Concerned global citizens are rising up everywhere to create a better world for everyone
The Extinction Rebellion climate protest group has expanded to 35 countries and is building towards a week of international civil disobedience in April, according to organisers, who are using UN climate talks in Poland to widen its network.
The rapid spread of the movement, which consisted of 10 people in the UK six months ago, comes amid rising frustration with policymakers who are failing to slow perilous levels of global warming and biodiversity loss. Extinction Rebellion Demonstration, London, 2018
**100 academics, authors, politicians and campaigners from across the world call for action to address climate change - **
In our complex, interdependent global ecosystem, life is dying, with species extinction accelerating. The climate crisis is worsening much faster than previously predicted. Every single day 200 species are becoming extinct. This desperate situation can’t continue.
Political leaders worldwide are failing to address the environmental crisis. If global corporate capitalism continues to drive the international economy, global catastrophe is inevitable.
Complacency and inaction in Britain, the US, Australia, Brazil, across Africa and Asia – all illustrate diverse manifestations of political paralysis, abdicating humankind’s grave responsibility for planetary stewardship.
International political organisations and national governments must foreground the climate-emergency issue immediately, urgently drawing up comprehensive policies to address it. Conventionally privileged nations must voluntarily fund comprehensive environment-protection policies in impoverished nations, to compensate the latter for foregoing unsustainable economic growth, and paying recompense for the planet-plundering imperialism of materially privileged nations.
With extreme weather already hitting food production, we demand that governments act now to avoid any risk of hunger, with emergency investment in agro-ecological extreme-weather-resistant food production. We also call for an urgent summit on saving the Arctic icecap, to slow weather disruption of our harvests.
We further call on concerned global citizens to rise up and organise against current complacency in their particular contexts, including indigenous people’s rights advocacy, decolonisation and reparatory justice – so joining the global movement that’s now rebelling against extinction (eg Extinction Rebellion in the UK).
We must collectively do whatever’s necessary non-violently, to persuade politicians and business leaders to relinquish their complacency and denial. Their “business as usual” is no longer an option. Global citizens will no longer put up with this failure of our planetary duty.
Every one of us, especially in the materially privileged world, must commit to accepting the need to live more lightly, consume far less, and to not only uphold human rights but also our stewardship responsibilities to the planet.
Dr Vandana Shiva Delhi, India Naomi Klein Author Noam Chomsky Laureate professor, University of Arizona, Institute professor (emeritus) MIT, USA Prof AC Grayling Master of the New College of the Humanities, London, UKPhilip Pullman UK Dr Rowan Williams UKBill McKibben Founder, 350.org, Brooklyn, New York, USTiokasin Ghosthorse (Lakota Nation), New York, NY, US Esther Stanford-Xosei Convenor-General, Stop the Maangamizi: We Charge Genocide/Ecocide Campaign (SMWeCGEC), London, UKSir Jonathon Porritt Signing in a personal capacity, UK Dr Alison Green Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Arden University, National Director (UK) http://www.scientistswarning.org/ UK Lily Cole Model, entrepreneur and patron for the Environmental justice foundationChris Packham English naturalist and TV presenter, UKDr Susie Orbach Consultant psychoanalyst, The Balint Consultancy, UKProf Joy Carter CBE Vice Chancellor, University of Winchester, UK **Prof Jayati Ghosh Jawaharlal ** Nehru University, New Delhi, India
Ms Da Abla Co-deputy general secretary, All-Afrikan Networking Community Link for International Development (AANCLID), London, UKMs Demoui Akouba Doue Joint general secretary, All-Afrikan Students Union Link in Europe (AASULE), Plymouth, UKJem Bendell Professor of sustainability leadership, University of Cumbria, UKDr Adotey Bing-Pappoe Joint convenor, African Cooperative Forum (ACF), London, UKLiz Bondi Professor of social geography, University of Edinburgh, UKDr Simon Boxley Centre for Climate Change Education & Communication, University of Winchester. UKDr Onel Brooks Senior lecturer in psychotherapy, counselling and counselling psychology, UKDr Philip Byrne chartered clinical psychologist, Cheshire, UKProfessor Molly Scott Cato MEP UKPaul Chatterton Professor of urban futures, University of Leeds, UKKooj Chuhan Director, Virtual Migrants, Manchester, UKDanny Dorling Halford Mackinder professor of geography, University of Oxford, UKDr David Drew MP (Labour) Shadow Minister for Rural Affairs, UKJonathan Gosling Emeritus professor of leadership studies, University of Exeter, UKMs Athea Gordon-Davidson Co-chair, Brixtonics@Brixton, London, UKDavid Graeber Professor of anthropology, London School of Economics, UKFe Haslam Secretariat facilitator, CAFA Archival Resources Action Team (CARAT), London, UKRichard House Ph.D. (Env.Sci.), Chartered psychologist, Stroud, UKDavid Humphreys Professor of environmental policy, Open University, UKProfessor Gus John Partner, All Africa Advisors LLP & Coventry University, Coventry, UKBoucka Koffi Co-deputy coordinator, Global Justice Forum (GJF), Sheffield, UKKarin Lesnik-Oberstein Professor of critical theory, University of Reading, UK Del Loewenthal Emeritus professor in psychotherapy, University of Roehampton, UKCaroline Lucas MP (Green), UK Kofi Mawuli Klu Co-vice-chair, Pan-Afrikan Reparations Coalition in Europe (PARCOE), London,UKTony McSherry Ph.D. (Psychology), Psychotherapist, UKSimon Murray Poet and graphic artist, Leeds, UKProfessor Dany Nobus Brunel University, London, UKMichel Odent MD Primal Health Research Centre, London, UKJenny Pickerill Professor of environmental geography, University of Sheffield, UKDr Gillian Proctor CPsychol., Programme leader, MA in counselling and psychotherapy, University of Leeds, UKKate Raworth author of Doughnut Economics; Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University, UKDr Rupert Read Reader in philosophy, University of East Anglia, UKProfessor Paul Routledge Leadership chair in Contentious Politics and Social Change, University of Leeds, UKKwame Adofo Sampong Principal organising secretary, Pan-Afrikan Fora Internationalist Support Coordinating Council (PAFISCC), London, UKProfessor Andrew Samuels University of Essex, Former Chair UK Council for Psychotherapy, UKDr Leon Sealey-Huggins Global Sustainable Development lecturer, University of Warwick, Coventry, UKMs Jendayi Serwah Co-chair, Afrikan Emancipation Day Reparations March Committee (AEDRMC), Bristol, UKHelen Spandler Professor of mental health, University of Central Lancashire, UKSimeon Stanford Co-founder and Leadership Facilitation Team member, Global Afrikan People’s Parliament (GAAP), London, UKDr Julia K. Steinberger Sustainability Research Institute, University of Leeds, UK
Professor Julian Agyeman Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, USA David Elkind Emeritus professor of psychology, Tufts University, USANik Heynen Professor of geography, University of Georgia at Athens, USAEric Holthaus journalist and fellow, University of Minnesota, USAMaureen O’Hara Ph.D. Professor of psychology, National University, USAGuy McPherson Professor emeritus of conservation biology, University of Arizona, USAProfessor Kris Manjapra Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, USAWilliam J. Ripple Distinguished professor of ecology, Oregon State University, USAKirk Schneider Saybrook University and the Existential-Humanistic Institute, USARabbi Arthur Waskow director, the Shalom Center, Philadelphia, USA
Steve Biddulph AM, psychologist and author, AustraliaProfessor Timothy Doyle University of Adelaide, Australia David Schlosberg Professor of environmental politics, University of Sydney, AustraliaJohn Seed founder, Rainforest Information Centre, St Lismore, NSW, Australia
Salim Dara Chief community / king of Djougou, Bénin Zeguen Moussa Toure President, Mouvement Social Panafricain pour le Development Integral (MSPDI), Cotonou, Bénin
Ms Aissata Diakhite Kaba Joint Principal Secretary, International Network of Scholars and Activists for Afrikan Reparations, Youth and Students Auxiliary Fellowship – RepAfrika (INOSAAR-RepAfrika), Paris, FranceEngin Isin Professor of International Politics, Queen Mary University of London & University of London Institute, Paris, France
Lennard Gillman Professor of biogeography, head of science, Auckland University of Technology, Aotearoa, New ZealandProfessor Keith Tudor Auckland University of Technology, Aotearoa New Zealand
Wedam Abassey Co-chair, Ghana Youth and Student Changemaking Alliance (GYASCA), Kumasi, GhanaDukomegatsitsi Kosi Agoko Honorary Presidium Convenor-General, ABLODEDUNOVISIHA Gbetowo Global Union for Pan-Afrikan Community Regeneration (ABLODEDUNOVISIHA-GGUPACOR), Tanyigbe, GhanaMs Adzo Agorkor Task Action Commission joint principal secretary, MIANONKU International Scientific Observatory on Development in Afrika (MIANONKU-ISODA), Tanyigbe, GhanaMawuse Yao Agorkor General secretary, VAZOBA Afrika and Friends Networking Open Forum, Accra, GhanaMs Dedo Azu General secretary, ADZEWAGBETO Pan-Afrikan Women’s Liberation Union (ADZEWAGBETO-PAWLU), Somanya, GhanaElorm Koku Dade Principal secretary, All-Afrikan Citizens Action for Sustainable Transport and Communications (AACASTAC), Accra, GhanaKafui Yao Dade Co-chair, Planet Repairs Youth Positive Action Campaign (PRYPAC), Accra, GhanaNyoefe Yawa Dake Co-president, NUTROZA Panafrecycle (Pan-Afrikan Recycling Cooperative Society for Environmental Justice), Accra, GhanaMs Xolanyo Yawa Gbafa Co-deputy general secretary, EDIKANFO Pan-Afrikan Youth and Student Internationalist Link (EDIKANFO-PAYSIL), Accra, GhanaNumo Akwaa Mensah III Ga Nae (Chief Priest of the Seas for the Indigenous Ga Community of Accra), honorary chair, Accra Community Regeneration for Sustainable Development Action Forum (ACORSDAF), Accra, GhanaNana Kobina Nketsia V Omanhen (paramount chief) of Essikado, Pan-Afrikan Chieftaincy Co-Director of Education for the Global Afrikan Family Reunion International Council (GAFRIC), Sekondi, GhanaProfessor Kwaku Senah Managing director, AFRICARIBE Centre, Accra, Ghana Togbe Adza Tekpor VII Osie (Paramount chief) of Avatime, Pan-Afrikan Chieftaincy Co-Director of Environmental Justice for the Global Afrikan Family Reunion International Council (GAFRIC), Vane-Avatime, Ghana
Paul Beckwith Part-time professor of climatology, University of Ottawa, CanadaDr Dina Glouberman Founder of Skyros Holidays, Skyros, GreeceDavid Lehrer Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, Kibbutz Ketura, IsraelDr Jim Salinger University of Tasmania; visiting professor, University of Florence, ItalyMussauwa Wandale Leader, People’s Land Organisation, Likoma, MalawiDr Barryl A. Biekman Co-Vice-Chair, Europewide NGO Consultative Council on Afrikan Reparations (ENGOCCAR), Amsterdam, The NetherlandsDr Sunita Narain Director General, Centre for Science and Environment, Delhi, IndiaNeeshad Shafi Executive director of Arab Youth Climate Movement (AYCM), QatarConley Shivambo Rose General Secretary, United Front for Progress (UFP),Kingstown, St Vincent and the GrenadinesGiorgos Kallis ICREA professor, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain