During the last couple of months the Extinction Rebellion movement has been carrying out acts of non-violent civil disobedience throughout the world1,2 , mainly in the United Kingdom, in order to achieve a radical change in the management of the planet’s environmental policies. The aim is to minimize the risk of human extinction and the ecological collapse3.
The movement, which emerged in London by the end of 2018 and is spreading every day throughout more states, is organized into small groups, of a participatory, decentralized and inclusive nature. Extinction Rebellion is based on a conception of social change through a culture of regeneration in which the active mobilization of the 3.5% of the population generates social dynamics that allow activating a wider social mass to be able to achieve the objectives sought.
The claims filed in the United Kingdom (which could be extrapolated to the other peoples of the world) are essentially three:
— For the British government to say the truth about climate change, declaring a climate emergency.
— That the government must act already in the fight against said change.
— It is the people, through citizen assemblies, who must promote and organize actions in favor of the planet, pressing the government to act, and not the other way around4.
Climate change is one of the greatest threats to life of the planet in its entire history, and the greatest of the 21st century. Human activity, especially through the activity of transnational corporations, is the most responsible for this situation. The capitalist system conceives the finite planet Earth, as an infinite “pantry” of which you can obtain enormous short-term benefits5.
The necessary fulfillment of the Paris Agreement, as was the case with the Kyoto agreement, is far from being achieved through traditional channels, since governments alone do not have the capacity to implement the necessary measures. The way to face the challenge is not clear, however the alternatives abound in the whole world. Some within the capitalist6,7 system , and others more ambitious8 and radical9. Thus, the mobilization of consciouas people in general, and movements such as Extinction Rebellion in particular, can lay the foundations of decided and decisive action against the greatest challenge of our history.