We want our government to make ecocide law, defend nature and recognise that around the world people are already dying and being displaced by the climate crisis.
When the world watched riot police in Paris deploying teargas at short range on peaceful, seated protesters (footage may be upsetting), we witnessed a shocking level of repression (see below for more).
We hope the responses of love, shock and solidarity expressed both around the world and within the French government itself will prevent such callousness from becoming a commonplace reality.
Five cities will simultaneously be rearing into rebellion: so if you live in Britain, no matter where you are, you won’t be too far off to help.
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And if you think that’s a whole summer’s worth of rebellion already, just see what we’ve got coming up!
Most exciting of all is next week’s Summer Uprising in the UK, which promises to be practically April-like in scale.Whether or not the French police will change their ways, on the global scale we fear that this will not be the last time XR faces such brutality.We know all the same that such treatment will not deter us from doing what is right.Even here, though, there’s some space for hope: representatives from our Tell The Truth campaign will be meeting senior BBC figures this Friday, and on Wednesday BBC1 will air a documentary entitled ‘Extinction Rebellion: Last Chance to Save the World?’ They’re not the only ones asking this question, as Greenpeace and Amnesty International recently announced a global summit addressing nothing less than human survival, and 1,000 doctors published a letter voicing their ‘distress at the minimal response to looming environmental disaster’, explicitly supporting XR’s methods and goals.Keira Knightley, who voiced the video, joins a growing section of the cultural world facing up to the emergency.On Monday, 200 arts organisations declared their support of XR.We hope the Brits are feeling energetic, as we’ll also see uprisings this weekend in London and later this summer in Manchester, together with a wake-up call to newspapers and whatever else might be in the works…This all before they join the rest of the world in International Rebellion, which we can now announce will begin on the 7th of October.It’s not always easy to tell, and it’s not always easy to do – but together we are making a difference.Those writing this newsletter are incredibly grateful.