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- "Our leaders have failed us. It’s time to rebel – and have a damn good time doing it.
Climate breakdown and ecological collapse threaten our existence. Another world is possible, and it’s just within reach. It’s going to take everything we’ve got to get there. So we’re pulling out all the stops and rising up in a full-scale Rebellion against this twisted system to save ourselves and the natural world from extinction.
Meet at Parliament Square at 11am on Monday 15th of April. Come to London to stay – this is not a one-day march. Book two weeks off work, or go on strike. Think festival, arrange to stay with friends or bring camping gear. We will be blockading the city, engaging in civil disobedience, taking direct action, and joined by amazing acts will be performing at sites to be revealed closer to the time.
is the opinion of most informed scientists that human
life on earth is heading for extinction if left unchecked. The good news is that
other species will now stand a better chance of survival -
what is left of them - without humans to muck things up. There is no need to concern ourselves
with plastic or
oceans, because we will not be here to
worry about what we did. We will leave the natural world to stage a
recovery without us.
to their website their campaign: Is not a one-off march –
"we will keep going for as long as we have to, shutting down cities day after day until our demands are
1. TELL THE TRUTH – That the Government must tell the truth about how deadly our situation is, it must reverse all policies not in alignment with that position and must work alongside the media to communicate the urgency for change including what individuals, communities and businesses need to do.
2. CARBON NET ZERO BY 2025 – The Government must enact legally-binding policies to reduce carbon emissions in the UK to net zero by 2025 and take further action to remove the excess of atmospheric greenhouse gases. It must cooperate internationally so that the global economy runs on no more than half a planet’s worth of resources per year.
3. CITIZENS’ ASSEMBLY – By necessity these demands require initiatives and mobilisation of similar size and scope to those enacted in times of war. We do not however, trust our Government to make the bold, swift and long-term changes necessary to achieve this and we do not intend to hand further power to our politicians. Instead we demand a Citizens’ Assembly to oversee the changes, as we rise from the wreckage, creating a democracy fit for purpose.
As part of the Extinction Rebellion (XR), Independent XR groups, allies and protestors will take to the streets. A small number of brave Conscientious Protectors, activists from XR affinity groups prepared to lose their liberty for this cause, will commit acts of peaceful civil disobedience to disrupt the business-as-usual which is sending our species on a one-way track to extinction.
Learn more about their demands and values here, and how you can get involved:
Under our current system, we are headed for disaster. Catastrophic climate breakdown will cause food collapse, destroy communities, kill millions, and render many more homeless. Mass extinction of wild species will lead to ecological collapse, and when they go, we go. Destruction of natural habitats will lead to genocide of indigenous peoples and the loss of our planet’s life support systems.
It’s not too late to change course – a better world is possible. We know how to get there – the solutions exist, and we have the technology to take us to a better future. But governments are consistently failing to take the urgent and decisive action that will save us. If the system will not change, then we must change the system. It is our sacred duty to rebel in order to protect our homes, our future, and the future of all life on Earth.
Since the seeds of our Rebellion were planted in London’s autumn, thousands of Rebels around the world took to the streets. They have engaged in non-violent direct action against governments in dozens of countries for their criminal inaction on what has been described as a “direct existential threat” to humanity by the UN secretary general.
* Roads and bridges were swarmed, and traffic grid-locked.
Die-ins were held, and trees illegally planted.
Oil conferences were blockaded and disrupted.
Government departments were occupied and spray-chalked.
In the biggest act of civil disobedience in decades, over 6,000 Rebels blocked five of London’s Bridges for Rebellion Day.
And throughout, dozens of Conscientious Protectors were arrested for standing up and taking action to protect our world and our future.
The actions were a wake-up call – disrupting the status quo, shutting down business-as-usual in the city, and showing the government the strength of people power. But from the seeds we planted in November, we need a forest – and though it began in the UK, this Rebellion must be global.
If there isn’t one yet, start it. Bring together those who will rise up, and together defend a vision for a better world and a brighter future – one where life has value and is protected, one where we survive.
Further details to come in due time – watch this space for updates. You do not need to be arrested to take part. Please share this event with everyone you know, invite all your friends, and spread the word. There is no greater cause on Earth than Earth itself, and the struggle for a true democracy to protect life on this planet, our only home.
* We will not disappear.
We will not die off.
We will not give in.
Now is the time to rise up – for people and planet.
We’ll see you on the streets, rebels.
Extinction Rebellion (abbreviated as XR) is a socio-political movement which uses nonviolent resistance to protest against climate breakdown, biodiversity loss, and the risk of human extinction and ecological collapse.
Extinction Rebellion was established in the United Kingdom in May 2018 with about one hundred academics signing a call to action in support in October 2018, and launched at the end of October by Roger Hallam, Gail Bradbrook, Simon Bramwell, and other activists from the campaign group Rising Up! In November 2018 various acts of civil disobedience were carried out in London. In an ongoing action, in April 2019 XR occupied four prominent sites in central London: Oxford Circus, Marble Arch, Waterloo Bridge and the area around Parliament Square.
Citing inspiration from grassroots movements such as Occupy, Gandhi's independence movement, the suffragettes, and Martin Luther King and others in the civil rights movement, Extinction Rebellion wants to rally support worldwide around a common sense of urgency to tackle climate breakdown. A large number of activists in the movement have pledged to be arrested, and even to go to prison, similar to the mass arrest tactics of the Committee of 100 in 1961.
Its logo uses the circled hourglass extinction symbol.
On 17 October 2018, activists from Extinction Rebellion held a sit-in at the UK headquarters of Greenpeace, the direct action environmental organisation, "to encourage their members to participate in mass civil disobedience as the only remaining alternative to avert the worst of the catastrophe" and join in future activities of Extinction Rebellion.
DECLARATION OF REBELLION
An assembly took place at Parliament Square, London on 31 October 2018, and drew more than a thousand people to hear the "Declaration of Rebellion" against the UK government and speeches by Donnachadh McCarthy, 15-year-old Greta Thunberg, the Swedish schoolgirl "on strike" from school over her own government's climate inaction, Julia Bradbury, and Green MEP Molly Scott Cato in the square. After a motion was proposed and agreed, the assembly moved to occupy the road, where Green MP
Lucas, environmentalist George Monbiot, and other speakers and singers, including Seize the Day, continued from the reclaimed street directly in front of the Houses of Parliament. Following this, 15 campaigners were arrested for deliberately continuing the sit-in in the roadway.
In the first two weeks of the movement in November 2018, more than 60 people were arrested for taking part in acts of civil disobedience organised by Extinction Rebellion. On 12 November 2018, activists blockaded the UK's Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and some glued their hands to the department's doors. Activists unveiled a "Climate Change... We're Fucked" banner over Westminster Bridge and glued themselves to the gates of Downing Street, near the
Minister's official residence, on 14 November.
On 17 November 2018, in what was called "Rebellion Day", about 6,000 people took part in a coordinated action to block the five main bridges over the River Thames in London (Southwark, Blackfriars, Waterloo, Westminster, and Lambeth) for several hours, causing major traffic disruption; 70 arrests were made. The Guardian described it as "one of the biggest acts of peaceful civil disobedience in the UK in decades". YBA artist Gavin Turk was one of the activists arrested for obstructing the public highway. Internationally there was an action by the XR group in Stockholm, as well as rallies in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Belfast. Copenhagen, Berlin, Madrid and New York City.
From 21 November 2018, beginning a campaign known as 'swarming' roadblocks (repeated roadblocks of approximately 7 minutes each), small groups of Extinction Rebellion activists carried out protests by occupying road junctions at Lambeth and Vauxhall Bridges, Elephant and Castle, Tower Bridge and Earl's Court, causing serious disruption to rush-hour traffic and continuing throughout the day. Similar actions continued for the next two days in London, with one group moving to Oxford Street on the afternoon of the discount shopping day Black Friday.
On 23 November, in a first action outside London, an Extinction Rebellion group in York stopped traffic on Coppergate, Clifford Street, Pavement and Ouse Bridge, as well as holding a demo outside West Offices of the City of York Council. An Oxford XR group blocked traffic on Botley Road on the same day.
REBELLION DAY 2
On "Rebellion Day 2", a week after the first, Extinction Rebellion blocked the roads around
Square, before a mock funeral march to Downing Street and then onto Buckingham Palace. XR co-founder Gail Bradbrook read out a letter to the Queen, and one activist glued herself to the gates of the Palace, before the procession returned to Parliament Square. On 24 November there were actions outside London by XR groups in Manchester, Sheffield, Machynlleth and Edinburgh.
On 15 December 2018, a professor of psychology was arrested for a "climate change graffiti attack" on the Bristol Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) building, and a "die-in" was held at a local shopping center.
On 21 December 2018, actions were staged at BBC locations across the UK by Extinction Rebellion calling for a change in editorial policy, perceiving a "failure to report" on the "climate emergency." BBC headquarters in London was placed on lockdown.
OR DIE - CLIMATE ACTION PLAN = CAP
dinosaurs could not adapt in time, they were cumbersome
creatures much like our politicians, that needed a huge energy intake to support their
mass - again like our political system. Our present economy is
based on giant
corporations, taxation at every level to support the state and
money lenders, living off the sweat of an honest man's toil - as unearned income. There are too many chiefs riding on
the backs of the workers like leaches in society. This is
unsustainable and it's all based on inequitable loans for an
overpriced and under performing political system.
politicians should be replaced with representatives who
understand sustainability and what a circular
economy means. The old dogs that grew up accepting fossil fuels
and nuclear power as being normal, are unlikely to be able to
grasp new tricks that are alien to them. These relics of overheated
economics based on continuous growth, caused global
warming. With only one planet to exploit, growth could
never be continuous. These were hollow election promises for prosperity,
based on borrowing, that led us to the brink.
Cleaner Ocean Foundation operates as a think tank to promote
ideas and technology for a brighter future. Governments around
the world have been putting out calls for proposals to
alleviate global warming since the 1990s. They have not been
successful in fostering development of what we need to prevent
the extinction of species or prevent ocean levels from rising.
They have put the burden on the shoulders of industry instead
of driving change with statute and funding to push for cleaner
STEPS TOWARD A COOLER PLANET
Phase out polluting
vehicles. Governments aims to end the sale of new petrol, and
diesel vehicles by
2040 but have no infrastructure plan to support such
ambition. Marine transport can be carbon neutral.
Renewable energy should replace carbon-based fuels (coal, oil and gas) in our electricity, heating and transport.
HOUSING: On site micro or macro
generation is the best option, starting with new build homes.
AGRICULTURE: We need trees to absorb
carbon emissions from a growing population, flying, and to build new homes. Reducing food waste and promoting
less energy intensive eating habits such as no meat Mondays.
INDUSTRY: Factories should be aiming for solar heating and
onsite renewable energy generation.
POLITICS: - National governing bodies need to adopt
rules to eliminate administrative wastages, to include scaling
down spending on war machines, educating the public and supporting sustainable
social policies that mesh with other cultures.
girl was 15 years old when she started striking and insisting
that her so-called guardians might do something positive.
Although she gave it her best shot, along with millions more
schoolchildren around the world, the politicians and
industrialists would not listen to reason. Climate
deniers are likely to be responsible for the mass murder of seven billion
people, in a climopic genocide built on a financial eugenics
programme to make billions of dollars exploiting planet earth at the expense of the human population.
- Like it or not the Group of 20 most industrialized nations
are leading us to an irrecoverable end. You can imagine
that when these incredible creatures roamed the earth, that
they thought they were invincible. It's hard to imagine these
creatures existed, but they did and we can learn from them -
if that is we want to survive.
G20 HEADS OF STATE A - Z
OF SPECIES - From blue planet to scorched earth because
vested interests prevented politicians from putting the brakes
on. Economics stopped them thinking about the safety of life
on earth. They'd rather die richer, than live, gambling with
the future of our children and every other species on earth.
2, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
3, KYOTO, JAPAN
4, BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
5, BONN, GERMANY
6, THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS
7, MARRAKECH, MOROCCO
8, NEW DELHI, INDIA
9, MILAN, ITALY
10, BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
11/CMP 1, MONTREAL, CANADA
12/CMP 2, NAIROBI, KENYA
13/CMP 3, BALI, INDONESIA
14/CMP 4, POZNAN, POLAND
COP 15/CMP 5, COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
16/CMP 6, CANCUN, MEXICO
17/CMP 7, DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA
18/CMP 8, DOHA, QATAR
19/CMP 9, WARSAW, POLAND
20/CMP 10, LIMA, PERU
21/CMP 11, PARIS, FRANCE
22/CMP 12/CMA 1, MARRAKECH, MOROCCO
23/CMP 13/CMA 2, BONN, GERMANY
24/CMP 14/CMA 3, KATOWICE, POLAND
25/CMP 15/CMA 4 TBA
26/CMP 16/CMA 4 TBA Will they have applied the brakes?
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