Why you shouldn’t shame protestors
THERE has been a lot of controversy regarding protesting this year.
In August, groups of people inspired by activist Greta Thunberg took to the streets around the globe in protest, rallying for action on the climate crisis, and many continued protesting weekly as part of FridaysForFuture.
Yesterday protestors were closer to home, at Swickers in Kingaroy, trying to sway people's decision to eat meat during the Christmas period.
Like many other protests, the above examples have caused controversy and received backlash.
People have taken to the internet to share their distaste for protests, even telling us at the South Burnett Times not to cover the actions of vegan protesters, despite it being a newsworthy event.
Due to this backlash, a lot of people have started to turn against protesting in general.
But protesting for what you believe in shouldn't be seen as a bad thing.
There are many times throughout history where protests have helped societies progress and improve.
From stopping racial segregation, to allowing women to vote, and bringing about marriage equality, protesting has achieved great changes.
However, especially in cases of climate action and veganism, people turn on the right to protest because they don't have the same beliefs or priorities as those speaking up.
But that doesn't mean other people's priorities or beliefs are worth any less than your own.
While you may not like the noise it creates, noise is often the only way people start paying attention to important causes.
So, while protesting is still legal, you don't have to agree, but let people peacefully stand for their beliefs like our ancestors have done so often in history.