, says Eskil.
Eskil is functioning as an internal coordinator in the Felleskap-group (community group), he is involved in XR UiO and has even recently become a IVDA-trainer.
- I, and many others, hope, believe and is ready to work hard to make XR Oslo grow a lot in 2020. My focus now is to make it easier for people to join the movement and get into activity. It is not as easy as it should be for new members to join a work group if they want to. Many people want to contribute, and we have a lot of things that needs to be done, but at the same time we haven’t managed to involve everyone who wants to contribute. This needs to change!
Eskil urges members who wants to be more active in the climate fight to contact XR on email or meet up on Greenhouse on a Wednesday.
A central aspect of Extinction Rebellion’s strategy is escalation. That we get more members and have bigger and more actions. To achieve this, we need to be well organized and handle new members in a good way, he says.
- Why have you chosen XR as your arena for your environmental activism?
- I really believe in direct action, civil disobedience and mass mobilization. XR is a movement that isn’t paralysed by bureaucracy and conventionalism, which is crucial in the emergency we are in right now. Our escalating rebellion will keep on mobilizing more and more people, until the government no longer can avoid listening to us. XR is an international banner with a wide appeal, which is also crucial. We all need to pull the same rope, not ten ropes at the same time, as the environmental movement have had a habit of doing, says Eskil.