Declaration Day

22nd March 2019

The time has come to deliver Extinction Rebellion’s demands to governments across Australia.

FIGHT FOR LIFE

We are in the middle of an Ecological crisis. Our course is set for mass species extinction, and societal collapse. Our future looks bleak and our children are not safe.

Change to avert the worst of the disaster is still technically and economically possible. It involves envisioning and building a world which is ecologically and socially just.

This is an emergency situation – action is urgent.

Our Government isn’t acting in accordance with what science and history tells us. Therefore our Government is criminally negligent.

We have a moral duty to rebel, whatever our politics. History shows us that peaceful civil disobedience is an effective way to bring about change.

Our lives have meaning when we follow our conscience and fight to protect what we love. We ask others who feel the same way to join our peaceful Rebellion.

OUR DEMANDS

1

The Government must tell the truth about the climate and wider ecological emergency, reverse inconsistent policies and work alongside the media to communicate with citizens.

2

The Government must enact legally binding policy measures to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025 and to reduce consumption levels.

3

A national Citizen’s Assembly to oversee the changes, as part of creating a democracy fit for purpose.

WHO WE ARE

We are you! You are welcome to join us and participate, you don’t need our permission, as long as you agree to follow the core principles and values of Extinction Rebellion.

PRINCIPLES AND VALUES

1

WE HAVE A SHARED VISION OF CHANGE

Creating a world that is fit for generation to come.

2

WE SET OUR MISSION ON WHAT IS NECESSARY

Mobilising 3.5% of the population to achieve system change – using ideas such as momentum-driven organising to achieve this.

3

WE NEED A REGENERATIVE CULTURE

Creating a culture which is healthy, resilient and adaptable.

4

WE OPENLY CHALLENGE OURSELVES AND THIS TOXIC SYSTEM

Leaving our comfort zones to act for change.

5

WE VALUE REFLECTING AND LEARNING

Following a cycle of action, reflection, learning, and planning for more action. Learning from other movements and contacts as well as our own experiences.

6

WE WELCOME EVERYONE AND EVERY PART OF EVERYONE

Working actively to create safer and more accessible space.

7

WE ACTIVELY MITIGATE FOR POWER

Breaking down hierarchies of power for more equitable participation.

8

WE AVOID BLAMING AND SHAMING

We live in a toxic system, but no one individual is to blame.

9

WE ARE A NON-VIOLENT NETWORK

Using non-violent strategy and tactics as the most effective way to bring about change.

10

WE ARE BASED ON AUTONOMY AND DECENTRALISATION

We collectively create the structures we need to challenge power. Anyone who follows these core principles and values can take action in the name of Extinction Rebellion!