Melbourne Extinction rebellion activists host collective ‘roar for the climate’

From Extinction Rebellion

Extinction Rebellion are holding a large-scale collective ‘Roar for the Climate’ on Saturday, 1st June 2019, after Scott Morrison gave thanks to “Quiet Australians” for the Coalition’s recent election win.

“It’s never been more clear that silence is the breeding ground for climate inaction,” the event organisers have stated, “so, silent we shall no longer be.”

Participants will meet at 12pm in front of Parliament House, where they will collectively participate in a sixty-second long “primal roar for the climate”, which symbolises “not a cry of hopelessness” but rather a collective pledge of action, to fight against of Earth’s sixth mass extinction which scientists have attributed to anthropogenic climate change.

Extinction Rebellion understands the need to create “a culture which is healthy, resilient and adaptable”, and thus promotes ’Regenerative Culture’ as a core value, throughout all of its activities, by creating space to allow members of the movement to take care of themselves, and each other. As part of this practice, the ‘Roar’ will be followed by a meeting of ‘calming and cleansing’ in Treasury Gardens, where activists have the opportunity to check-in with each other, socialise, and discuss the action.

Activists demand the Australian governments increase their efforts to a level previously “unparalleled in their scope, ambition, urgency and persistence” to “raise the alarm on the Climate Emergency”. Extinction Rebellion is calling on Scott Morrison’s government to:

◦ Tell the truth by declaring a climate and ecological emergency, working with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change.

◦ Act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.

◦ Create and be led by the decisions of a Peoples’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice.

Wales, Scotland, Britain and Ireland declared ‘climate emergency’ recently after extensive campaigns of large-scale nonviolent direct action, which has been brought the current global climactic and ecological emergency to the forefront of political conversations.

The most recent U.N. Global Environment Report has found that as many as one million species are now facing extinction, posing a dire threat to human survival. The report addresses the urgent need for decision makers around the world to take immediate action on this dire matter. In spite of this, the Coalition continues to support carbon intensive industries, such as commercial agriculture, coal and forestry industries, putting the natural ecosystems Australians depend on for fresh food and drinking water at increased risk.

“Our government isn’t acting in accordance with what science and history tells us. Therefore, our government is criminally negligent. We have a moral duty to rebel, whatever our politics. History shows us that peaceful civil disobedience is an effective way to bring about change.”

Extinction Rebellion is a global people’s movement.

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