Time has almost entirely run out to address the ecological crisis which is upon us, including the 6th mass species extinction and abrupt, runaway climate change. Societal collapse and mass death are seen as inevitable by scientists and other credible voices, with human extinction also a possibility, if rapid action is not taken.
Extinction Rebellion believes it is a citizen’s duty to rebel, using peaceful civil disobedience, when faced with criminal inactivity by its Government.
10am Saturday 17th November – Southwark, Blackfriars, Waterloo, Westminster and Lambeth Bridges to be blocked in London
Rebellion Day will be the climax of the first week of civil disobedience. Here’s what to do:
- Choose a bridge and be there for 10am. Come as yourself. Do NOT meet in Parliament Square.
- Please bring: a packed lunch/food to share; enough water; warm / windproof clothes; a homemade sign; an umbrella (decorated with the Extinction symbol!); something to sit on; your smile and passion!
- Wander innocently up and down the bridge on the pedestrian walkways. Take selfies, admire the view. Don’t congregate in large groups. Wait for the signal
- Stewards in sashes will signal when to move out and take the road. Listen for instructions to sit down. Participate in whatever unfolds
- People are expected to occupy the five separate bridges, share food, bear witness to why they have come together and participate in a sit-in protest that will bring central London to a standstill
- Performers, musicians, and artists will be leading the action and people from all across the country will be arriving in coaches throughout the day
- From around 2pm in Parliament Square, an Extinction Assembly will feature six voices from six nations affected by climate breakdown: West Papua, Bangladesh, Ecuador, Kenya, Ghana and Mongolia
- The invited guests will bear witness to what is happening in their countries and then there will be any opportunity for members of the public to speak about why they themselves are there
- The third part of the assembly will ask attendees ‘How do you think societies should be organised to create a world for our children?’
- At 4pm, there will be a closing interfaith and non-faith ceremony at Parliament Square.
Extinction Rebellion said: “Rebellion Day will disrupt London. It is not a step we take lightly. It is a step we take to bring to light the criminal inaction of successive Governments in their failure to respond to the climate and ecological emergency.
Extinction Rebellion demands that the UK government immediately declares a climate and ecological emergency; reduces to zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2025, and creates a citizen’s assembly to oversee these changes.
“We feel deeply that if we come together as ordinary people and communities in the limited time we have available to affect change, we can face this crisis together. The first step is to ensure people are fully informed of the extreme gravity of the situation.”
“We have informed the police and emergency services that these 5 bridges will be road-blocked: Southwark, Blackfriars, Waterloo, Westminster and Lambeth.”