Nov 23, 2018
As scientists warn that the "window of opportunity for action" to prevent catastrophic and irreversible planetary harm from the climate crisis "is almost closed," members of the Extinction Rebellion movement took to the streets of London on Saturday to demand an urgent response to the world's ecological emergency and mourn the lives that human-caused climate change has already taken--and will take in the near future in the absence of radical change.
"Last Saturday we celebrated all the life we wanted to save. This Saturday we mourn all the life we've lost, are losing, and are still to lose," Extinction Rebellion said in a statement. "We rebel because we love this world, it breaks our hearts to see it ravaged, to watch so many people and animals all over this world already dying, to know that this will soon happen to our children if nothing changes. There is no way forward without giving credence to our grief."
\u201cThis is what democracy looks like.\u201d— Extinction Rebellion (@Extinction Rebellion) 1543065090
\u201cWe are now singing for climate justice. We will not respond to physical force with physical force. We are so much better than that. We want life.\n#ExtinctionRebellion\u201d— Extinction Rebellion (@Extinction Rebellion) 1543062069
\u201cCorporate greed is killing all around the world. We must organise & disrupt this criminal business as usual. \n\n#ExtinctionRebelion \n#RebellionDay2\u201d— Extinction Rebellion (@Extinction Rebellion) 1543059109
After kicking off last weekend, Extinction Rebellion demonstrations have spread to over a dozen countries, bringing thousands into the streets to disrupt the everyday workings of major cities and demand the attention of governments that have either resisted taking bold climate action or attempted to move in the opposite direction to appease the destructive fossil fuel industry.
"We will continue sitting down in city streets," reads Extinction Rebellion's website. "Only through daily economic disruption will the government recognize the gravity of the crisis we all face and agree to meet with us to address our demand for radical action."
The Extinction Rebellion's direct action over the past week has attempted to highlight the dire need for immediate action to remedy the devastation the climate crisis has already caused and prevent the horrific harm that is coming in the very near future due to continued burning of fossil fuels.
"This is a climate emergency," the movement, which aims to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025, wrote on Twitter. "It is not just our right to rebel. It is our duty."
\u201cMore people arriving all of the time. This is a growing, exciting movement. We demand radical change over climate breakdown.\u201d— Extinction Rebellion (@Extinction Rebellion) 1543056899
\u201cParliament Square is already blocked off to cars. Hundreds and hundreds of people already here. It\u2019s a great day for a funeral.\n#ExtinctionRebellion\u201d— Extinction Rebellion (@Extinction Rebellion) 1543055254
\u201cThis is a #ClimateEmergency.\n#ExtinctionRebellion \n#RebellionDay2\u201d— Extinction Rebellion (@Extinction Rebellion) 1543057445
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