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2019-10-14
Citing 'Moral Duty to Take Radical Action,' Over 700 Scientists Endorse Mass Civil Disobedience to Fight Climate Crisis

More than 700 scientists—and counting—have signed a declaration of support for the people around the world engaging in non-violent civil disobedience to pressure political leaders to act on the climate crisis."We can't allow the role of scientists to be to just write papers and publish them in obscure journals and hope somehow that somebody out there will pay attention," Julia Steinberger, an ecological economist at the University of Leeds in the U.K. and one of the declaration's first signatories, told Reuters on Saturday. "We need to be rethinking the role of the scientist and engage with


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2019-10-14
'Stop Funding Ecocide': Extinction Rebellion Protesters Target London Financial District

Climate activists with the global Extinction Rebellion movement blocked roads leading to London's financial district on Monday to call attention to the role big banks play in funding fossil fuel projects and exacerbating the planetary crisis.Protesters also rallied outside the Bank of England to demand that it "stop funding ecocide" and "invest in the future.""The city of London is a preeminent nexus of power in the global system that is killing our world," Carolina Rosa, spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion (XR), said in a statement. "It is the epicenter of 'business as usual,' both in the U


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2019-10-09
Breastfeeding Mothers at London "Nurse-In" Demand Climate Action as Part of Global Extinction Rebellion

Extinction Rebellion urged the thousands of people who are taking part in its International Rebellion to "keep strong" on Wednesday, the third day of a planned two-week mobilization to demand climate action and environmental justice, as an estimated 800 were arrested in dozens of cities for global demonstrations including blockades, marches, die-ins, and at least one "nurse-in.""You are making history," the group tweeted to protesters.Keep strong rebels.We love you all more and more by the hour.You are making history.— Extinction Rebellion (@ExtinctionR) October 9, 2019As Common Dreams


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2019-10-07
'Get On the Streets. And Bring Everybody': Extinction Rebellion Kicks Off Two Weeks of Global Action

Nearly a year after Extinction Rebellion launched in London, the global movement that uses nonviolent civil disobedience to demand ambitious climate action kicked off two weeks of protests on Monday with demonstrations around the world that blocked major roadways and led to arrests.


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"It is our sacred duty to rebel in order to protect our homes, our future, and the future of all life on Earth." (Photo: Mr.Fish) Views
2019-10-07
Time to Rebel

Monday, Oct. 7. marks the start of what the British-based group Extinction Rebellion is calling the International Rebellion. Thousands of people will occupy the centers of some 60 cities around the globe, including Madrid, Amsterdam, Paris and New York, to stage nonviolent occupations of bridges and roads for at least a week. The goal is to paralyze commerce to force the ruling elites to respond to the climate emergency. I will be at Battery Park in New York to join them Monday morning.The protests, which organizers say will likely lead to hundreds of arrests, will employ a variety of tactics


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2019-10-06
'This Is Not What Democracy Looks Like': Outrage as London Police Use Battering Ram to Raid Extinction Rebellion Building

London police on Saturday raided a building Extinction Rebellion activists were using to store supplies ahead of a climate demonstration planned for Monday, a preemptive action environmentalists condemned as an unlawful crackdown on a peaceful protesters.The Guardian reported that "10 people—seven women and three men—had been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to cause public nuisance."Video of the raid, which shows police using a battering ram to break into a south London building, quickly went viral Saturday as activists and British lawmakers expressed alarm at the aggressive tactic."This


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2019-09-23
'The Planet We Love Is Under Attack': #ShutDownDC Protesters Blockade Capital Streets to Demand Climate Action

This is a breaking news story... Check back for possible developments and updates...With the goal of disrupting business as usual in the "center of decision-making in the U.S.," hundreds of activists blocked key intersections across downtown Washington, D.C. Monday morning to demand that lawmakers take bold and urgent action to confront the existential climate crisis.Chanting "We want climate justice now!" and "The planet we love is under attack," demonstrators positioned vans, cars, their bodies—even a sailboat—in the middle of major D.C. streets to shut down rush hour traffic.#BREAKING


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2019-09-22
A Real Extinction Rebellion Means the End of Colonialism, Imperialism, and Capitalism

Land and Water Defender BeginningsIn 2011, as a 20 year old activist new to the environmental movement I joined up with other like-minded people for a retreat in rural Wisconsin to plan and strategize our next steps. As a Black woman, it was painfully obvious that amongst the scores of people in attendance that there were very few people of color present. However, what was even more jarring than the racial disproportionality of the retreat was the attitudes of the white activists.We were hanging out late at night in the living room of a retreat after a long day of workshops and trainings.The


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Schools should be community hubs that prepare people for the skills we will need going forward to live through climate change. (Photo: Guy Smallman/Getty Images) Views
2019-09-19
Teachers Should Join the Student Strikes

On September 20th millions of students across the globe are taking a stand with student strikes – demanding action on climate change so they, and our grandchildren may survive and thrive. Now, adults have been called on to join the strikes. We believe educators should be the first to join them. K12 educators, even in the United States, have shown the ability to shake history with mass strikes over the last decade—but it is time to utilize our power beyond typical wage and hour issues. It is time to strike to save life on earth, and to reimagine and resource what schools can and need to become


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Demonstrators are seen chanting slogans during the global climate strike in March 2019. In September 2019, thousands of people from all over the world plan to rally to mark the one-year anniversary of the climate strike movement, which teenaged advocate Greta Thunberg began last year. Views
2019-09-15
How to Live With the Climate Crisis Without Becoming a Nihilist

The climate crisis has moved into everyday life and it can feel overwhelming.Hurricane Dorian, which left more than 70,000 people homeless, was an instance of this climate breakdown. A hotter ocean means stronger storms, a higher sea means worse flooding, a hotter atmosphere means more rain. Worsening wildfires in California and elsewhere, devastating flooding in our agricultural heartland, swaths of dead forest in the Rockies, the global collapse of coral reefs — these are just a few examples of the long and lengthening list of the catastrophic impacts of climate breakdown.The evidence that


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