UK Rebellion – Shut Down London! – Extinction Rebellion UK

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UK Rebellion – Shut Down London!


15 April 2019

29 April 2019

11:00 – 10:59


Parliament Square / Marble Arch / Oxford Circus / Waterloo Bridge / Piccadilly circus

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Extinction Rebellion London

Our leaders have failed us. It’s time to rebel – and have a damn good time doing it.

Climate breakdown and ecological collapse threaten our existence. Another world is possible, and it’s just within reach. It’s going to take everything we’ve got to get there. So we’re pulling out all the stops and rising up in a full-scale Rebellion against this twisted system to save ourselves and the natural world from extinction.

Meet at Parliament Square at 11am on Monday 15th of April. Come to London to stay – this is not a one-day march. Book two weeks off work, or go on strike. Think festival, arrange to stay with friends or bring camping gear. We will be blockading the city, engaging in civil disobedience, taking direct action, and joined by amazing acts will be performing at sites to be revealed closer to the time.

Stay tuned for updates and lineup! Full guide for participants here:

On April 15th we are calling for a full-scale Rebellion to demand decisive action from governments on the environmental crisis. Join us as we engage in acts of non-violent civil disobedience against governments in capital cities around the world as part of the International Rebellion (main event here:
This is not a one-off march – we will keep going for as long as we have to, shutting down cities day after day until our demands are met:

1. TELL THE TRUTH – That the Government must tell the truth about how deadly our situation is, it must reverse all policies not in alignment with that position and must work alongside the media to communicate the urgency for change including what individuals, communities and businesses need to do.
2. CARBON NET ZERO BY 2025 – The Government must enact legally-binding policies to reduce carbon emissions in the UK to net zero by 2025 and take further action to remove the excess of atmospheric greenhouse gases. It must cooperate internationally so that the global economy runs on no more than half a planet’s worth of resources per year.
3. CITIZENS’ ASSEMBLY – By necessity these demands require initiatives and mobilisation of similar size and scope to those enacted in times of war. We do not however, trust our Government to make the bold, swift and long-term changes necessary to achieve this and we do not intend to hand further power to our politicians. Instead we demand a Citizens’ Assembly to oversee the changes, as we rise from the wreckage, creating a democracy fit for purpose.
As part of the Extinction Rebellion (XR), Independent XR groups, allies and protestors will take to the streets. A small number of brave Conscientious Protectors, activists from XR affinity groups prepared to lose their liberty for this cause, will commit acts of peaceful civil disobedience to disrupt the business-as-usual which is sending our species on a one-way track to extinction.

Learn more about our demands and values here, and how you can get involved:

Under our current system, we are headed for disaster. Catastrophic climate breakdown will cause food collapse, destroy communities, kill millions, and render many more homeless. Mass extinction of wild species will lead to ecological collapse, and when they go, we go. Destruction of natural habitats will lead to genocide of indigenous peoples and the loss of our planet’s life support systems.

It’s not too late to change course – a better world is possible. We know how to get there – the solutions exist, and we have the technology to take us to a better future. But governments are consistently failing to take the urgent and decisive action that will save us. If the system will not change, then we must change the system. It is our sacred duty to rebel in order to protect our homes, our future, and the future of all life on Earth.

Since the seeds of our Rebellion were planted in London’s autumn, thousands of Rebels around the world took to the streets. They have engaged in non-violent direct action against governments in dozens of countries for their criminal inaction on what has been described as a “direct existential threat” to humanity by the UN secretary general.
Roads and bridges were swarmed, and traffic gridlocked.
Die-ins were held, and trees illegally planted.
Oil conferences were blockaded and disrupted.
Government departments were occupied and spray-chalked.
In the biggest act of civil disobedience in decades, over 6,000 Rebels blocked five of London’s Bridges for Rebellion Day.
And throughout, dozens of Conscientious Protectors were arrested for standing up and taking action to protect our world and our future.

The actions were a wake-up call – disrupting the status quo, shutting down business-as-usual in the city, and showing the government the strength of people power. But from the seeds we planted in November, we need a forest – and though it began in the UK, this Rebellion must be global. Find and join a group organising near you:

If there isn’t one yet, start it. Bring together those who will rise up, and together defend a vision for a better world and a brighter future – one where life has value and is protected, one where we survive.

Further details to come in due time – watch this space for updates. You do not need to be arrested to take part. Please share this event with everyone you know, invite all your friends, and spread the word. There is no greater cause on Earth than Earth itself, and the struggle for a true democracy to protect life on this planet, our only home.

We will not disappear.
We will not die off.
We will not give in.
Now is the time to rise up – for people and planet. ✊??
We’ll see you on the streets, rebels.

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