Jalopnik reports that a group of climate “activists” called the Tyre Extinguishers deflated the tires (“tyre” is the British spelling of “tire”) of fifty SUVs, some in Brooklyn Heights and some in DUMBO, earlier this week. According to Jalopnik:
Tyre Extinguishers aims to “make it impossible to own a huge polluting 4×4 in the world’s urban areas” by deflating tires, with the intent of causing “inconvenience and expense” for owners, according to the group’s website. This is typically done by inserting something small (the Extinguishers seem to prefer lentils) into the tire’s valve cap, which depresses the pin and causes a slow leak when it’s partially screwed back on.
To your correspondent, who believes climate change is a major, if not existential, threat, such tactics, like defacing paintings with soup, seem more likely to enrage people against the protestors than to rally support for measures to reverse the course of climate change.