The planet we spend our days walking on, living and breathing on, caring for our children on, is currently, right now, in the throes of a 6th mass extinction. The last mass extinction was 66 million years ago, and saw the end of the age of the dinosaurs, with 75% of all plant and animal species wiped out. This one may see the end of human dominance on planet earth. Some might argue that given the damage we’ve done, that may be no bad thing. One thing’s fairly certain – it won’t be an asteroid that’s to blame – it will be us.
Sounds pretty scary, right? If you’ve been following the science (and you should) you’ll know that we don’t have much time to make a difference. 11 years and counting. And while ditching single use plastic and mending our clothes can have an impact, until our global governments take a stand against coal, start planting more trees instead of chopping them down, and look at changes to legislation that will force big business to put planet and people ahead of profit, there will be no change, and we will sail headlong into climate disaster, ecological collapse, and planetary destruction.
In October 2018, a group of dedicated planet protectors declared themselves in Rebellion against the UK and other worldwide governments. Tomorrow, they will take their non-violent, civil disobedience to the streets with three demands for Government, namely that they:
1) tell the truth about climate breakdown,
2) act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.
3) create and be led by the decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice.
Supported by Greta Thunberg, Emma Thompson, George Monbiot, Caroline Lucas and thousands of others, the group seek the immediate social and economic changes that are needed to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees centigrade as highlighted by the latest IPCC report.
“Conventional approaches of voting, lobbying, petitions and protest have failed because powerful political and economic interests prevent change. Our strategy is therefore one of non-violent, disruptive civil disobedience – a rebellion”
You can find information on how to get involved at the Extinction Rebellion website, or via their social media. If you are planning to be in London, head down to see our friends from No Serial Number Magazine at Waterloo Bridge, for some craft and creativity – don’t forget to bring a plant with you! If you can’t get to London, there are other ways to offer your support, check out the website or social media for more details.
The time is now, because time is running out. Fast.
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