We are facing an unprecedented global emergency. Our children and our nation face grave risk.
The planet is in ecological crisis. We are in the midst of the sixth mass extinction event this planet has experienced. Scientists believe we may have entered a period of abrupt climate breakdown.
The earth’s atmosphere is already over 1°C warmer than pre-industrial levels. The chances of staying below the 2°C warming agreed upon in the Paris agreement are tiny.
Recent projections show we are on course for 3 degrees of warming and potentially much higher.
Children alive today in the UK will face unimaginable horrors as a result of floods, wildfires, extreme weather, crop failures and the inevitable breakdown of society, when the pressures are so great.
We are unprepared for the danger our future holds.
The time for denial is over – we know the truth about climate change and we know the truth about current biological annihilation.
It’s time to act like this truth is real.
What does living with this truth call on us to do? Will you die knowing you did all you were able to?
It is clear that the political system has completely failed us – it shows a total lack of urgency and is backing policies based on wishful thinking.
Scientists made clear the implications of continued carbon emissions in 1990, CO2 in the atmosphere has since increased by 60%. You might say then, that those who govern us intend to kill our children and are presently engaged in a crime against humanity. In any democratic society, citizens have not just the right but also a duty to rebel against tyranny.
From the 31st October, citizens of this country will commit repeated acts of disruptive, non-violent civil disobedience. There will be mass arrests.
We demand the UK government; declare a state of emergency; take action to create a zero carbon economy by 2025; and create a national assembly of ordinary people to decide what our zero carbon future will look like.
We are willing to make personal sacrifices. We are prepared to be arrested and to go to prison. We will lead by example, to inspire similar actions around the world. This requires a global effort but we believe it must begin in the UK, where the industrial revolution began.
We will not be led quietly to annihilation by the elites and politicians. We will fight their genocidal behaviour with honour, resilience, and peace, in the spirit of all those who fought for our freedoms before us. We call on everyone, regardless of your political beliefs to join us in fighting for the survival of our nation and for the survival of life on earth.
Join the Rebellion
Extinction Rebellion is a campaign by the RisingUp network. We aim to promote a fundamental change of our political and economic system to one which maximises well-being and minimises harm.