Environmental group calls for deflating SUV tires in affluent areas to fight climate change

Radical environmental group calls on activists to DEFLATE SUV tires in ‘rich areas’ to fight climate change

  • An environmental group has suggested that partisan activists remove tires from SUVs
  • A group known as the Adbusters tweeted instructions on how to drop tires
  • On average, SUVs consume about a quarter more energy than mid-size vehicles

An environmental group is suggesting that its supporters deflate SUV tires in an attempt to fight climate change.

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

“Stick some gravel into the tire valves, unfold the SUV to let them know the tires are flat and why it was done, and drive off. It’s as simple as that,’ the group urged in a tweet.

An environmental group has suggested that partisan activists remove tires from SUVs

An environmental group has suggested that partisan activists remove tires from SUVs

The group known as the Adbusters tweeted instructions on how to drop the tires

The group known as the Adbusters tweeted instructions on how to drop the tires

“If we get organized, we can hit enough SUVs in particular neighborhoods to trigger news stories and spread the metameme.”

The group appeared to justify their actions by saying climate change was the “greatest crisis we’ve faced as a species, and we’re failing the test at every step.”

“It is time for us to carefully step up our methods in a non-violent way to convey the severity of this crisis in a tangible way.”

Adbusters said SUVs play a prominent role in global carbon emissions and that letting air out of tires “would also hurt the auto industry where it hurts”.

The environmental mob calling themselves Adbusters is one of many groups around the world.  In the UK, Tire Extinguishers claims to have targeted nearly 2,000 SUVs across the UK in the past month

The environmental mob calling themselves Adbusters is one of many groups around the world. In the UK, Tire Extinguishers claims to have targeted nearly 2,000 SUVs across the UK in the past month

Some tires can be reduced to dangerously low psi without being obvious to the naked eye

Some tires can be reduced to dangerously low psi without being obvious to the naked eye

The group had been advised to target 'rich areas' where SUV owners live

The group had been advised to target ‘rich areas’ where SUV owners live

A video was even created explaining to the activists how to successfully deflate the tires

A video was even created explaining to the activists how to successfully deflate the tires

“Start by targeting affluent areas – our goal is not to disrupt workers – and avoid targeting vehicles with handicap stickers or hangers,” they said.

SUVs emit on average 25% more carbon dioxide than a mid-size car.

Globally, the number of SUVs has risen from less than 50 million in 2010 to around 320 million last year, equivalent to Europe’s total car fleet.

Due to their size, SUVs consume on average about a quarter more energy than mid-size cars.

A 2019 study by the International Energy Agency found that they rank among the top contributors to the growth in energy-related carbon dioxide emissions over the past decade, offsetting reductions in people switching to electric cars. Due to their size, they are also said to be more dangerous when involved in an accident.

Notes would be left on the vehicles explaining why the tires had been deflated

Notes would be left on the vehicles explaining why the tires had been deflated

Some Twitter users suggested that the action of deflating the tires was dangerous for anyone driving who might not have noticed their tires were flat and for the person performing the action, one of them suggesting they might even get shot.

Another joked that letting the air out was ‘a great way to meet your medical insurance deductible’.

“You should do it in Texas and report back if you can,” one wag tweeted.

The questionable advice may actually violate Twitter’s terms of service, which clearly state that Twitter users “may not engage in the targeted harassment of anyone or encourage others to do so.”

“We consider abusive behavior an attempt to harass, intimidate, or silence someone else’s voice,” the Twitter Rules state.

A number of Twitter users seemed unimpressed with the advice offered

A number of Twitter users seemed unimpressed with the advice offered

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