About Extinction Rebellion
Extinction Rebellion Guelph is the Guelph, Ontario chapter of the Extinction Rebellion movement. Extinction Rebellion is an international movement using non-violent direct action and civil disobedience to enact necessary change to minimize the risk of human extinction and ecological collapse and ensure that a sense of justice motivates the transition to the low carbon future.
The initial structure of Extinction Rebellion was established in April 2018 by a group of 15 people in the UK. In November 2018 Extinction Rebellion organized an action of civil disobedience in London, England which shut down five bridges over the Thames River. Shortly after this action, affiliated groups started to spring up around the world. Today groups exist at the national, regional and local level all over the world.
More background information on the rebellion can be found on the parent organization’s website.
We have four demands:
TELL THE TRUTH
We demand that our government must tell the truth about the severity of the climate crisis, must reverse all policies not in alignment with that position and must work alongside the media to communicate the the true scale of the crisis and the urgency for change including what individuals, communities and businesses need to do.
We demand that the government enact legally-binding policies to reduce carbon emissions in Canada to net zero by 2025 and take further action to remove the excess of atmospheric greenhouse gases. We must cooperate internationally so that the global economy runs on no more than half a planet’s worth of resources per year.
We demand that the government must create and be led by a Citizen’s Assembly on climate and ecological justice.
JUSTICE FOR ALL
We demand self-determination for Indigenous communities both in Canada and around the world. The response to the climate crisis must center the rights and needs of Indigenous peoples, people of colour, the economically disadvantaged, people with disabilities, migrants, and those of all genders and sexualities. Solutions must be actively de-colonial and firmly safeguard the dignity of all.