Activists deflate tires on SUVs

The climate activist group, Tyre Extinguishers (tire fire extinguishers), which prides itself on being leaderless, deflates the tires of thousands of SUVs worldwide in an effort to make owning an SUV impossible in the world’s urban areas.

According to the official website of the anti-SUV movement, they have deflated the tires of more than 10,000 SUVs since March 2022. Their biggest action was held on November 28 and 29, with members deflating the tires of 900 SUVs in 19 cities in eight different countries, including New York, Zurich and Amsterdam.

The group described the November 28-29 mass tire deflation as the largest coordinated global action against high-carbon vehicles in history, while warning that many more campaigns are to come.

Activists leave a leaflet on vehicles with deflated tires to inform the owner of the rationale behind this action and supposedly ensure their safety. They are calling on governments to ban SUVs from urban areas and tax them too heavily to make them unprofitable, while investing heavily in free public transport.

It is worth noting that the “Tire Fire Extinguishers” are not only against polluting SUVs with internal combustion engines, but also target pure electric models, as they consider the body type, in general, to be unsafe for pedestrians and other road users.

The movement’s spokeswoman, Marion Walker, said:

We want to show that anyone, everywhere, can take climate action to end mass car dominance in the world’s cities. All they need is a brochure and a lens! Our movement will continue to grow – once an idea is out there, it can’t be stopped.

Governments and politicians have failed to protect us from these huge unnecessary vehicles. SUVs are a climate disaster, cause air pollution and are dangerous to other road users. Everyone hates them, except the people who drive them. We politely asked for climate action, for clean air and safer roads and it failed. It’s time for action.

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