“This is a moment like never before. We are united in our vulnerability as we face a global pandemic. This moment of suspended reality may be our chance to protect life on Earth.”-Sarah Lunnon
What is the Extinction Rebellion?
Extinction Rebellion (XR) is a decentralized activist movement rebelling against the modern economic paradigm, with nonviolent civil disobedience, as they attempt to convince governments across the world to shift into policies that mitigate the environmental crisis.
The XR grassroots, first established in the UK in 2018, are seeking to expand into a worldwide movement as they aim to rise against the immense global challenges of ecological breakdown and mass extinction. Referring to historical evidence, they believe it will take about 3.5% of the population to succeed.
3 Demands of Extinction Rebellion
Extinction Rebellion states on their website (Rebellion.Earth) the following demands:
1. 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.
2. ACT NOW
Government must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2025.
3. BEYOND POLITICS
Government must create, and be led by the decisions of, a citizens’ assembly on climate and ecological justice.
10 Principles of Extinction Rebellion
The decentralized nature of Extinction Rebellion allows anyone to join the movement as long as they adhere to their 10 values and principles. The values and principles listed on Rebellion.Earth are as follows:
1. WE HAVE A SHARED VISION OF CHANGE
Creating a world that is fit for generations to come.
2. WE SET OUR MISSION ON WHAT IS NECESSARY
Mobilizing 3.5% of the population to achieve system change – using ideas such as “Momentum-driven organizing” to achieve this.
3. WE NEED A REGENERATIVE CULTURE
Creating a culture which is healthy, resilient and adaptable.
4. WE OPENLY CHALLENGE OURSELVES AND OUR TOXIC SYSTEM
Leaving our comfort zones to take action for change.
5. 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.
6. WE WELCOME EVERYONE AND EVERY PART OF EVERYONE
Working actively to create safer and more accessible spaces.
7. WE ACTIVELY MITIGATE FOR POWER
Breaking down hierarchies of power for more equitable participation.
8. WE AVOID BLAMING AND SHAMING
We live in a toxic system, but no one individual is to blame.
9. WE ARE A NON-VIOLENT NETWORK
Using non-violent strategy and tactics as the most effective way to bring about change.
10. WE ARE BASED ON AUTONOMY AND DECENTRALIZATION
We collectively create the structures we need to challenge power.
Anyone who follows these core principles and values can take action in the name of Extinction Rebellion.
NO GONG BACK
Governments have chosen a profit over people approach when deciding to bail out corporations and institutions that were deemed “Too big to fail.”
Governments claim they have chosen to take action to shut down the economy based on the scientific evidence of the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is time for us as individuals to take suitable action based on the scientific evidence of the threat of the ongoing “sixth mass extinction.”
Our economic systems have proven themselves unsustainable as the world economy is at its breaking point.
The impending economic collapse will follow with a necessary reconstruction of the unstable grounds and structures of which our economies have been built.
Vulnerabilities are exposing themselves, solutions are brewing, and the impossible is now being made possible. The actions we take now will determine the world we leave for generations to come.
There is no going back.
If you are interested in joining or learning more about Extinction Rebellion, you can do so at Rebellion.Earth.