The Impossible Rebellion
‘We have three or four years to determine the future of humanity’. Sir David King, permanent Special Representative for Climate Change from September 2013 until March 2017 and the Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor from 2000 to 2007.
Extinction Rebellion is calling on everyone, climate activist or not, to come together in love and courage for the Impossible Rebellion in August. Our world is in a desperate state. We need all mothers, fathers, grandparents, teachers, scientists, young people, nurses, footballers, singers, lovers, lonely hearts, gardeners, musicians, blue and white collar workers, to take action, come out on the streets in London from the 23rd August or get involved nearer home.
We welcome everyone sick of this broken political system; anyone who’s noticed that the crisis is already here, everywhere you look; anyone who cares. Come as Extinction Rebellion. Come as an allied organisation. Come as a professional, a citizen, or just as yourself. If politicians won’t step up to the plate, then we will.
This Autumn there will be multiple global summits to address the climate and ecological crisis. But politicians are showing no signs of pushing for the change we need. Even Greta Thunberg herself is so fed up with the whole charade that she won’t attend COP26 at all.
Our Government is still allowing investment in fossil fuels. It is still prioritising profit over people and the planet’s wellbeing. The only appropriate response at this stage, where people are dying, is to change the failing system fast enough, is civil disobedience.
The main theme of this year’s rebellion is Crisis Talks. If our leaders fail to hold the urgently needed emergency talks, we will do it ourselves. Everyone is welcome. We will occupy spaces to listen and discuss the hard truths: what does crisis mean to you? How is it affecting your community? What can we do about it?
We will occupy spaces in London, both buildings and roads. To demonstrate the power of Citizens’ Assemblies, tables will become a creative symbol of the rebellion; places on which to build things, to eat; objects around which we can talk but which can also be used to block the road.
The first week is about mobilisation. There will be big bold creative actions. There will be a magnificent occupation and waves of action cascading from there. The second week is about targeting the City of London. If the City of London was a country it would be the ninth biggest emitter of carbon in the world. There will be pop-up talks and high impact actions. There will also be marches with allied movements like Animal Rebellion and XR Unify, which will take place during the weekend.
Why does Extinction Rebellion exist?
Extinction Rebellion was formed in 2018 by very worried people who saw that, though climate change was recognised over thirty years ago, very little was being done to prevent it.
Numerous international conferences have agreed that global heating will make parts of the world un-liveable in the foreseeable future, raise sea levels and drown major cities and the land which we use to grow our food. Much was said and agreed at the conferences but our politicians have failed to take any meaningful action to prevent it.
XR inspired demonstrations by people all over the world have pushed climate change to the top of the political agenda since we came together. You will now hear the phrases “global warming”, “climate change”, “Climate Emergency” and “loss of biodiversity” on most news broadcasts, but still very little is being done to prevent it happening. You can make a difference. You will have skills and interests which you could use to make more people aware of the dangers of Climate Change, and will make sure that our politicians take real action to prevent it getting worse.
If you are interested in your survival, or the prosperity and survival of your children it is time to take notice and take action.
A simple way to start is to do the quiz. It takes three minutes and it’s a bit of fun. Some of the answers will surprise and worry you, but the answers are all based on statements from organisations like the International Committee on Climate Change. Do the quiz here.
When you have done the quiz, think about the implications for you and the people and places you love. Think about the implications for all life on Earth. INACTION may literally spell EXTINCTION.
Extinction Rebellion is an entirely peaceful organisation of people like you, based on tolerance and good humour, and dedicated to action to preserve our beautiful planet and all the life on it.
If you want to design a poster, or stick one up where you are not supposed to, or want to write a letter to your MP, or want to join an action, or want to play in a samba band, or sing, or know what climate change means to you, then get in touch. You can e-mail email@example.com. or you can go to the ‘Groups’ page to find links to various activities.
The action on Sunday 11th April 2021 was inspired by the Exeter XR Biodiversity group which works locally to improve the environment, planting wildflowers to provide nectar for bees and other insects, and trees which help to reduce flooding and soil loss but also provide food and homes for hundreds of species of animal and insects. The group works with local councils, national politicians and green organisations on measures to reduce pesticide use, and change the way we value nature in a move toward a healthier world. If this is an interest that you share click here.
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