We are facing an unprecedented global emergency. Life on Earth is in crisis: scientists agree we have entered a period of abrupt climate breakdown, and we are in the midst of a mass extinction of our own making.
The science is clear: It is understood that we are facing an unprecedented global emergency. We are in a life or death situation of our own making. We must act now.
“We are in a planetary emergency.”
Prof. James Hansen, former Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
“Based on sober scientific analysis, we are deeply within a climate emergency state but people are not aware of it”
Prof. Schellnhuber, founder of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
“Climate change is a medical emergency … It thus demands an emergency response…
Prof. Hugh Montgomery, director of the University College London Institute for Human Health and Performance, Lancet Commission Co-Chair
“This is an emergency and for emergency situations we need emergency action.”
Ban Ki-Moon, former UN Secretary General
Human activity is causing irreparable harm to the life on this world. Many current life forms will be extinct by the end of this century. We may right now be causing the Sixth Mass Extinction in Earth’s history.
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 – our very health – all are being corrupted and compromised by the human values behind our political and economic systems and consumer-focussed lifestyles.
Extinction Rebellion is an international apolitical network using non-violent direct action to persuade governments to act justly on the Climate and Ecological Emergency.
We have three demands in the UK:
Tell the truth
Government must tell the truth by declaring a climate and ecological emergency, working with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change.
Government must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.
Government must create and be led by the decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice.
Extinction Rebellion [and the people and places you love] need you – whoever you are, however much time you have – to help build a powerful movement. Our vision of change involves mass participation. Together we’re unstoppable.
The world is burning up
The world is burning down
Many folks say: “Time’s Up!” Many folks are going down
It is all part and parcel, it’s all one oily tapestry,
Exploitation, toxins, sexism, racism, inequality.
While our cranky, capitol capitalists, hoard entitlement socialism for their own
the rest of us: tree, sea — humanity — dress in wilted albatross, and weighted, worn millstone
Don’t take it anymore. Don’t pay them for your own demise,
The sun will do, and so will you, Just: Rise. Rise. Rise. Rise.
Christyl Rivers, Phd.
Any person or group can organize autonomously and take action in the name and spirit of XR so long as the action fits within XR’s principles and values. In this way, power is decentralized, meaning that there is no need to ask for permission from a central group or authority.
WE HAVE A SHARED VISION OF CHANGE
creating a world that is fit for the next 7 generations to live in.
WE SET OUR MISSION ON WHAT IS NECESSARY
mobilizing 3.5% of the population to achieve system change – such as “momentum-driven organizing” to achieve this.
WE NEED A REGENERATIVE CULTURE CREATING A CULTURE
which is healthy, resilient and adaptable.
WE OPENLY CHALLENGE OURSELVES AND THIS TOXIC SYSTEM
leaving our comfort zones to take action for change.
WE VALUE REFLECTING AND LEARNING
following a cycle of action, reflection, learning, and planning for more action. Learning from other movements and contexts as well as our own experiences.
WE WELCOME EVERYONE AND EVERY PART OF EVERYONE
working actively to create safer and more accessible spaces.
WE ACTIVELY MITIGATE FOR POWER
breaking down hierarchies of power for more equitable participation.
WE AVOID BLAMING AND SHAMING
we live in a toxic system, but no one individual is to blame.
WE ARE A NONVIOLENT NETWORK
using nonviolent strategy and tactics as the most effective way to bring about change.
WE ARE BASED ON AUTONOMY AND DECENTRALISATION
we collectively create the structures we need to challenge power.
Additional XOEarth Recommendations:
+ XOEarth Rebel + Strike is a call for 2 billion lovers of the Earth to do a climate protest every day for 4 minutes or more – either solo or in a group. Of course, your daily solo climate protests are in addition to the big crucial group protests that you take part in too – that are initiated by Extinction Rebellion and your fave climate action organizations. [XOEarth.org/Rebel-and-Strike]
Give 140 minutes a day to Extinction Rebellion [or your fave climate change fighting organization] to help save your dying Earth, save your peeps and save 400 species that are in danger of extinction every week. /HERO140 [XOEarth.org/HERO]