The Climate & Ecological Emergency and Extinction Rebellion: What You Need to Know

 

THE UK GOVERNMENT IS FAILING TO DO WHAT IS NECESSARY TO KEEP US SAFE

On 25th June, the 2020 Committee on Climate Change (CCC) Report warned the UK government to prepare for a 4°C increase in global temperatures. According to climate scientists, “the report shows the government’s staggering failure to listen to its own advisors on climate change and to meet its own targets. If changes are not urgently made, this country will be hurtling towards climate collapse, risking civil unrest, war and societal breakdown – and the deaths of hundreds of millions if not billions of people”. Click here for a full analysis of the CCC report.

 

– With current policies, the world is most likely to warm by 3°C by 2100, but possibly by more than 4°C. (source)

 

– Temperatures in some parts of the world are predicted to rise by 7°C by the end of the century. More than 3 billion people will be living in “near un-liveable” temperatures by 2070. (source)

 

– By around 2050 it’s predicted that as many as 5 billion people are likely to face shortages of food and clean water. (source)

 

– Extinction crisis poses ‘existential threat to civilisation.’ (source)

 

– We are at the beginning of the 6th great extinction period, where “biological annihilation” is causing species to die out at 100 times the usual rate. (source source)

 More facts here and here.

 

Is there any reason for hope?

– It may not be too late to avoid or limit some of the worst effects of climate change, if rapid                                                                                                       action is taken. (source).

– Such transformative change, with social and economic justice for all, promises far greater human well-being than does business as usual. (source)

– However, we may have only six months in which to bring about this change. (source)

 

Quotes

“Climate crisis is the greatest ever threat to human rights. The economies of all nations, the institutional, political, social and cultural fabric of every state, and the rights of all your people, and future generations, will be impacted.” – Michelle Bachelet, United Nations Rights Chief

“It is generally foolish to bet against the judgments of science, and in this case, where the planet is at stake, it is insane.” – Professor Steven Weinberg, Nobel-Prize winning Theoretical Physicist, 2018

“We cannot rule out catastrophic outcomes where human life as we know it is threatened,” JP Morgan economists.

“The health of ecosystems on which we and all other species depend is deteriorating more rapidly than ever. We are eroding the very foundations of our economies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide.” – Sir Robert Watson, Chair of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

“With the loss of even the smallest organisms, we destabilise and ultimately risk collapsing the world’s ecosystems – the networks that support the whole of life on Earth.” – Sir David Attenborough

“In the future, it won’t be those peacefully blockading bridges or blocking roads that history judges badly. It will be those who shut their eyes and blocked their ears. The failure to avert the climate catastrophe is the greatest moral failure of our time. The brave XR activists taking nonviolent action … should be applauded and they should be heard.” Green Party MP Caroline Lucas

More quotes here.

About Extinction Rebellion

Extinction Rebellion is an international politically unaligned movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience in an attempt to halt mass extinction and minimise the risk of social collapse. We have three demands:

          Tell the truth: Government and media must tell the truth by declaring a climate and ecological emergency, working with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change.

          Act Now: Government must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.

          Citizens’ Assembly: Government must create and be led by the decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice.

More information about Extinction Rebellion here.

From the 1st September we will peacefully blockade the UK Parliament in London until MPs promise to debate our 3 demands, as enshrined in the Climate & Ecological Emergency Bill. Other actions will take place across the UK. More information about the September Rebellion here.

Why Mass Civil Disobedience?

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. Martin Luther King, the Suffragettes and Gandhi all used this tactic to successfully bring about vital change.

Further Resources

          Media guidance on how to effectively and accessibly communicate rising CO2 levels can be found here.

 

          The Climate Science Rapid Response Team, which connects the media with climate scientists to provide rapid, high-quality information, can be contacted here.

 

          Images can be downloaded royalty free from the Extinction Rebellion photograph library here.

 

          Click here for a comprehensive, simple document that explains the current situation, how we got here and what needs to happen next. It lays out the scenario for 4 degrees of global heating and explains why, without bold and radical action, the impacts of this emergency will be catastrophic and irreversible.

The Climate & Ecological Emergency and Extinction Rebellion: What You Need to Know

 

THE UK GOVERNMENT IS FAILING TO DO WHAT IS NECESSARY TO KEEP US SAFE

On 25th June, the 2020 Committee on Climate Change (CCC) Report warned the UK government to prepare for a 4°C increase in global temperatures. According to climate scientists, “the report shows the government’s staggering failure to listen to its own advisors on climate change and to meet its own targets. If changes are not urgently made, this country will be hurtling towards climate collapse, risking civil unrest, war and societal breakdown – and the deaths of hundreds of millions if not billions of people”. Click here for a full analysis of the CCC report.

 

– With current policies, the world is most likely to warm by 3°C by 2100, but possibly by more than 4°C. (source)

 

– Temperatures in some parts of the world are predicted to rise by 7°C by the end of the century. More than 3 billion people will be living in “near un-liveable” temperatures by 2070. (source)

 

– By around 2050 it’s predicted that as many as 5 billion people are likely to face shortages of food and clean water. (source)

 

– Extinction crisis poses ‘existential threat to civilisation.’ (source)

 

– We are at the beginning of the 6th great extinction period, where “biological annihilation” is causing species to die out at 100 times the usual rate. (source source)

 More facts here and here.

 

Is there any reason for hope?

– It may not be too late to avoid or limit some of the worst effects of climate change, if rapid                                                                                                       action is taken. (source).

– Such transformative change, with social and economic justice for all, promises far greater human well-being than does business as usual. (source)

– However, we may have only six months in which to bring about this change. (source)

 

Quotes

“Climate crisis is the greatest ever threat to human rights. The economies of all nations, the institutional, political, social and cultural fabric of every state, and the rights of all your people, and future generations, will be impacted.” – Michelle Bachelet, United Nations Rights Chief

“It is generally foolish to bet against the judgments of science, and in this case, where the planet is at stake, it is insane.” – Professor Steven Weinberg, Nobel-Prize winning Theoretical Physicist, 2018

“We cannot rule out catastrophic outcomes where human life as we know it is threatened,” JP Morgan economists.

“The health of ecosystems on which we and all other species depend is deteriorating more rapidly than ever. We are eroding the very foundations of our economies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide.” – Sir Robert Watson, Chair of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

“With the loss of even the smallest organisms, we destabilise and ultimately risk collapsing the world’s ecosystems – the networks that support the whole of life on Earth.” – Sir David Attenborough

“In the future, it won’t be those peacefully blockading bridges or blocking roads that history judges badly. It will be those who shut their eyes and blocked their ears. The failure to avert the climate catastrophe is the greatest moral failure of our time. The brave XR activists taking nonviolent action … should be applauded and they should be heard.” Green Party MP Caroline Lucas

More quotes here.

About Extinction Rebellion

Extinction Rebellion is an international politically unaligned movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience in an attempt to halt mass extinction and minimise the risk of social collapse. We have three demands:

          Tell the truth: Government and media must tell the truth by declaring a climate and ecological emergency, working with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change.

          Act Now: Government must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.

          Citizens’ Assembly: Government must create and be led by the decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice.

More information about Extinction Rebellion here.

From the 1st September we will peacefully blockade the UK Parliament in London until MPs promise to debate our 3 demands, as enshrined in the Climate & Ecological Emergency Bill. Other actions will take place across the UK. More information about the September Rebellion here.

Why Mass Civil Disobedience?

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. Martin Luther King, the Suffragettes and Gandhi all used this tactic to successfully bring about vital change.

Further Resources

          Media guidance on how to effectively and accessibly communicate rising CO2 levels can be found here.

 

          The Climate Science Rapid Response Team, which connects the media with climate scientists to provide rapid, high-quality information, can be contacted here.

 

          Images can be downloaded royalty free from the Extinction Rebellion photograph library here.

 

          Click here for a comprehensive, simple document that explains the current situation, how we got here and what needs to happen next. It lays out the scenario for 4 degrees of global heating and explains why, without bold and radical action, the impacts of this emergency will be catastrophic and irreversible.

 

          A 20-minute talk on Heading for Extinction and What To Do About It can be found here.

 

 Document prepared by Extinction Rebellion’s Media Tell the Truth Team. Find us on Twitter and Facebook or email us: tellthetruthmedia@rebellion.earth.

          A 20-minute talk on Heading for Extinction and What To Do About It can be found here.

 

 Document prepared by Extinction Rebellion’s Media Tell the Truth Team. Find us on Twitter and Facebook or email us: tellthetruthmedia@rebellion.earth.

 

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