Extinction Rebellion has brought the fight for climate justice to a next level, and the proof is that a few days ago the UK parliament unanimously approved the motion for Climate Emergency. These climate activists don’t lack originality to disrupt the status quo, this time they have pushed our Governments to “Tell the Truth”. Avoiding our sixth mass extinction is the goal, and there is a lot of room for you to get involved – think: 80 cities in 33 countries. Not even the over 1,130 detentions happened in the rebel month of April in London will stop them. And neither it will stop us. It’s never been better timing to face Climate Emergency together.
Extinction Rebellion a socio-political international movement which uses non-violent civil disobedience to protest for climate justice. The goal is clear: avoiding our extinction and ecological collapse.
This group has recognised the fact that we are facing an unprecedented global emergency and is acting on climate change because our leaders are failing to act on our behalf.
Life on Earth is in crisis: scientists agree we have entered a period of abrupt climate breakdown, biodiversity loss, and the risk of suffering what would be our sixth mass extinction (in roughly 540 million years).
For sure the Extinction Rebellion movement doesn’t lack originality. In 2018 they blocked five major bridges across the Thames. They planted trees in the middle of Parliament Square, and dug a hole there to bury a coffin representing our future. They super-glued themselves to the gates of Buckingham Palace as we read a letter to the Queen.
A Rebel month April 2019 in London
Starting this recent 15th of April in London city, and for 11 days, hundreds of activists have taken the streets, forming human blockades across roads and in the central business district. Targeting the financial sector of the UK’s capital was key since the economic system is part of the problem.We’ve tried petitions, marches, letters, reports, papers, meetings, even direct actions. Governments prioritise the short term interests of the economic elites, so to get their attention, we have to disrupt the economy. They have… Click To Tweet
Extinction Rebellion activists blocked five of the London busiest and most iconic locations around the clock in a non-violent, peaceful act of rebellion. These were Marble Arch, Oxford Circus, Waterloo Bridge, Parliament Square.
Some of the climate change activists’ brilliant strategies were to glue themselves the entrances of the London Stock Exchange wearing LED signs saying “Climate emergency”, “Tell the truth” and “You can’t eat money”.
Protesters glue their hands to the ground outside the London Stock Exchange building. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Reuters
Extinction Rebellion, raising like the oceans
You probably have already seen the pink boat with a slogan “tell the truth”. The first demand of Extinction Rebellion is that the Government and other institutions must tell the truth and declare a Climate and Ecological Emergency.
“Now it is time to bring this telling of the truth to communities around London, the regions and nations of the UK, and internationally. In this age of misinformation, there is power in telling the truth.” XR, Extinction Rebellion
A truth that has already been told by the most well-known scientists.
It’s time for the governments to tell the truth about the scale of the ecological crisis by declaring a climate emergency, working with other groups and institutions to communicate the urgent need for change.
International Extinction Rebellion
Extinction Rebellion supporters around the world have held a series of mass die-ins to highlight the risk of the human race becoming extinct as a result of climate change. The environmental protesters lie on the ground at transport hubs, venues and shopping centres. Quite metaphoric when about 300 people join a protest beneath Dippy the dinosaur at Kelvingrove art gallery and museum in Glasgow.
The support for Extinction Rebellion has quadrupled in the past nine days as public concern about the scale of the ecological crisis grows.
Police deployment took place in London city, arresting a total of 1,130 environmental activists. Those taken into custody weren’t worried, in fact, they were proud to have it on the records just “for defending life on Earth, and trying to avoid our mass extinction.”
Today, the activists have taken the streets and raised the alarm in more than 80 cities in 33 countries.
The warnings we must listen
At the end of 2018, the UN Secretary-General warned us that “Humanity and life on Earth now face a ‘direct existential threat” and requested “The world must act swiftly and robustly to keep global warming under 1.5°C and try to avoid utterly catastrophic impacts”.
The air we breathe, the water we drink, the earth we plant in, the food we eat, and the beauty and diversity of nature that nourishes our psychological well-being, all are being corrupted and compromised by the political and economic systems that promote and support our modern, consumer-focused lifestyles.
The truth is that there are solutions to this Climate crisis, which start by stop burning fossil fuels and take advantage of the already invented renewable energies; electric cars, which has never been easier to embrace since Tesla recently opened up their patents. It is, in fact, a matter of choice: do we want to stay on this planet or invest the little resources left to go to Mars next?
We must act now for Climate Emergency
And the good news is that countries all over the world now have Extinction Rebellion groups springing up, from the Solomon Islands to Australia, from Spain to South Africa, the US to India. 80 cities, in 33 countries.
Rebels are organising talks, events and demonstrations all the time.
So come and join the Extinction Rebellion. Rebel for life. For the planet. For our children’s children’s futures. There is so much work to be done. It’s time to face the emergency.
“We are the ones we’ve been waiting for” 2018 Extinction Rebellion
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