Extinction Rebellion: Are you ready to rebel?
by Maya Comely
What's Going On Here?
On Monday 7th October (this coming Monday), thousands of Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists will be hitting the streets around the world to demand climate and ecological justice.
What Does This Mean?
Thought you were done with your climate activism? Think again! You probably heard about them causing havoc in April e.g. by glueing themselves to various buildings or flashing their bare bots in the Commons 🙈. Yep, XR is calling another International Rebellion!
While many brave XR protesters face London courts this week, the rebel’s next wave of demonstrations are about to kick off - across 60 cities worldwide. In London, they aim to peacefully occupy 12 sites around Westminster for two weeks (see map below) - or for as long as it takes for the government to act…
They are expecting the protests to be three times the size of April's, so keep that placard out - it’s going to be mahoosive!
Why Should We Care?
XR’s approach is to use mass ‘non-violent direct action and civil disobedience’ to put pressure on the government, and it works! Amazingly, the UK Parliament declared a ‘Climate Emergency’ shortly after the last rebellion in April. This was great for publicity and generally raising awareness, but without urgent and decisive action to back it up - it’s pretty damn meaningless.
We spoke to Doro, 71, grandmother of five, who was arrested during the last rebellion and is awaiting trial:
"I feel frightened when I think about the climate emergency, I am frightened for my children and grandchildren. We need to rebel because this government is not doing anything, they are business as usual. Humans just need to realise they are part of the ecosystem they are not above it - they have to be part of it.” - Doro, 71
If Doro’s wise words don’t get you inspired, well - maybe give Greta’s helpline a ring 😂.
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