“Dr. Gail Bradbrook, a mother of two boys, has seen enough of her government’s complicity in pumping increasing amounts of CO2 and methane into an already overburdened atmosphere.
“A professor of molecular biophysics, her deep understanding of science has led her to confront the existential crisis facing humans. Acting on her love for her children and the disrupted world that is being left to them, she has channeled her horror about this crisis into action.
“Dr. Bradbrook co-founded the group Rising Up!, which is now helping to organize the Extinction Rebellion, a movement composed of several thousand people across the UK that is using nonviolent direct action and civil disobedience to demand action on our climate emergency.
“Bradbrook devoted herself to learning about economics and theories of change. She knew the system had to be changed before it killed us all, but for nearly a decade she repeatedly failed in her attempts to inspire or ignite a mass civil disobedience movement.
“A “rebellion” might sound extreme, but given the times, it is not. This moment has been long in the making for Dr. Bradbrook. Truthout asked what compelled her to the point of fomenting a rebellion against her government. Was it the climate crisis, or government inaction?
“Something deeper,” Dr. Bradbrook replied. “A lifetime of a deeper knowing that something isn’t right…starting at age nine, a longing to be part of the change process and a ridiculous nerdy side that is always asking why? Why is [the state of the planet] like this?”
““So in 2016 I went on a deep retreat to address personal anxiety and to pray for guidance,” she explained. When she returned, Dr. Bradbrook galvanized the Extinction Rebellion.
“In order to create a political crisis, Dr. Bradbrook believes mass civil disobedience must involve roughly three percent of her country’s population. She believes it’s possible to build such a coalition, because the kind of changes that Extinction Rebellion is advocating for would ultimately benefit everyone. The by-products of forcing governments around the world to take drastic actions to mitigate the climate crisis at hand are a more beautiful Earth, deeper connections and less frenetic lives.
“I think that the changes needed will also resolve many other issues we are facing,” Bradbrook explained. “That is why I call for those working in other fields to join this movement…there is a time for mass civil disobedience to change the system and I feel it has arrived.””
Read the full story by Dahr Jamail….
One of the great activists and spiritual teachers of our era, Joanna Macy, brings a hopeful message: If we can free ourselves from the delusions and dependencies bred by the “industrial growth society,” something wonderful can happen. If we manage to steer clear of panic, we may well find, at last, the wild power of our creativity and solidarity. (starts at 6.20)
Introduction by Nina Simons, Co-Founder of Bioneers.
“US ACADEMIC and activist Noam Chomsky is among 100 eminent people to sign a global call to arms on climate change.
“The open letter published today, written by representatives of Extinction Rebellion (XR), calls on concerned global citizens to “rise up and organise” against the “current complacency” over ecological and climate emergency.
“About 50 British academics, politicians and campaigners have signed the letter along with figures from the US, Australia, Benin, France, New Zealand, Ghana and other countries.
“It states that international political organisations and national governments must prioritise the climate-emergency issue immediately and urgently draw up “comprehensive policies” to address it.
“The letter calls for conventionally privileged nations to voluntarily fund environmental protection policies in impoverished nations, action to avoid risk of hunger through investment in extreme-weather-resistant food production, an urgent summit on saving the Arctic icecap and more.”
Read the full story by Ceren Sagir….
Photo: Jeanbaptisteparis/Creative Commons
For 25 years countless of people have stood in front of the United Nations climate conferences, asking our nation’s leaders to stop the emissions. But, clearly, this has not worked since the emissions just continue to rise.
So I will not ask them anything.
Instead, I will ask the people around the world to realize that our political leaders have failed us.
Because we are facing an existential threat and there is no time to continue down this road of madness.
Rich countries like Sweden need to start reducing emissions by at least 15% every year to stay below the 2 degree warming target. You would think the media and every one of our leaders would be talking about nothing else — but no one ever even mentions it.
Nor does hardly anyone ever talk about that we are in the midst of the sixth mass extinction, with up to 200 species going extinct every single day.
Furthermore, does no one ever speak about the aspect of equity clearly stated in the Paris agreement, which is absolutely necessary to make it work on a global scale. That means that rich countries like mine need to get down to zero emissions, within 6–12 years with today’s emission speed.
Because how can we expect countries like India, Colombia or Nigeria to care about the climate crisis if we, who already have everything, don’t care even a second about our actual commitments to the Paris agreement?
So when school started in August this year I sat myself down on the ground outside the Swedish parliament. I school-striked for the climate.
Some people say that I should be in school instead. Some people say that I should study to become a climate scientist so that I can ”solve the climate crisis”. But the climate crisis has already been solved. We already have all the facts and solutions.
And why should I be studying for a future that soon may be no more, when no one is doing anything to save that future? And what is the point of learning facts when the most important facts clearly mean nothing to our society?
Today we use 100 million barrels of oil every single day. There are no politics to change that. There are no rules to keep that oil in the ground.
So we can no longer save the world by playing by the rules. Because the rules have to be changed.
So we have not come here to beg the world leaders to care for our future. They have ignored us in the past and they will ignore us again.
We have come here to let them know that change is coming whether they like it or not. The people will rise to the challenge. And since our leaders are behaving like children, we will have to take the responsibility they should have taken long ago.
Footage: UNFCCC, Videographer Justin K. Davey
Facts about We Don’t Have Time
We Don’t Have Time are currently building the world’s largest social media network for climate action. Together we can solve the climate crisis.
But we are running out of time.
“In the face of climate breakdown and ecological overshoot, alluring promises of “green growth” are no more than magical thinking. We need to restructure the fundamentals of our global cultural/economic system to cultivate an “ecological civilization”: one that prioritizes the health of living systems over short-term wealth production.
“While this vision may seem a distant dream to those who are transfixed by the daily frenzy of current events, innumerable pioneering organizations around the world are already planting the seeds for this cultural metamorphosis.
“As the mainstream juggernaut drives our current civilization inexorably toward breaking point, it’s easy to dismiss these steps toward a new form of civilization as too insignificant to make a difference. However, as the current system begins to break down in the coming years, increasing numbers of people around the world will come to realize that a fundamentally different alternative is needed. Whether they turn to movements based on prejudice and fear or join in a vision for a better future for humanity depends, to a large extent, on the ideas available to them.
“One way or another, humanity is headed for the third great transformation in its history: either in the form of global collapse or a metamorphosis to a new foundation for sustainable flourishing. An ecological civilization offers a path forward that may be the only true hope for our descendants to thrive on Earth into the distant future.”
Read the full story by Jeremy Lent, author of The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity’s Search for Meaning….
“When you’re looking for stories that are robust enough to hold a culture together and our relationship to weather patterns, and the movement of the eagle, and the great thinking of the Earth, bone memory is what we need. We’re living in such perilous times now that the stories that we need have to have that caribou dust in them, they have to have a remembering in them.
“By going deeper into myth, I go deeper into love, and when I go deeper into love, innately I find morality. I locate a true north in my own heart. We’re living in a time where we are heavily defended against experiences of our own beauty. What’s going on with the laptops and the screens and everything, it means that our gaze is becoming compromised. We no longer feel the ten thousand trembling secrets at the edges of our vision. But go to any indigenous hunter and say, where is your vision most potent, and it is on the edge of things. When a culture is in crisis, genius comes, not from the centre, but from the edge. The hour is very late for us now as a culture, and we have to wake up.” ~ Martin Shaw, mythologist, writer and teacher
A short film by Andreas Kornevall. (8-minutes)