Extinction Rebellion is an international apolitical network using non-violent direct action to persuade governments to act on the Climate and Ecological Emergency.
0. A Just Transformation
Government must respond to the climate and ecological crisis with a just transformation that is actively decolonial, prioritizing the livelihoods of workers and the rights of those most oppressed by the present system, including our non-human relations.
1. Tell the Truth
Government must tell the truth by declaring a climate and ecological emergency, working with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change.
2. Act Now
Government must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.
3. Beyond Politics
Government must create and be led by the decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice.
A Just Transformation: Why a “0 Demand?”
Canada is a high-emitting, extractivist and settler colonial nation-state responsible for historical and ongoing environmental degradation, colonial injustice, and the dispossession of human and non-human communities domestically and globally. While the climate and ecological crisis affects us all, many are disproportionately affected, including BIPOC communities, rural communities, women, the poor, and those in the global south.
Therefore, Canada’s response to the climate and ecological crisis must be actively decolonial and prioritize the rights and needs of those most affected, both within Canada and in the Global South. This includes respecting the inherent rights of Indigenous peoples to their lands, territories, legal processes, and cultures in accordance with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP). Government’s response must also address the rights and needs of other racialized communities, the poor, those of marginalized genders and sexualities, disabled people, and migrants, as well as non-human communities and ecosystems. It must actively dismantle our current system of patriarchy, acknowledging its role in climate change, oppression, and the exploitation of people and ecosystems, replacing it with a new system that embodies gender justice and reflects the contributions that all gender expressions bring to the wellness of humanity and our planet. It must support all workers affected by the transforming economy, including those in the fossil fuels, mining, and agricultural sectors, in transitioning to other just forms of employment.
Tell the Truth: Emergency Communication for Emergency Action
All Governments, international organisations and institutions must tell the truth about the planetary emergency, and act as if the truth were real.
The right to life implies the right to accurate information about risks to life and the international community must speak out both about the countless lives being lost now and also about the billions of all of us that are in increasing danger.
Relevant bodies include local, national and regional governments; international organisations such as the United Nations, World Trade Organisation, World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Asian Development Bank, the African Union, the European Union and the Organisation of American States; and groupings such as the G7, G20 and G77.
We demand that these bodies undertake massive public service media campaigns to educate the public and mobilize support for necessary policies.
Act Now: Legislating Action for Now
The IPCC says global decarbonisation by 2050 would leave only a 50% chance of avoiding 1.5˚C warming. A 50% chance of avoiding disaster is not good enough and an emergency 10-year plan of global decarbonisation and planetary repair is required.
The Canadian Government and international community must also begin a programme of adaptation to the changing conditions that are to come.
In order to deliver the emergency plan high consuming countries will need to reach net zero by 2025 and to support low consuming countries with finance and technology transfer.
We demand that Ecocide be adopted as a 5th international crime in the Rome Statute.
Beyond Politics: What is a Citizens’ Assembly?
We know that in times of crisis there will be those who attempt to divide us for their own benefit and we know that that way disaster lies.
We demand a strengthening of inclusive democracies through a network of Citizens’ Assemblies (from local to global), selected by sortition, that will hold governments and international organisations to account for delivery on the 10-year emergency plan.
In particular the Citizens’ Assemblies will determine the finance and technology flows from high consuming to low consuming countries, as required to realise global net zero and planetary repair by 2030 and to support adaptation. Citizens assemblies will give power to the people - not to the transnational financiers motivated by profit, and easily corruptable governments motivated by short term incentives.
As, collectively, we must consume less and tread more lightly on the Earth, we will learn from Indigenous peoples’ custodianship of the commons for future generations.