15 July 2019
09:00 - 18:00 (UTC +01:00)
Glasgow city centre
Extinction Rebellion Scotland
Starting Monday 15th July, we will rise up in an organic, decentralised and coordinated action with one main message: ACT NOW!
Throughout the week, rebels will disrupt central spaces in five cities with the support of local groups from across the UK: https://www.facebook.com/events/505673473590892/
On the Monday, XR Scotland will bring civil disobedience, love, music, and an object of significance to the centre of Glasgow. This will be the biggest Extinction Rebellion action so far in Glasgow.
Please note that unlike the other cities, this action is for ONE DAY ONLY. The time listed on this event is a placeholder only – final timings to be confirmed.
BECOME PART OF THIS ACTION
Details are currently under wraps, but to be kept up to date please sign up HERE:
?We will have a briefing for this action on Sunday 14th July at 7pm. The location of the briefing will be revealed via email to all who’ve signed up via this form: https://actionnetwork.org/forms/sign-up-for-operation-mushroom-15th-19th-july
YOU MUST SIGN UP to get the briefing location, as we won’t be publicising it here. ☀️?
Extinction Rebellion Demand #2: ‘Government must ACT NOW to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.’
Time is running out. Glaciers are melting, permafrost is thawing, sea levels are rising, and hundreds of thousands of people are losing their homes because of climate breakdown. Marginalised communities within the UK are already paying the consequences, and widespread water shortages, famine, extreme weather and conflicts caused by dwindling resources are becoming commonplace in the Global South.
The UK Parliament has announced a climate emergency, but the government is not taking the decisive actions required by the crisis. Their 2050 net zero target is an alarmingly insufficient response for halting climate breakdown and biodiversity loss. By then it will be too late.
Our current economic system rewards the exploitation of people and planet. It is only by adopting meaningful measures to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025, protecting biodiversity, and making ecocide law that the government can show itself to be on the right side of history – in the pursuit of Climate Justice.
In line with the urgency of reports from the IPCC and IPBES, we remind the government of the need to ACT NOW.
THE FUTURE YOU FEAR IS ALREADY HERE
Glasgow / Scotland’s focus for the Summer Uprising is SOLIDARITY WITH CLIMATE REFUGEES. Climate crisis and ecological breakdown are not distant threats: all around the world people are already dying and being displaced.
The world’s most vulnerable communities will and already are suffering disproportionately from the effects of climate and ecological breakdown. Especially at risk are the poor forced to live on precarious, disaster-prone land, and those living in coastal areas and on small islands threatened by rising sea levels.
Desertification in Mali, flooding and storm surges in Bangladesh, hurricanes in the Caribbean, frequent wildfires in Australia, deforestation in Brazil, rising sea levels in Polynesia, food shortages leading to civil war in Libya – these disasters, driven by human consumption, are killing thousands and displacing millions.
68% of all recent major extreme weather events were made more likely or more severe by human-caused climate change.
In 2017, there were 18.8 million people displaced due to disasters and climate-related events; 8.6 million people lost their homes due to floods, 7.5 million due to storms, and 1.3 million due to droughts.
By 2050 climate change will displace 200 million refugees, doubling the number of migrants worldwide.
100 corporations are responsible for 71% of the world’s historical carbon emissions. The vast majority of these corporations concentrate wealth in developed countries after extracting value and resources from countries in the Global South, exacerbating communities’ vulnerability to climate change.
Climate refugees rarely receive formal refugee status or statutory protection, leaving them exposed to draconian policies such as the UK government’s infamous ‘hostile environment’.
We act in solidarity with the displaced and the suffering, who bear the overwhelming burden of a planetary crisis that they hold relatively little responsibility for and have few resources to cope with.
As a pioneer and early adopter of the fossil fuel economy, Scotland holds disproportionate responsibility for these crises. We have an opportunity to be world leaders again by taking radical action to mitigate the worst effects of climate change and to protect the world’s most vulnerable populations. For many around the world the future we fear is already here. We need to act now.
LEARN MORE ABOUT EXTINCTION REBELLION
Extinction Rebellion is a non-violent, international movement that aims to achieve radical change in order to minimise the risk of human and animal extinction and ecological collapse.
We invite everyone, and every part of everyone, to join us for this day of beautiful rebellion.
Visit https://Rebellion.Earth to learn more about our demands, who we are, and our theory of change.
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