“Rebellion has its roots in government’s indifference and incompetence.” – Mike Barnicle
A Time For Action
Recently I’ve read that more than 300 scientists have signed a declaration endorsing civil disobedience campaigns around the world because pressure is needed for political entities to begin taking this current climate crisis far more seriously. Our situation is critical right now and our response to the coming crisis is far from adequate to curb this coming disaster. Our governments are not listening to the science being produced, and some political parties are still running campaigns that work against the science in order to maximize profits over the sustainability of our planet. These things need to change now!
One group which has started the civil disobedience movement is the Extinction Rebellion whom originated in the United Kingdom. Their goals are aligned with the science to force governments into greater action towards the climate crisis by using acts of civil disobedience and non-violent protests to garner attention of the impending disaster.
In their most famous action in November of 2018, over 6000 volunteers blocked off 5 bridges in London, England for several hours in an act of civil disobedience which lead to the arrest of 82 individuals. Now they plan on growing to become an international movement in order to spread the movement worldwide. When our situations grow worse because of climate change it’s not going to affect the wealthiest first, but all of us average folk. The wealthiest hold all of the power in our current societies and if money is all that they listen to, then we need to hit them in their profits.
Our elected officials globally are failing us
Well the Extinction Rebellion has announced it is coming to Canada officially as of December 2019, and I for one will be more than happy to join the cause. There are over 1000 members already in the movement here in Canada. If you are someone who is deeply concerned by the coming crisis and the inaction of our current political process then you should consider taking action as well. Canadians can find the Extinction Rebellion website here, and for anyone else, a quick Google search of your country’s name and the “Extinction Rebellion” should provide you with some quick results.
Through every generation we are all tested at least once by something very important to humanity and we must each decide how we will face those defining challenges. We can do so with our heads in the sand, denying our reality and hoping that somebody else will fix it all for us, or we can fight to make a difference in this world with the little bit of power that we each have inside of us.
In this day and age it is impossible to be neutral to what’s happening in the world. There seem to be just two groups of people left:
1- The deniers. The cowards. The rich and selfish. The ignorant. The hateful. Those who just believe what they are told (religious fanatics). Those afraid of change. The conspiracy theorists.
2- The educated. The progressives. The idealists. The brave. The conscientious rebels. Those who care for humanity as a whole. Those who want real change in the world. The truly good and moral people thinking about the future.
There is no in-between anymore. Being neutral in regards to the coming crisis and current state of political affairs just means that you are enabling the oppressive forces currently established. I know it can be scary to take a side, but this is a pivotal moment for humanity all across the world, and now is the perfect time to make a real difference for our species. Now is the time to leave your mark and make a stand. Now is the time to be part of a global movement that matters! Whether that’s through acts of civil disobedience or with your vote and voice, just allow yourself to be heard. It is so important right now!
We can all change the world as long as we believe we can.
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.” – Desmond Tutu