On July 23, 2019, Extinction Rebellion Toronto continued our weekly traffic blockades where rebels formed a human chain and obstructed east and west-bound traffic at the intersection of Bloor and St. George Streets in 5-minute intervals.
We held signs asking the urgent questions that our leadership in the political, corporate, and media spheres have been unable to address such as How many species must die before you act? How will my children survive? Who does the government serve?
While some drivers were upset by the disruption, we received a great deal of support from motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians during the action.
Around 6:20pm, a motorist drove through the blockade and struck three rebels who sustained minor injuries. Police responded immediately, and the driver was arrested. We’d like to thank the Toronto police officers on the scene for ensuring everyone’s safety and supporting our right to protest.
Thanks to all the rebels present for sticking steadfast to our principles and remaining peaceful and calm. We have come out of this stronger and more determined than ever to fight for action on the climate crisis.
During our debrief, one of our rebels asked us to remember this: Sometimes, when we are headed in one direction and an obstacle arises, we are so focused on where we are going that we don’t realize how simple it is to turn around and go in another direction. This is what happened today to the driver who drove through our line, but it is also what is happening to our society as a whole. It’s time for all of us to realize we can simply turn around and go in another direction for the climate.
While it’s unfortunate that this incident occurred, Extinction Rebellion Toronto remains committed to nonviolent direct action to demand the government act right now to address the climate emergency.
Please join Extinction Rebellion next Tuesday July 30, 2019 at 5:45pm at Bay and King as we continue to ask the urgent questions that our leaders are ignoring.
In Love and Rage,
Extinction Rebellion Toronto
About Extinction Rebellion:
Time is running out. The ecological crisis is upon us, and we have now entered the 6th mass species extinction as a result of unabated global pollution, and extreme, compounding global heating. Societal collapse and mass death are seen as inevitable by our world’s leading scientists, who have warned us that human extinction is also a possibility if rapid corrective action is not taken.
Extinction Rebellion exists to ensure that action IS taken. We are dedicated, non-violent, and compassionate defenders of our future generations’ right to a viable existence. We believe it is a citizen’s duty to rebel, using peaceful civil disobedience, when faced with criminal environmental negligence by our government.
Extinction Rebellion’s Three Demands:
- Government must tell the truth by declaring a binding climate and ecological emergency, and by working with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change.
- Government must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.
- Government must create and be led by the decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice. More info here.