Arts Outreach

[reposted from the arts group 27/10/2018]

Dear artists,

We are planning a rebellion against the government this autumn.
We are looking for support.

We are in an Ecological crisis, which includes mass species extinction.
Our course is set to societal collapse, the killing of millions and possibly billions of people, human extinction is possible, the future is bleak and our children are not safe.

Change to avert the worst of the disaster is still technically and economically possible. It involves creating a world, which is less frenetic and more beautiful; making the necessary changes will also create jobs. This is an emergency situation – action is urgent.

Our Government isn’t acting in accordance with what science and history tells us (e.g. the rise of fascism). Therefore our Government is criminally negligent. We have a moral duty to rebel, whatever our politics. Social science shows us that peaceful civil disobedience is an effective way to bring about change. Our lives have meaning when we follow our conscience and are willing to make sacrifices to protect what we love. We ask others who feel the same way to join our peaceful Rebellion.

We have three demands:

  • That the Government must tell the truth about how deadly our situation is, it must reverse all policies not in alignment with that position and must work alongside the media to communicate the urgency for change including what individuals and communities need to do.
  • The Government must enact legally-binding policy measures to reduce carbon emissions in the UK to zero by 2025 and take further action to remove the excess of atmosphere. It must cooperate internationally so that the global economy runs on no more than half a planets worth of resources.
  • By necessity these demands mean an initiative similar to those enacted at times of war. We do not however, hand further power to our Government, we demand a Citizens Assembly to oversee the changes, as we rise from the wreckage, creating a democracy fit for purpose

Please do watch this video if you have time, one of our members explains more;

There have been talks like this happening up and down the country all summer and people are preparing to repeatedly break the law, with many citizens willing to serve prison sentences.

Obviously we run on passion and our hearts drive what we do but there is always a need for money so if you have lots of it please give us some! Other ways to support us could include making work in response or solidarity, some post-prison fundraising or supporting statements, or even to get involved in creative actions? I’ll leave that with you but please think how you might be able to help us out as we sacrifice ourselves in service to future generations.

There will be a declaration of rebellion on the 31st October at Parliament square at 10am. Then a range of nonviolent direct actions through to the 17th November, when we will meet at Parliament square again. This is a first iteration and further disobedience with international solidarity is planned for spring 2019.

Please get in touch if you would like to know more or if you can help.

We are moving through grief to action,

The Extinction Rebels


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