Breaking COP25: Extinction Rebellion occupies Zara on Madrid’s Gran Via – ‘Greenwashing is a COP out – Green words, toxic truths’
December 04, 2019 by Extinction Rebellion
Around 30 Extinction Rebellion activists have today occupied Zara on Gran Via, with people glued on to the windows inside the store. People are holding banners saying ‘Green words, toxic truth’ outside Zara which is part of INDITEX group – one of the world’s largest fashion retailers – to highlight how corporates are using greenwashing strategies in the face of the climate and ecological emergency.
Zara has been chosen for today’s action as it currently is attempting to greenwash with its window displays that ‘demonstrate’ its social commitment to the motto of COP 25: ’Time to act’.
The fast fashion industry is the second most polluting sector on the planet – with a carbon footprint more than international flights and shipping combined. It uses 20% of water resources and emits 10% of CO2 worldwide, with its impact highly damaging in the countries of the Global South in particular, both environmentally and socially.
Ultimatum for humankind: Time has all but run out
Madrid’s COP25 represents a true ultimatum for humankind and all ecosystems: time has all but run out to avert the worst of the catastrophe our planet faces.
In the face of such unimaginable carnage, which scientists have been warning about for over four decades, the only viable option is for massive, peaceful and democratic mobilisation to demand immediate change, not just individual action. 24 years on from the first COP, the summit’s cause has become more crucial than ever.
Yet global commitment is criminally absent. Goals set out by previous COPs, including Paris’ COP 21 celebrated agreement, and ignored in a stubborn and suicidal pursuit of business as usual. A mere 16 countries out of the 195 which signed the Paris Agreement are complying with it. Meanwhile, the Amazon, Siberia, the Arctic and Koalas burn.
Come get involved with Extinction Rebellion during COP25
Extinction Rebellion has found its home during this COP25 at the UGT, Calle Hortaleza, 88 in Madrid, where there are events and representatives from a host of other movements and organizations including Fridays for Future and Ecologistas en Accion.
Spain is currently hosting rebels from as many as 19 countries and six continents and tt is expected that throughout these two important weeks, rebels will fill the streets, crowd Madrid’s plazas, inviting onlookers to join the rebellion for life, as other capitals act in solidarity.
Notes to Editors:
About Extinction Rebellion:
Time has almost entirely run out to address the ecological crisis which is upon us, including the 6th mass species extinction, global pollution, 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 their Government.
Extinction Rebellion’s key demands are:
- Government must tell the truth by declaring a climate and ecological emergency, working with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change.
- Government must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.
- Government must create and be led by the decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice.
- In the UK, come to one of our events, join the Rebellion Network and let us know how you can help out.
- Start a group where you are: in the UK or around the world.
- Find your local group.
- Check out the International XR website, with links to the French, German, Italian and UK websites.
- And while your time and energy are of most importance, if you are financially able to donate money, see our crowdfunder.
About Rising Up!
Extinction Rebellion is an initiative of the Rising Up! network, which promotes a fundamental change of our political and economic system to one which maximises well-being and minimises harm. Change needs to be nurtured in a culture of reverence, gratitude and inclusion while the tools of civil disobedience and direct action are used to express our collective power.