Please support us as we build on the success of the Autumn Rebellion
Extinction Rebellion Greenwich has been heavily involved in the International Autumn Rebellion in October 2019. We need to urgently raise £5,000 to create a fund to cover some of the costs that we have incurred in recent weeks, and to enable us to do more locally in the next few months, including launching an exciting programme of work on biodiversity.
About Extinction Rebellion (XR)
1) Tell the Truth - Our governments must tell the truth by declaring a climate and ecological emergency, working with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change.
2) Act Now - Our governments must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.
3) Beyond Politics - Citizen's Assemblies must be created to lead on climate and ecological justice.
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Court statement from an XR Greenwich rebel
This mitigating statement was read out in court recently by an XR Greenwich member who was arrested after the April rebellion.
I joined the peaceful protests at Oxford Circus in April this year for a number of reasons. Allow me to briefly outline three of them.
A couple of years ago I read a transcript of Naomi Klein’s Edward Said Lecture in the London Review of Books. In this lecture Klein convincingly explained the direct links between the climate crisis on the one hand and the migrant crisis on the other. Greenhouse gas emissions cause global heating, which in turn makes vast swathes of an expanding equatorial belt uninhabitable. As a result of drought and conflicts over vital natural resources, people who live there are inevitably forced to seek refuge elsewhere. Hence the climate crisis – caused largely by the burning of fossil fuels – drives the migrant crisis, which threatens the political stability of Europe and the United Kingdom. I am convinced that the only viable long-term solution to the migrant crisis is to urgently address the underlying problem of global heating. So far our politicians have signally failed to do so.
When I joined the illegal protest at Oxford Circus earlier this year I was, in a sense, following the example of the government of the day, which was found guilty of criminal negligence over the inadequacy of its proposed measures to address illegal levels of air pollution — not once, not twice, but three times. Our government ought to lead by example in its response to the climate emergency. At the moment it is positively inviting civil disobedience.
I believe, quite simply, that Extinction Rebellion are in the right. History will look back on its cause as a just cause – and will strongly condemn the criminal negligence of our present political leaders as unconscionable.
If it is a crime to peacefully raise public awareness of the climate and ecological crisis that we have caused and are now living through, I have no hesitation in admitting that I am guilty of that crime.