The Impossible Rebellion
We’re at a crucial moment in history. Our climate is breaking down and life on Earth is dying: accelerated by our economic system and supported by politicians.
Do you feel powerless to change anything? You are more powerful than you think.
Join the Rebellion and together we will make the politically impossible inevitable.
Join the Impossible Rebellion!
Everyone is invited to rebel for life. Want to get involved? Here’s how!
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The Immediate Demand
This Rebellion we are making an immediate demand: Stop all new fossil fuel investment NOW!
It’s not a radical ask, in fact it’s the least the government could do to show they are serious about tackling the climate and ecological crisis ahead of hosting the COP26 UN Climate Talks in November.
And it’s not just Extinction Rebellion saying we have to stop pouring petrol on the fire. The International Energy Agency said in May this year that there must be no new oil, gas or coal development if the world is to reach net zero by 2050, and over 100 Nobel Laureates, including the Dalai Lama, have signed the Fossil Fuel Non-proliferation Treaty.
Before we begin to repair the damage, we need to stop making the crisis worse.
Timeline (subject to change!)
Mon 30th – Fri 3rd: REBELLION CONTINUES
Occupations continue, High Impact Actions building pressure across the week to a finale, Digital Rebellion, and Hubs continue!
4th Sept: Nature Rebellion March organised by our sister movements and After Party!
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This rebellion period must engage, mobilise and bring people together to face this crisis. Mobilisation and outreach will be embedded in everything we do, to create a beautiful, creative rebellion that grows into a whirlwind… Start big and get bigger!
The Rebellion will have two key elements:
- CRISIS TALKS – EVERYONE’S INVITED TO THE TABLE
Everyone will be invited to the table for our very own Crisis Talks. If our leaders consider holding emergency talks so impossible, we will bring people together and do it ourselves. We will occupy spaces to listen and discuss the hard truths: what does crisis mean to you? How is it affecting your community? What can we do about it?
This Rebellion will be about creating irresistible forces which change the social reality summits like COP takes place in. We will occupy spaces in London, whether it be buildings or roads. And yes, when we say ‘everyone’s invited to the table’, that means literally! To embody the power of Citizens’ Assemblies, tables will become a creative symbol of the rebellion; to build things, to invite people to come together to talk, to block roads, to paint, to share food, to talk to each other.
Everyone’s encouraged to come up with their own creative spin, but the idea is that they should pop up EVERYWHERE: on bridges, in shopping centres, on street corners, in parks, in every, playful, creative and bold, disruptive or safe way possible. Because power doesn’t want us to talk to each other, so we’ll make coming together in an emergency a revolutionary act!
Crisis Talks design pack can be found here!
- ACT NOW BECAUSE IT’S TOO LATE – DISRUPT THE CITY OF LONDON
By focusing on the City, the Rebellion will target the root cause of the crisis, the political economy. We need to build pressure on the biggest financial institutions that are fuelling this emergency, targeting those who have a legacy of funding the toxic system that oppresses marginalised communities at home and around the world. This crisis involves everyone. We must disrupt this pillar of power to start a ripple effect for other institutions to pressure the Government, using the new Immediate Demand as leverage before the close of the Rebellion.
The richest countries have spent $40BILLION more on fossil fuels than clean energy since the pandemic. The opposite of ‘building back better’. As global summits on Climate (COP26) and Ecology (COP15) are coming this Autumn, we have a window of opportunity to influence the agendas and demand our political leaders act like we’re in an emergency. That’s why we will rebel in August until our new Immediate demand; “Stop all new fossil fuel investment immediately” is met, because we are out of time and it’s the most obvious and necessary they can do right now.
OTHER KEY LINKSRebellion messaging and design guidelines Join the Rebellion Facebook event The Post-Rebellion Handbook ***New August 2021***
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