“If we’re not all in this together, we’re not going to win this battle”: Emma Thompson comes out in support of the Impossible Rebellion
August 26, 2021 by Extinction Rebellion
After 3 successful days of the Impossible Rebellion, with spirits soaring high following a day of action at Oxford Circus where thousands of people were able to participate, we begin Day 4 on another high. Award winning actor, Emma Thompson has shown her backing for the Rebellion today in a video message, calling Extinction Rebellion “essential.”
In the video recorded earlier this week, Emma Thompson showed her support while addressing Extinction Rebellion’s key target, the City of London: “Having just found out that the City of London finances more CO2 emissions than the entire nation of Germany, it’s very difficult to know how to challenge that. And that’s exactly what Extinction Rebellion are doing, what you are doing, what they are doing. And that’s why this movement is so essential. And so courageous.
“I do want to emphasize the fact that the rebels in this movement aren’t dropout, anarchistic outsiders, they’re rebels, if you like, who have the greatest cause in human history, nothing less than the survival of the planet. And so I offer them my support and my respect, my deep respect. And I urge anyone who’s not part of the movement to help in whatever ways they can, because if we’re not all in this together, we’re not going to win this battle.”
The video comes after 3 days of Extinction Rebellion’s ‘Crisis Talks’, where the general public have been invited to ‘come to the table’ – literally! – to face and discuss the crisis together, and how we might move forward.
An Extinction Rebellion spokesperson commented on the action so far: “We’re really proud of the work everyone has done and the huge sacrifices they’re making to raise the alarm and demand urgent action on the greatest crisis of our time. The atmosphere on the streets of London where our occupations have been has raised spirits at a time when there is so much dismay about the climate and ecological emergency. When people come together in all of our courage, diversity and strength, it is possible to change the course of history. But we can’t stop now, we need more people to come down, join in and demand an immediate end to new fossil fuel investment.
“A big thank you to Emma Thompson for making this video for us too. It takes genuine courage to stick your neck out after so much horrible backlash from the mainstream media when she joined our protests in April 2019. Hope to see you on the streets with us again sometime, Emma!”
This invitation will be especially important this coming Bank Holiday weekend when Extinction Rebellion expects more people to join them on the streets.
The plans for the weekend are:
- Fri 27th Aug 12pm – Bank of England: Blood Money March presented by Decolonise the Economy
Sat 28th Aug 12.30pm – Smithfield Market: Animal Rights March led by Animal Rebellion
- Sat 28th Aug 12pm – Brixton Market: Global Majority-Led Crises Rally
- Sun 29th Aug 11.30am – Ducketts Common: Carnival for Climate Justice!
Inviting our Global Majority brothers and sisters.
Bank Holiday Sun & Mon 29-30th Aug – West London: Imagine The Impossible
Join XR Scientists, Families, Doctors, communities groups and wonderful speakers for crisis talks, to create a better world and IMAGINE THE IMPOSSIBLE.
- Mon 30th – Fri 3rd: REBELLION CONTINUES
Occupations continue, High Impact Actions building pressure across the week to a finale, Digital Rebellion, and Hubs continue!
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 increasingly rapid climate change. If urgent and radical action isn’t taken, we’re heading towards 4˚C warming, and the societal collapse and mass loss of life that that implies. The younger generation, racially marginalised communities and the Global South are on the front-line. No-one will escape the devastating impacts.
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.
- While you’re at it, support our fundraiser!