The movement is demanding urgent action from the Government on the climate and ecological emergency, they carried out ‘die-ins’ in Nottingham city centre today ( Sat 16th March )
The ‘die-in’ is designed to grab the attention of the public, and to act as a powerful metaphor for the precarious position human life has on Planet Earth.
The protestors will lay down for 11 minutes – one for each year which remains of the 12 given last year by the International Panel on Climate Change.
They urged rapid and unprecedented changes to every aspect of our lives in order to limit global temperature increases to the agreed “safe” level of 1.5 degrees Celsius.
Protests have been taking place across Nottingham today as part of Extinction Rebellion’s escalating climate activism. The protests have taken the form of a ‘Die-in’, in which XR activists simulate being dead at carefully chosen locations across the city.
Organisers say that these protests aim to cause some disruption, not for its own sake, but to provoke public thought and discussion along two main avenues:
1. The motives of the protestors – The Extinction Rebels are not hardened climate activists.
They describe themselves as ordinary people who have realised the scale and urgency of the danger the planet faces, and who have seen no evidence of any government responding appropriately to it.
They say that protestors are acting out of desperation after all the petitions, marches, letters and social media posts have been ignored. Many have made individual lifestyle changes, such as eating less meat, flying less, using public transport, recycling etc., but realise that their efforts cannot work unless governments make the systemic changes
necessary to act at a planetary scale.
They say they recognise the disruption they are causing, but consider it tiny, and worthwhile, if it serves to prevent the massive disruption resulting from a collapse in our societies caused by a dying planet.
They are acting to safeguard the future of all life on Earth for every single person alive today, and for those yet to be born.
To demonstrate that the climate crisis movement is growing in size and gathering
momentum – The Extinction Rebels wish to raise awareness of the climate crisis, which
they believe is not sufficiently recognised, at least in part because governments and
media have not been proactive in this regard. The protestors believe that, given a proper
understanding of the seriousness and urgency of the situation, people would be motivated to mitigate the worst impacts of climate change.
Extinction Rebellion has three demands:
1. The Government must tell the truth about the ecological emergency, reverse inconsistent policies and work alongside the media to communicate with citizens
2. The Government must enact legally binding policy measures to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025 and to reduce consumption levels
3. A national Citizen’s Assembly to oversee the changes, as part of creating a democracy fit for purpose.