Extinction Rebellion plans fortnight of worldwide climate action

Extinction Rebellion was established last year in Britain by academics and has become one of the world's fastest-growing environ
Extinction Rebellion was established last year in Britain by academics and has become one of the world's fastest-growing environmental movements

Extinction Rebellion climate protesters are planning to bring disruption to 60 cities around the world from Monday in a fortnight of civil disobedience, warning of an environmental "apocalypse".

"To governments of the world: we declared a climate and ecological emergency. You did not do enough. To everybody else: rebel," XR said on its website ahead of its International Rebellion wave of activism.

Non-violent protests are chiefly planned in Europe, North America Australia, but events are also set to take place in India, Buenos Aires, Cape Town and Wellington.

"This isn't a distant apocalypse. People all over the world are suffering and dying right now," XR said.

"Next, it will happen to you, and everybody you love, too.

"You can't count on us or Greta to do this for you," it said, referring to teenage Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. "Look inside yourself and rebel."

Extinction Rebellion was established last year in Britain by academics and has become one of the world's fastest-growing environmental movements.

Campaigners want the to declare a climate and ecological emergency, reduce to zero by 2025, halt biodiversity loss and be led by new "citizens' assemblies on climate and ecological justice.

'20-30,000' in London

In London, XR hopes to get 20,000 to 30,0000 people on the streets to shut down the area around parliament and the government ministries for two weeks from Monday, according to spokesman Robin Boardman.

The 21-year-old said the protests could be five times bigger than those in April, when demonstrators took to the streets for 11 days, sitting down to blockade roads, bridges and intersections. Police made more than 1,100 arrests.

Fellow XR spokesman Joel Scott-Halkes said: "We're going to blockade and shut down every single road going into the central area of Westminster around the UK government.

"We are going to very loudly, very clearly, very respectfully say that if a government is taking its people towards extinction, it is not a government anymore that we respect."

A sit-in is also planned at London City Airport.

Ahead of Monday's demonstrations, XR used an old fire engine to spray 1,800 litres of fake blood over the front of Britain's finance ministry in London in a protest over investment in fossil fuel exploration.

'Awareness, music, joy, colour'

In Paris, the activism kicks off with a "preview" on Saturday, where XR demonstrators have planned to occupy "a symbolic place of the system to turn it into a house of the people."

On Sunday, they plan to stage an "opening ceremony" festive event in a Paris park.

Different events are set to take place until October 12 on topics such as the ocean, plastic waste and migration linked to climate change. Traffic standstills and building occupations are planned.

Activists are stressing that the protests must be non-violent, but there are concerns about the response of the authorities.

In June, when activists occupied a bridge over the River Seine in Paris, XR members were evicted by the authorities using fired at close range.

Images of the incident were widely shared and criticised on , leading to an investigation.

"We are waging a just and legitimate fight to defend life," a French activist in her 30s, who wished to remain anonymous, told AFP.

"Yes, there will be blockades, the way to make the government understand is to block the economy, but there will also be acts of raising awareness, music, joy and colour," she added.

In Germany, XR is planning several peaceful demonstrations in Berlin on Monday to block streets and parks through civil disobedience, claiming it is "the fastest way to bring lasting social and political change".

"Peaceful, creative, colourful and determined!" it said.

"We continue to protest until governments respond appropriately."


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Oct 04, 2019
It's a futile act. The Chinese, Indians, Brazilians, Indonesians, etc, know they're killing the planet, and they really don't mind.

Oct 04, 2019
The giant blood-spraying penis that got out of control hasn't helped them much. This looks like the demonstrator gang that couldn't shoot straight.

STR
Oct 04, 2019
Bunch of disgusting, unwashed, hateful people.

Oct 04, 2019
Hopefully they get smarter and next time don't try to control a fire hose with one or two people. It usually takes five. I've done it. Even been the guy on the nozzle. This was abysmally stupid. They're lucky it didn't break anyone's legs.

Oct 04, 2019
The giant blood-spraying penis that got out of control hasn't helped them much. This looks like the demonstrator gang that couldn't shoot straight.

Oh DaSchitebo, you poor knob gobbling Jessie, why so disappointed? ...oh..yeah...right.

Hopefully they get smarter and next time DON'T TRY TO CONTROL A FIRE HOSE with one or two people. IT USUALLY TAKES FIVE. I'VE DONE IT. EVEN BEEN THE GUY ON THE NOZZLE. This was abysmally stupid. They're lucky it didn't break anyone's legs

My God man! Innuendo much?

LMAO.

Oct 04, 2019
Bunch of disgusting, unwashed, hateful people.

Yeah, as if those were the worse of those bampots problems.

Oct 04, 2019
So now you're an eco-warrior, @tehgeighalgore?

STR
Oct 04, 2019
I do so enjoy the fact that the fire truck was un taxed, no MOT, diesel powered...

Oct 04, 2019
Just how stupid are those bampots?
Depicting extinction with images of the Coelacanth and Cuttlefish. Two species that survived major extinction events, which even in their worst and stupidest nightmare, humanity couldn't even come close to. BTW, Cuttlefish populations are booming, so I guess all that warm, acidic oceans are good for them.

Oct 04, 2019
This is a farce. They obviously never tested their ability to handle the firehose. This is totally incompetent and does no good to their cause. All you gotta do is turn it off. They didn't even know how to do that. The closest any of these idiots ever came to a firehose was to see one on TV. You just pull back on the handle. It's like driving a car without knowing where the brake pedal is.

Oct 04, 2019
Can we get more competent protesters, please? The issue is serious and we don't need the Keystone Kops running the show.


Oct 04, 2019
POS article doesn't have an author , LOL

Oct 05, 2019
Snoose Snoozed again, and you guessed it, Lost again.
But antigoracle's socky is his own self author of all the BS he spouts yes... ? LMAO.... ;)

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