Global Civic Movement Avaaz announces support for The Big One as 50k people predicted to surround Parliament this weekend
April 20, 2023 by Extinction Rebellion
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This morning, major Global Civic Movement Avaaz announced to its millions of supporters their support for The Big One this weekend, where Greenpeace, War on Want, PCS Union, NHS Workers Say No, Quakers in Britain, Extinction Rebellion and many others will stand side by side to demand an end to the fossil fuel era, with a citizen-led transition. The collection of over 200 groups has a collective membership nearing one hundred million.
Avaaz, referred to as the largest and most powerful online activist network globally, has encouraged their supporters to join the protest this weekend, as the number of attendees grows and the event looks to be the biggest collaborative environmental protest the UK has ever seen.
Bert from Avaaz said: “The climate emergency is spiralling out of control, but our politicians are still failing to act with the urgency needed. Avaaz is backing the Big One this weekend to deliver a clear message on behalf of our millions of members around the world: it’s not just the global temperature rising, it’s people everywhere, rising to fight for the survival of humanity and all life. Politicians must respond with an urgent and just transition away from fossil fuels.
“Over four days, an amazing collection of organisations, including Extinction Rebellion, Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth as well as hundreds of community groups and tens of thousands of people, are coming together to pressure politicians to take urgent action to tackle the climate crisis. Avaazers will be there – and there’s exciting things to get involved with all weekend.”
The announcement comes as tens of thousands are predicted to join The Big One this weekend. Thirty thousand people are now signed up via the Extinction Rebellion website alone, and with Avaaz and other major organisations now urging their supporters to attend, the actual number is bound to be much greater.
Yaz Ashmawi from Extinction Rebellion, said: “This is a hugely significant moment in our history. Never before have we seen this many organisations standing together to demand urgent action on the climate and ecological emergency and calling for a fair and just transition led by citizens. While the mainstream media grasp at straws and focus their attention on fabricated plans for disruption during the London Marathon, the real work of building a mass movement impossible for the government to ignore is gaining momentum. This is the real story: disrupting the London Marathon isn’t happening, but civilisational collapse is. Which should we be talking about?”
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