Vancouver will be one of about 60 cities that will see peaceful civil disobedience beginning on Monday (October 7) as part of what's being called an "International Rebellion" for the climate.
Extinction Rebellion Vancouver protesters are planning to take over the Burrard Bridge on Monday (October 7).
This will be preceded by an "information day" on Saturday (October 5) from 1 to 5 p.m. at the BMO Theatre Centre (162 West 1st Avenue). That's where prospective demonstrators can learn more about the event.
In Halifax, Extinction Rebellion is planning to block the Angus L. Macdonald Bridge on Monday.
Extinction Rebellion was founded last year in the U.K. by Roger Hallam and Gail Bradbrook and employs the same types of tactics used by U.S. civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi.
Hallam argues that peaceful civil disobedience has been demonstrated throughout history to be the most effective way to force a state to change its ways.
Since its creation, Extinction Rebellion has launched many disruptive direct actions in the U.K., including paralyzing traffic.
This morning, it sprayed fake blood around the British Treasury building.
Extinction Rebellion has three demands:
1. Governments must tell the whole truth by declaring a climate and ecological emergency.
2. Governments must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.
3. To get beyond politics, governments must create and be led by the decisions of a Citizens' Assembly on climate and ecological justice.
Extinction Rebellion argues that humanity could join the long list of disappearing species if dramatic action isn't taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Its Twitter feed features a video (below) of Australia National University professor emeritus and chemist Will Steffen.
In it, Steffen points out that Earth is on track for a 4 C temperature rise by the end of this century compared to the preindustrial period.
"So we're talking about a shift as big as between an Ice Age when mastodons and woolly mammoths were around and humans barely survived," Steffen says. "We're talking about the same difference. But not in 5,000 years—in one century."
In the video, he questions whether humans could survive a transformation of this magnitude.
In light of this, many young people have become captivated by the #FridaysforFuture movement launched by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg.
She questions why students should be in school if there won't be any viable future for them as adults.
Now, it appears that this has spread to university students in the U.K.
The video below shows four Extinction Rebellion activists who've dropped out of their postsecondary studies because they want to devote more attention to the climate crisis.