Extinction Rebellion on Mobilizing Mass Dissent /125

This past April’s Extinction Rebellion mass movement, acknowledging our climate and ecological emergency reality, successfully encouraged the UK parliament to declare a climate and environment emergency. However, efforts are still required before the government enacts relevant policies. Extinction Rebellion’s mission urges radical changes from the political sphere for citizens to adapt to our climate crisis, drive governments to halt biodiversity loss, reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net 0 by 2025, and influence a citizen’s assembly on our climate and ecological emergency. This nonviolent civil disobedience and economic disruption aims to risk the least amount of resource drain for mass impact and dilemma action from those in power. Liam Geary Baulch, Jasmine Salter, and Linda Doyle are three of Extinction Rebellion’s core members who speak to us about the values, inner workings, and way forward of this soon to be international rebellion.

An artist, activist and one of the key players in launching Extinction Rebellion, Liam Geary Baulch has been creating national actions with the movement since 2018 along with Stop Killing Londoners, one of Rising Up's earlier campaigns on air pollution. We also speak with former architecture student, Jasmine Salter who left school to become involved in climate activism. She is one of the Regenerative Culture co-ordinators who focuses on action well-being and has helped build support networks throughout Extinction Rebellion’s actions. Finally, Linda Doyle joins us. A social psychology master’s graduate, Linda is one of the coordinators of Extinction Rebellion's UK national citizens' assembly team. 

We need a regenerative culture…different ways of organizing, dealing with conflict, different ways of dealing with consent, trying to build community…
— Extinction Rebellion / Episode 125

In this episode, Ayana speaks to these three key members about creating the high-priority changes required in this time of crisis through nonviolent civil disobedience and economic disruption as the core movement, while using citizen’s assembly to provide a balanced view on our current issues among the people, and stakeholders. They delve into the importance of non-violent movements for climate momentum, navigating public awareness while risking the lowest criminal charge while discussing how regenerative culture and people’s assemblies create inclusive and democratic groups which work against ecofascism and towards a more democracy-focused political agenda.

♫ Music by Compassion Gorilla, Iskwé, alchemaná



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Explore Extinction Rebellion’s book This Is Not A Drill: An Extinction Rebellion Handbook released June 13, 2019.


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