We are facing the extinction of millions of species including humans. Governments are allowing carbon pollution into the atmosphere faster than at any point in history. This is warming up the Arctic and the ice will be all melted in a matter of a few years, maybe this year.
We are facing an unprecedented global emergency. The government has failed to protect us. To survive, it’s going to take everything we’ve got.
“You are called on.
Something is happening. You know it is, you can feel it. You are called on to be part of it.
Because time is running out.
We’re almost at the point of no return.
The governments are doing nothing.
Businesses are doing nothing.
It’s up to you now.
This isn’t a distant apocalypse. People all over the world are suffering and dying right now. Whole species are going extinct. And it will only get worse. The time to act is now.
It’s already begun to happen to others. Next, it will happen to you, and everybody you love, too.
We must rebel.
You can’t count on us or Greta to do this for you. You have to look inside yourself and rebel.
Starting on October 7th, for 2 weeks, Extinction Rebellion is calling an International Rebellion. Together, we will peacefully occupy the centres of power and shut them down until governments act on the Climate and Ecological Emergency.
Leave your desk. Invite your boss. Walk out of school. Switch off the TV. Put down your phone. Get on the streets. And bring everybody.
You are called on. If you do one thing with your life, do this. Not later, now.
Respect existence or expect resistance.”
Links, resources, news:
“A new group of “concerned citizens” is planning a campaign of mass civil disobedience [...] and promises it has hundreds of people — from teenagers to pensioners — ready to get arrested in an effort to draw attention to the unfolding climate emergency. The group, called Extinction Rebellion, is today backed by almost 100 senior academics from across the UK, including the former archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams. In a letter published in the Guardian they say the failure of politicians to tackle climate breakdown and the growing extinction crisis means “the ‘social contract’ has been broken … [and] it is therefore not only our right, but our moral duty to bypass the government’s inaction and flagrant dereliction of duty, and to rebel to defend life itself.”” — The Guardian (full article)
Risks / Precautions
The decision to participate in nonviolent resistance / civil disobedience is a big one and can result in arrest, jail time, a criminal record. Be sure to educate yourself about the risks and/or consult a lawyer before participating.
Tactics of nonviolence and civil disobedience have had big impacts, for example the American Civil rights movement, also Gandhi in India. But the personal risks can be much greater than other forms of participation. For other ways to help build a greener, sustainable world, see also the many other job and volunteer postings on our site.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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