Extinction Rebellion will be doing everything it can to ensure that the Climate and Ecological Emergency is the defining issue of this General Election.
We are planning Britain’s largest ever campaign of nonviolent mass civil disobedience during a general election.
According to a landmark IPCC report, we have less than 18 months to make the necessary changes to keep our planet below 1.5C warming. This election is therefore our last chance to prevent climate catastrophe.
As a non-partisan movement we will highlight the need for a Citizens’ Assembly as the vehicle to move beyond the political gridlock on this most vital of emergencies.
Up and down the country, we are calling upon people to ask their local parliamentary candidates to pledge to introduce the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill, more commonly referred to as the ‘Three Demands Bill’, if they are elected.
According to a recent survey, two thirds of Britons say climate change will affect their vote. Public concern about our rapidly destabilising climate and the mass extinction of the biodiversity we rely on for our survival is now at record levels.
As winter begins to bite, Extinction Rebellion activists will engage in creative, powerful and imaginative acts of rebellion to highlight the ultimate crisis of our time and catapult the Climate and Ecological Emergency to the top of the political agenda.
This is an historic moment and we must ask ourselves, if the science is telling us that we could lose everything – what would you do?
More to follow.
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About Extinction Rebellion
Time has almost entirely run out to address the ecological crisis which is upon us, including the 6th mass species extinction, global pollution, and abrupt, runaway climate change. Societal collapse and mass death are seen as inevitable by scientists and other credible voices, with human extinction also a possibility, if rapid action is not taken.
Extinction Rebellion believes it is a citizen’s duty to rebel, using peaceful civil disobedience, when faced with criminal inactivity by their Government.
Extinction Rebellion’s key demands are:
- 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.
What Emergency? | Extinction Rebellion in Numbers |This Is Not A Drill: An Extinction Rebellion Handbook | What is a citizens’ assembly?
About citizens’ assemblies and the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill
Citizens’ assemblies were not invented by XR. They have been tried and tested in many countries, including the UK. To find out more, visit our citizens’ assemblies page.
Our Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill needs brave MPs to make the most important decision of their careers and table it. To find more about what’s in the Bill and why we have created one, read on after the Three Demands on our Demands page.
- In the UK, come to one of our events, join the Rebellion Network and let us know how you can help out.
- Start a group where you are: in the UK or around the world.
- Find your local group.
- Check out the International XR website, with links to the French, German, Italian and UK websites.
- And while your time and energy are of most importance, if you are financially able to donate money, see our crowdfunder.
About Rising Up!
Extinction Rebellion emerged from the Rising Up! network, which promotes a fundamental change of our political and economic system to one which maximises well-being and minimises harm. Change needs to be nurtured in a culture of reverence, gratitude and inclusion while the tools of civil disobedience and direct action are used to express our collective power.
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