On Monday, 7th October, Extinction Rebellion began their ‘International Rebellion’, a global protest in more than 60 cities. The protest which is set to run for two weeks is the latest in a long line of climate action demonstrations. This protest follows the Climate Strike that took place in September.
For Ireland, the Extinction Rebellion protest began outside the Dail where a mock funeral for Earth took place. The protesters chanted, “Our future, our lives, our right to survive.” Afterwards, protesters moved to Connolly Station and the Financial District.
The following day, Minster for Finance Paschal Donohoe delivered his 2020 Budget which focused on Brexit and Climate Action. Read our round up here.
On Wednesday, protesters took to the catwalk as XRI targeted Fast Fashion. Entering Penneys on O’Connell street protesters presented fast fashion facts using handmade textiles and and upcycled fashion magazines. Additionally, they left fast fashion facts in the pockets of new clothing. After that, they moved to Brown Thomas on Grafton Street where they repeated their message.
Fast fashion has seen rapid growth in recent years. As a result it produces 1.2 billion tons of carbon emissions annually. According to the Ellen McArthur Foundation, this is more than all international flights and maritime shipping trips combined.
Orgainsers have stated this is a non-violent protest and while there have been no reports of violence there have been numerous arrests. ‘Surprise’ demonstrations are set to continue over the next few days.
Who are Extinction Rebellion and What Exactly do they Want?
According to their website, ‘Extinction Rebellion is an international apolitical network using non-violent direct action to persuade governments to act justly on the Climate and Ecological Emergency’.
They have three main demands:
The Truth: Government must tell the truth by declaring a climate and ecological emergency, working with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change.
Act Now: Government must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.
Beyond Politics: Government must create and be led by the decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice.
The refer to the above demands as the Three Demands Bill. Full details of the bill are available here.
Have Your Say
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