With growing focus on the climate crisis, why do we need to continue to protest and block traffic with Extinction Rebellion? Because the UK Government is still not taking action. More than 100,000 people took to the streets in London on September 20th for the biggest ever global climate strike but it has yet to make any real difference.
Extinction Rebellion will begin its International Rebellion on Monday (October 7th) with a series of disruptive, non-violent events, running across two weeks in major cities around the world to protest against governments’ climate inaction. Watch this powerful video for inspiration and a flavour of what is to come.
XR Rebels put climate change in the news for a full two weeks earlier this year during their Summer Uprising. This month’s Rebellion will seek to capitalise on the momentum generated by the global climate strike and Greta Thunberg’s rousing speech at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York.
In a fascinating BBC report, one of XR’s founders, Roger Hallam explains that the movement is based on research which shows that it is mass participation and civil disobedience that ultimately maximises the chance of achieving political change.
Roger Hallam says: “We do look like a bunch of troublemakers. But troublemakers change the world. When they start calling you troublemakers, that’s when you’re starting to get some traction.”
Ultimately, Extinction Rebellion is a powerful way to make our voices heard. Formed in 2018, the movement has expanded rapidly with thousands of actions now being coordinated all over the world. Part of the controversy comes from their aim to get as many people arrested as possible during events to attract attention.
Listen to why 82-year old Rebel Phil Kingston is proud to have been arrested 8 times in the last four months.
We hope to see you at the protests. Find out more about International Rebellion here.
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