Race against extinction: When hope fails, action begins

“When hope fails, action begins.”
~ Roger Hallam, co-founder of Extinction Rebellion in the United Kingdom

→ SBS – 7 September 2019:
Nearly half of Australia’s native plants are under threat from climate change
“Scientists are battling to save Australia’s native species, with a nationwide study finding almost half are threatened by rising temperatures and erratic rainfall.”

Why this matters? Netflix wrote: “Powerful and empowering. Sir David Attenborough breaks down why he values Our Planet and why we all need to act to take on saving this world. ”

“It is now time for civil disobedience. It is now time to rebel.”
~ Greta Thunberg, Swedish teenager and climate action advocate

Dear Earthlings,    

In 2013, Naomi Klein penned this analysis on what scientists were telling us six years ago: “We need to revolt!”

Today the science is more certain than ever that we are careening towards a changed climate that may well be bringing on a repeat of the great Permian Extinction event 252 million years ago. That extinction event wiped out 96% of marine species and 70% of terrestrial life, and was almost instantaneous in the geological timescale.   

The extinction event that we seem to racing towards now, without care, may occur even faster.

We weren’t listening back in 2013, are we listening today? After the pathetic display from Australia in the Pacific Islands Forum, and even looking at climate impacts in the very face, it seems that our politicians are even more entrenched in business as usual than they were back then. Coal, coal, coal, and more fracking than ever! How did we let it get to this?

Many of us all around the world have had enough, and we are rebelling. Extinction Rebellion, begun only nine months ago in the UK by Roger Hallam (his PhD was on revolutions throughout history and how they succeeded), is now gaining momentum in Australia.

All other methods of politely asking for the climate crisis to be taken seriously have failed dismally, so we must now rebel. Exactly what Vice President Al Gore called for in 2012 – non-violent civil disobedience is the only means by which we will bring on the necessary political and economic changes.

And today, QLD Premier responded by not addressing the climate emergency, but by strengthening laws to outlaw lock-on devices, gluing, and giving police greater powers in protest control. Yep, that’s it, shut down the truth, do not interrupt the businesses as usual that is killing the world….    

Just go away and let us get on with ecocide, and cuddling up with our obscenely wealthy, elite mates.    

This will only strengthen XR’s resolve to achieve change.

The time for being nice is over. Get angry and be loud.

~ David

Adj Professor David A Hood AM, Queensland
Chairman, Long Future Foundation, Adjunct Professor, University of Queensland Energy Initiative

Dr Gail Bradbrook is bringing depth, breadth and wisdom to the Extinction Rebellion movement 

• Wai H. Tsang talking with XR about strategy from visionary/esoteric perspective https://youtu.be/9x-kD24hfmg
• Wai H. Tsang analysing successful revolutionary movements: https://youtu.be/AJAx1XLmTN0
• Jane Morton on Emergency Mode Messaging: https://youtu.be/MBGHTRx6xAU
• Valerie Kaur on 3 lessons of Revolutionary Love in a time of rage: https://youtu.be/5ErKrSyUpEo
• An explanation of spiral dynamics: https://youtu.be/S8Ad2osfqqc
• Iain McGilchrist on the divided brain: https://youtu.be/dFs9WO2B8uI
• Jill Bolte Taylor Ted Talk – a Stroke of insight: https://youtu.be/UyyjU8fzEYU
• Frederick Laloux reinventing organisations https://youtu.be/gcS04BI2sbk

Join the rebellion: www.Rebellion.Earth
International: www.Rebellion.Global

1. #TellTheTruth
2. #ActNow
3. #BeyondPolitics

“If today’s decision makers do not understand the double seriousness of climate crisis and social crisis and understand that we need a radical change, I fear that some in desperation will end up in eco-terrorism.”
~ Jørgen Steen Nielsen, author and journalist at the Danish newspaper Information



Major Extinction Rebellion action in Melbourne

Radio interview with Alan from Extinction Rebellion Melbourne

Starting 7 October 2019, there are plans to do disruptive actions all over the world in major capital cities such as London, Paris, Berlin, Madrid, New York and San Franscisco.

Australia and New Zealand get to kick things off with a bang. Extinction Rebellion groups in most states of Australia will be staging disruptions in their capital cities during that week.

If you would like to know more about this and how you can get involved, you can contact us at The Sustainable Hour – our email is tsh@climatesafety.info – or go to www.facebook.com/XRVictoria

Book it in. Prepare. On Sunday 6 October, pack your rucksack. Come to Melbourne. It is time to disrupt and rebel.

→ Sign up and let others know you are coming: on Facebook