You may have noticed that for the first time in 66 editions, I did not write the Green Issues column last time. We received that piece from a lady who had been at an Extinction Rebellion protest and felt that it needed to be published. However, what exactly is Extinction Rebellion?
It’s Christmas-eve-as-a-kid-stomach-knotting exciting. It’s huge and getting bigger every day. For many years we have been warned that the way we live, use and abuse our planet will result in its, and our, destruction. Most people haven’t really paid much mind to that.
Neither have world governments, leaders, authorities or organisations. Money and having the biggest and best of everything has taken over, greed and selfishness becoming the norm.
There have been many environmental ‘agreements’ drawn up in the past but none of them have joined the world as a whole and as one country cuts its emissions and plants more trees, another on the other side of the world ‘develops’ and takes up the baton of ‘progress’, which means more resources needed and used.
The new agreements reached in Poland recently is sadly just another half step, promising half measures and the environmentalists who were holding their breath awaiting the results came away feeling sadly unsurprised.
Jennifer Morgan, executive director of Greenpeace International said, “Recognising the urgency of raised ambition and adopting a set of rules for climate action is not nearly enough when whole nations face extinction.”
Step up Extinction Rebellion.
The people have heard the facts from the scientists, have seen the destruction and devastation and have given up waiting for world leaders to do anything real about it.
The people are taking the future of their planet and the responsibility of a future for their children into their own hands. People have power. We are the people.
Extinction Rebellion have 10 main principles, as taken from their website –
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
Mobilising 3.5% of the population to achieve system change – using ideas such as “Momentum-driven organising” to achieve this.
3. WE NEED A REGENERATIVE CULTURE
Creating a culture which is healthy, resilient and adaptable.
4. WE OPENLY CHALLENGE OURSELVES AND THIS 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 DECENTRALISATION
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 RisingUp!
Their mission is ‘To spark and sustain a spirit of creative rebellion, which will enable much needed changes in our political, economic and social landscape.’
Basically, we need to undergo a paradigm shift and recognise that we do live in a ‘global community’ and we are all responsible for clearing up the mess we’re in. Together. We have 12 years to turn the ship around, and if the captain is unwilling then it’s up to the crew to take charge. You might argue that some of the acts that have taken place already are illegal, and there’s not really any denying that.
But all are non-violent and XR and those that support the aims feel that the time has come for drastic action. 12 years. That’s all we have left.
Please visit https://rebellion.earth/