We want to live

UK Rebellion 1 September 2020

We are at an intersection of global crises.

Climate breakdown, Covid-19, racial injustice – all are symptoms of a toxic system that is driving us to extinction – a system built on economic inequality, extraction, the destruction of nature, and exploitation.

We cannot carry on like this. The system is killing us.

2020 has been a year of tipping points. Everywhere you look, a collective rage is growing.

People know the truth: the Government is failing to do what’s necessary to keep us safe. They ignored the warnings about coronavirus and let tens of thousands die. Now they’re ignoring warnings of 4˚C of warming from their official Committee on Climate Change, a warning that could result in billions of deaths – with racially marginalised communities, and those in the Global South on the front line.

It’s totally fucked. The social contract between the government and its citizens is broken. Enough is enough. We have an opportunity NOW as we emerge from the pandemic to make the change necessary, but business-as-usual is fighting to regain its hold. We can’t let that happen.

THE REBELLION GOES TO PARLIAMENT

Beginning on 1 September, Extinction Rebellion will return. On that day the UK Parliament starts re-sitting after the summer: but we’re not going to let them back in until they agree to start anew with justice, care and life at the heart of it. From the 1st we will peacefully blockade the UK Parliament in London until they promise that the first thing they’ll do is debate our 3 demands.

The Rebellion will not just be focused on London though. Rebels will also join us in disruption of Cardiff and Manchester. These rebellions are open to all!

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COUNTDOWN TO REBELLION

In order to build pressure towards the blockade, there will be a Countdown to Rebellion starting 28th August with local groups around the country invited to cause high impact disruption in their own regions, to galvanize rebels in readiness for action and to show the Government the Rebellion is coming. 

Extinction Rebellion groups are distributed widely across the UK; in villages, towns and cities across Scotland, Wales and England, so our Rebellion will also reflect this. Beautiful, creative, high impact actions focused on our frustrations at government inaction and local issues will occur like waves in regions and nations across the bank holiday weekend, popping up all over the place, leading to a direct show of strength from September 1st.

Join your local group

Do you want to find out how you should prepare yourself for the Rebellion and how anyone can contribute to it? Check out our Handbook for Life!

Read the handbook for life

Our second handbook for organisers called “We Want To Live – Preparing Your Community For Rebellion” shows you how to get rebels in your area excited about Rebellion again as we emerge from the pandemic, how to train others and mobilise in your community.

Read the we want to live handbook

Find below the design and messaging document for the upcoming rebellion which will help better align on our message this September. This toolkit aims to help us speak as one diverse voice when we take to the streets again.

View the Rebellion Messaging and Design Toolkit

DIGITAL REBELLION

For rebels who are still shielding or unable to travel to one of the three cities, there will be a Digital Rebellion. This will involve spamming the social media accounts, email addresses, and telephone lines of government offices, shutting them down online. More on this to come soon. 

Join the Rebellion Broadcast to get involved in the conversation.

We invite everyone who is sick of the lies, injustice, inequality and harm, to join us. 

Because we want to live. Crisis does not have to mean collapse.

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