Extinction Rebellion Protests Stop Business As Usual Across The Planet

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Above: Death Masks at Westminster, October 7, 2019.

Extinction Rebellion blood on the Wall Street bull, October 7, 2019.

The newest climate crisis campaign of Extinction Rebellion, called “International Rebellion,” has begun. On October 7,  Extinction Rebellion began two weeks of disruptions intended to show governments that citizens are not satisfied with their lack of actions to curb climate change and protect wild species.

Across the globe, activists blocked roads and staged demonstrations in big cities on Monday, part of a wide-ranging series of protests demanding much more urgent action against climate change. Associated Press reported that “Demonstrators stopped traffic in European cities including Berlin, London, Paris and Amsterdam. In New York, activists smeared themselves — and emblems of Wall Street — in fake blood and lay in the street. In some cities, activists chained themselves to vehicles or pitched tent camps and vowed not to budge.”

The Climate News Network reported police protected 10 Downing Street but did not stop XR from blocking streets. They wrote, “Handing out leaflets entitled: ‘It’s time to tell the truth’, the protestors stressed their key message: ‘We are in trouble. Sea levels are rising. Heatwaves are killing crops. The Arctic is melting, and Africa and the Amazon are on fire.'” People carried “homemade placards: ‘Choose Extinction or Rebellion’, ‘We can’t eat money, we can’t drink oil’, ‘Mars for the Privileged, Earth for the Poor’, and ‘We must rise before the tides.’”

New York City Police arrest activists with the Extinction Rebellion movement as they demonstrate outside the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, kicking off a wide-ranging series of worldwide protests demanding much more urgent action against climate change. AP.

Wall Street was a target of protests because investors are funding fossil fuel infrastructure and profiting from the continued use of fossil fuels even though they know it is destroying the planet. AP described the Wall Street protest writing, “In New York City, protesters doused a famous statue of a charging bull near Wall Street with fake blood. One protester waving a green flag climbed on top of the bull. Other activists splashed with red dye staged a ‘die-in’ in front of the New York Stock Exchange — lying down as if dead while tourists gawked.”

Extinction Rebellion, Act Now, Toronto, Canada, October 7, 2019.

Extinction Rebellion was founded in England last year and has chapters in some 50 countries. The group said the protests Monday were taking place in 60 cities worldwide in countries including Turkey, Canada, South Africa, and Mexico. This morning, in a newsletter Extinction Rebellion wrote:

It’s happening. It can’t be ignored. It’s only growing stronger.

It’s a rebellion.

We’re back on the roads – with as much joy, fear, love and courage as ever. We’re shutting down cities – not because it’s fun (though it can be), but because it’s our last option for stopping this toxic system in its tracks.

Our world is dying. To save it, we’ll need everyone – wherever and whoever you are – to do your bit.

And though we’re still somewhat short of the shared, global consciousness we need, we’re getting ever closer.

This International Rebellion which began on Monday is so vast it’s almost impossible to take it all in. Thousands of people flood 60 cities across the globe, with over 700 brave rebels arrested as they stand up for their right to life, and that’s just the start.

In their newsletter, they highlighted some of the cities writing, “the 11 vibrant sites held around the centre of London, the choir of Amsterdam rebels, the blood poured on the bull statue in Wall Street in New York, the ambition of our banner-hangers, the Red Brigade arriving in Tel Aviv and Istanbul, underwater protest art in Mexico, and the boats of every shape and size that we are so desperately trying to keep afloat.” The newsletter went on to highlight cities in every continent. Below are tweets showing actions around the world.

Here is how to get involved with Extinction Rebellion.

take to the streets on six continents, united in joyous, nonviolent rebellion against criminal inaction on the climate and ecological emergency.

Extinction or Rebellion Banner in London

Extinction Rebellion Die-In on Wall Street

Chicago

Washington

Arrests on Bridge in London

London

Setting up camps in streets around Westminster

George Monbiot opens vegan food market

Link between climate and war highlighted in this London protest

Linked to a mock Trident Missile to block streets

Amsterdam

Germany

Parents protested for their children.

Australia

  • voza0db

    These types of protests are not new… and yet we’ve reached the current level of ECOSYSTEMS DESTRUCTION & POLLUTION, that just keeps on rising.

    Why do these protesters think these protests will affect or destroy the MAIN SYSTEM?

  • DeOccupy

    Gotta start somewhere. Most people havenʻt even written a letter to the editor or tried to take part in the political process. Getting people engaged is the start. When they feel the repression by the corporate state, it only causes their indignation and courage to grow. The non-violent spectacle is much easier for regular people to join than “action by the deed” which inevitably sparks repression by the state.

  • I really liked the placard “Mars for the Privileged, Earth for the Poor”. It made me smile, but poor Mars eh?

    I’ve been thinking that since XR has managed to create a global movement that is fairly broad in its focus for change (incorporates environmental, economic, and social change) that members of other movements and those who aren’t yet active members of any movement could join/hook-up with XR and finally fuse into One Movement of Movements.
    This seems to be the obvious opportunity to build the girth necessary for success.

    Just my two bits worth.

  • Greeley Miklashek

    Kelly, didn’t you leave out “population reduction” through one-child families in your “broad…focus for change”? That is the core issue for saving the planet and our species that ER seems to ignore. Stress R Us

  • jwreitter

    If all this seems “alarmist”, it is because the rising temps and rising seas really are alarming! We all have to face the truth of the climate emergency and take immediate action against the big polluters or we are literally doomed to live in an age of catastrophic climate disasters that will keep getting worse.

  • Thank you for the call-out Greeley. Yes, from what I understand they do support population management as well. I have no idea what if any plan they have to accomplish that.

    Your “one-child families” is a little too generous I think. It would take too long to reduce the population to sustainable levels if our average fertility rate was 1.00. If we look at a 2 billion (1927) target, we need to move to a 0.33 rate and if we’re more optimistic that a 4 billion number is sustainable, then we’d need to plan for a 0.5 fertility rate. The consumption rate won’t go down fast enough to support the population at the 1.00 rate. Birth curtailment needs to be more dramatic to reduce the ongoing harm to the ecosystems in order to give them a chance at recovery. Based on the credible scientific reports I’ve read anyway.

  • voza0db

    Starting with a non-solution is no start at all! It’s just another form to help some people blow some steam… and after the parties, protests, they resume their daily modern slavery!

    Most of them don’t even want REAL CHANGE, they just like the adrenaline rush.

  • voza0db

    Only one viable solution…

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/becf593b7b291fe6fa41492fc591629ebd4a37c7d09653ac720c9eef0355a3d3.gif

    Everything else is just wishful thinking… And umans do love to embrace wishful thinking!

  • Greeley Miklashek

    Thrilled to have this discussion. With one-child families (fertility rate 0.5/pr) we end up back at the 1950 level of 2.5B by 2,100, according to my math. That would be barely sustainable if we’re all vegans and eating 1,500 cal/d. The alternative is…? Thanks for the feedback!

  • lol you are too much. Thanks for the chuckle.

  • voza0db

    After the LOL if you really observe what we are and what we do millennia after millennia, you can only reach the same conclusion.

    Only a powerful outside force will CHANGE uman animals.

    Two outcomes are possible:

    1- The event causes the extinction of uman animals and almost all other types of species. Nothing new!

    2- Very few uman animals survive and these are balanced enough NOT TO REPEAT the same degeneration path.