Extinction Rebellion WorldWide Map

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Thanks to the rebels who created and are maintaining this map, and of course to everybody mobilising for the international rebellion.

 

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Eyewitness Account from Declaration Day

From small groups of people rallying up to fight against the profitable eviction racket (known as bailiffs) to a full-blown protest in Parliament Square demanding our oil-lobbied politician rethink about their response to climate change, people are rising and demanding change across the UK. On Wednesday the 31st of October, Extinctions Rebellion peacefully took over London’s busiest intersection to purposely disrupt the mindless routine of the city. 24 hours prior to the organised rebellion, scientists stated that since the 1970’s, humanity has made extinct 60% of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles. By the time our grandparents will turn 90, that number will have risen to almost 80% unless immediate action is taken.

A pool of different eclectics, faiths, and ages poured into the event projecting a heartfelt and welcoming communal vibe. Like a spell, people would fall silent cradled by the melodic pagan-like hymns sung while their smiles and shining eyes spoke more than a thousand words could. The palpable energy pulsating from the drumming and chanting crowd showed the love for our blue earth, and their cry for action was fierce. Amplified by the microphone, Green MEP Molly Scott Cato stated: “We are not here because we understand the importance that our planet has to our survival, rather because we all feel a deep energetic connection with mother Gaia”.

Out of the many speakers, Greta Thunberg, a 14-year-old who has been school striking for climate change, stood in front of thousands to share her message of action. With the latest UN reports stating that we have no more than 12 years before climate catastrophe, the teenager’s perspective of “climate crisis has never been treated as a crisis” deeply contrasted with the child-like inaptitude of our leaders.

Families shed tears of pain for the conditions in which they were inevitably going to leave the future to their younger loved ones. “It is painful for me to accept that the youth of today will never be able to experience the life that I had growing up because we wiped it out”, expressed one grandparent.

In the two and a half hours of public highway obstruction, police officers mingled and conversed with protestors. One officer paid personal attention to the well-being of certain protestors who had locked their arms and laid down on the road.  The mood seemed cheerful and friendly between protestors and law enforcement, giving off the illusion of a festival rather than a protest. A touching moment was briefly captured when Tom, a steward for Extinction Rebellion, approached the yellow-jacketed men and women with “Save Our Children” stickers. The momentary hesitation from their part was replaced by a handful of officers gingerly huddling in with outstretched hands to accept the stickers with prideful smiles. However, the harmonious atmosphere quickly came to an end when a false emergency ambulance was called in by the police to break the crowd apart. Within minutes, new stern faces populated the area shouting, pushing, and intimidating the crowd off the road.

The tug of war between civil disobedience and law enforcement created a divide amongst the activist. With most of the protesters dancing and singing on Parliament Square, the police swarmed the protestors locked to the gates of the Parliament. To create an aversion, a member of “Grandparents for a Safe Earth” decided to lie down with the activists despite having been pushed away by the police several times. The commitment of these individuals being ruthlessly arrested for asking for an emergency response to our polluted laws shocked many bystanders.

But we are not easily intimidated. Extinction Rebellion will take over Parliament Square again from the 12th till the 17th of November to demand carbon neutral strategies from our elected representatives.

 

 

The Guardian Press Letter -100 academics support Extinction Rebellion

This letter was published in The Guardian yesterday, also reprinted below, with the full list of academics and public figures that support Extinction Rebellion.

If you are a public figure who would like your name added to this list, please contact us. Your support is vital and you don’t have to have a degree! Support from all well-known and respected public figures is welcome, including authors, other Artists of all kinds, sports professionals, and so on.

The Guardian Press Letter

Dear Letters Editor,

We the undersigned represent diverse academic disciplines, and the views expressed here are those of the signatories and not their organisations. While our academic perspectives and expertise may differ, we are united on this one point: we will not tolerate the failure of this or any other government to take robust and emergency action in respect of the worsening ecological crisis. The science is clear, the facts are incontrovertible, and it is unconscionable to us that our children and grandchildren should have to bear the terrifying brunt of an unprecedented disaster of our own making.

We are in the midst of the 6th mass extinction, with around 200 species becoming extinct each day. Humans cannot continue to violate the fundamental laws of nature or of science with impunity. If we continue on our current path, the future for our species is bleak.

Our Government is complicit in ignoring the Precautionary Principle, and in failing to acknowledge that unbounded economic growth on a planet with finite resources is non-viable. Instead, the Government irresponsibly promotes rampant consumerism and free-market fundamentalism, and allows greenhouse gas emissions to rise. Earth Overshoot Day (the date when humans have used up more resources from nature than the planet can renew in the entire year) falls ever earlier each year (1 August in 2018).

When a government wilfully abrogates its responsibility to protect its citizens from harm and to secure the future for generations to come, it has failed in its most essential duty of stewardship. The ‘social contract’ has been broken, and it is therefore not only our right, but our moral duty to bypass the Government’s inaction and flagrant dereliction of duty, and to rebel to defend life itself.

We therefore declare our support for Extinction Rebellion, launching on 31 October 2018. We fully stand behind the demands for the Government to tell the hard truth to its citizens. We call for a Citizens’ Assembly to work with scientists on the basis of the extant evidence and in accordance with the Precautionary Principle, urgently to develop a credible plan for rapid total decarbonisation of the economy.

 

Dr Alison Green Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Arden University, National Director (UK) Scientists Warning

Professor Joy Carter CBE Vice Chancellor, University of Winchester

Dr Rowan Williams

Professor Molly Scott Cato MEP

Danny Dorling Halford Mackinder professor of geography, University of Oxford

Jem Bendell Professor of sustainability leadership, University of Cumbria

Dr Ian Gibson former Chair, House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee

Dr Susie Orbach consultant psychoanalyst, The Balint Consultancy

David Drew MP Ph.D., Shadow minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

Shahrar Ali Ph.D., Green Party home affairs spokesperson

 

Peter Belton Professor emeritus of chemistry, University of East Anglia

Dr Simon Boxley Centre for Climate Change Education & Communication, University of Winchester

Erik Buitenhuis Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of East Anglia

Dave Humphreys Professor of environmental policy, Open University

Andrew Simms Centre for Global Political Economy, University of Sussex; NEF

Arran Stibbe Professor of ecological linguistics, University of Gloucestershire

Dr Rupert Read Reader in philosophy, University of East Anglia

Richard House Ph.D. (Env.Sci.) Chartered psychologist, Stroud

 

Emeritus Professor Michael Bassey Nottingham Trent University

Professor Woody Caan Editor, Journal of Public Mental Health

Claire Callender, Professor of Higher Education, Birkbeck and UCL Institute of Education

Simon Capewell MD DSc, Professor of clinical epidemiology, University of Liverpool

Professor Andrew Cooper Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust; University of East London

Emeritus Professor Tricia David

Windy Dryden Emeritus professor of psychotherapeutic studies, Goldsmiths University of London 

Suman Fernando Honorary professor, London Metropolitan University

Professor Mark Ford, University College London

Professor Gary Francione

Harvey Goldstein Professor of social statistics, University of Bristol

Jonathan Gosling Emeritus professor of leadership studies, University of Exeter

Paul Hoggett Emeritus professor of social policy, UWE, Bristol

Wendy Hollway Emeritus professor of psychology, Open University

Professor John Hughes University of Gloucestershire

Professor Simon Kelley University of Edinburgh

Adrian Kendry Visiting Chair in economics and security, University of Winchester

Karin Lesnik-Oberstein Professor of critical theory, University of Reading

Del Loewenthal Emeritus professor in psychotherapy, University of Roehampton

Professor Mark Maslin FRGS, FRSA University College London

Martin Milton Professor of counselling psychology, Regents University London

Professor Dany Nobus Brunel University London

Professor Jayne Osgood Middlesex University, mother, feminist, activist

Professor Ann Phoenix University of London

Richard Pring Emeritus professor, University of Oxford

Peter Reason Professor emeritus, University of Bath

Professor Diane Reay University of Cambridge

Lynne Segal Anniversary Professor of psychosocial studies, Birkbeck, University of London

Farzana Shain Professor of sociology of Education, Keele University

Prem Sikka Professor of accounting and finance, University of Sheffield

Professor Ernesto Spinelli ES Associates, London

Dr Guy Standing Professorial Research Associate, SOAS, University of London

Brian Thorne Emeritus professor (counselling), University of East Anglia

Frederick Toates Emeritus professor of biological psychology, Open University

Dr Steve Tombs Professor of criminology, Open University

Tony Watts OBE Emeritus professor of career development, University of Derby

Michael J. Wright Ph.D., Emeritus professor in cognitive neuroscience, London

 

Dr Ruth Adams Senior lecturer in cultural & creative industries

Dr Meg-John Barker senior lecturer in psychology, Open University

Robert Basto Ph.D., software consultant, scientist, activist

Dr Teresa Belton author of Happier People, Healthier Planet

Dr Gail Bradbrook mother, NGO consultant

Dr Onel Brooks Senior lecturer in psychotherapy, counselling and counselling psychology

Dr Dominique Chadwick independent researcher and film-maker, Cambridge

Dr Anne Chapman

Dr Red Chidgey Lecturer in Gender and Media, King’s College London

John Christensen Director and Chair of the Board Tax Justice Network

Dr Christopher D. Coath University of Bristol

Dr Mick Cooper Chartered psychologist, Brighton

Dr Virginia Crisp Lecturer in culture, media & creative industries, King’s College, London

Jonathan Dawson Coordinator of economics, Schumacher College

Richard Eke Ph.D., Associate lecturer, UWE, Bristol

Dr Peter Elfer Principal lecturer, Early Childhood Research Centre

Dr Jonathan Gross King’s College London

Andy Halewood CPsychol., Senior lecturer in counselling psychology, UWE, Bristol

Dr Wiebina Heesterman Ph.D. Law (human rights), activist

Dr Jason Hickel Department of Anthropology, Goldsmiths, University of London

Dr Abby Innes London School of Economics

Dr Nicholas James FASS, Open University

Peter Lipman Fellow, Cabot Institute for the Environment, Bristol University

Ed Lord Ph.D., RMN, RCBC Wales, Fellow, Swansea University

Rachel Lunnon Ph.D. (mathematical logic), software engineer

Dr Kate McMillan King’s College, London

Dr Gerry Mooney Open University in Scotland

Dr Calum Neill Associate professor of psychoanalysis & cultural theory, Edinburgh Napier University

Dr Christine Parkinson Retired biologist, Scientists for Global Responsibility

Dr Volker Patent CPsychol, lecturer and coach

Dr Gerald Power Ph.D., management consultant

Dr Gillian Proctor CPsychol., Programme leader, MA in counselling and psychotherapy, University of Leeds

Dr Jay Watts Consultant clinical psychologist

Dr David Whitebread Retired senior member, Homerton College, Cambridge