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Walk Away from the System Itself and Stand in Utter Defiance to It

Walk Away from the System Itself and Stand in Utter Defiance to It

In Nonviolent Rebellion with Roger Hallam, eco-journalist Chris Hedges talks to Extinction Rebellion co-found Roger Hallam about his recent book, “Common Sense for the 21st Century.” Telling us that “The science is unequivocal: if we do not radically reconfigure our relationship with the planet then we and most other species will become extinct,” Hedges continues: “This extinction is not happening in the distant future, it is happening now…. Even if we stopped all carbon emissions today, the...

Do Not Look Away: Entering the Bardo

Do Not Look Away: Entering the Bardo

Entering the Bardo - Emergence Magazine - Eco-philosopher and Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy, drawing on the Deep Adaptation work of Extinction Rebellion founder Jem Bendell, urges us to recognize that, given the pace of the Great Unraveling (the ongoing collapse of living structures), we are heading toward economic and civilizational collapse. Macy talks about the new solidarity we’re discovering in our determination to move beyond the sick racism we’ve inherited – and tells us that, “When we...

REBEL REVIEWS: PLANET OF THE HUMANS

REBEL REVIEWS: PLANET OF THE HUMANS

There's been quite a bit of controversy over the recent documentary Planet of the Humans by Jeff Gibbs and Michael Moore. The film has been rejected by many wholesale, because of its take-down of Bill McKibben and 350, and because of inaccurate or out-of-date accounting of the latest renewable technology. Many others deride their focus on overpopulation without also pointing out the racist attitudes of those who saw the problem this way in the past. I will address these three concerns—I think...

WHY CLIMATE MOVEMENTS MUST STAND WITH GEORGE FLOYD

WHY CLIMATE MOVEMENTS MUST STAND WITH GEORGE FLOYD

Why climate movements must stand with George FloydAs the demonstrations rage on following the police murders of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks, there’s a question all climate rebels and campaigners should be asking: “Are these protests our cause too?” The answer is an emphatic “Yes” and we urge the burgeoning climate movements to act on that right now. This is not just a moral imperative. It’s a strategic and pragmatic necessity. Here’s why.

ACT NOW: THE UPRISINGS FOR BLACK LIVES & CLIMATE CHANGE

ACT NOW: THE UPRISINGS FOR BLACK LIVES & CLIMATE CHANGE

Photo by munshots on Unsplash The facade is crumbling. The uprisings against police brutality in American cities across the country are being violently repressed with eerie, vicious similarity. Unemployment is at 25%, the highest level since the Great Depression. Our national politics is in shambles. The broken systems of our decadent civilization require more and more energy to maintain, even as fewer and fewer people are served by them.Amid all the chaos of our present breakdown, climate...

XR America Response to Vice’s “Debate Over Racism” Article

XR America Response to Vice’s “Debate Over Racism” Article

This blog post is part of our response to a recent article in the online magazine VICE: Debate Over Racism Has Split One of the World's Most Famous Climate Groups XR America exists because of a burning desire to lean in strongly, NOW, to mobilize a critical percentage of the population of the United States to take non-violent direct action and halt the accelerating breakdown of earth’s natural life-support systems.   This planetary catastrophe is not just a matter of “clean air” or...

Israel Shows Us the Future of Protest

Israel Shows Us the Future of Protest

Israel Shows Us the Future of ProtestAmid the pandemic, demonstrations and dissent are adapting to an era of social distancing. Rabin Square in Tel Aviv has always been a popular site for demonstration. Israelis gathered on this expansive plaza to protest the Gaza War in 2014 and to demand LGBT rights in 2018.

Former UN Climate Chief Calls For Civil Disobedience

Former UN Climate Chief Calls For Civil Disobedience

Former UN Climate Chief Calls For Civil DisobedienceIn a book out tomorrow, the woman who led the negotiations for the Paris Agreement calls for civil disobedience to force institutions to respond to the climate crisis. "It's time to participate in non-violent political movements wherever possible," Christiana Figueres writes in " The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis ," which will be released tomorrow by Knopf.

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