Global Climate Strike Week

EXTINCTION REBELLION TORONTO & ALLIES:

Toronto members of Extinction Rebellion, an international climate action group, are joining forces with other environmental groups in Toronto to offer a range of events during the Global Climate Strike Week this September 20-27.

Global Climate Strike Week was declared by Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist who recently completed a remarkable carbon-neutral odyssey across the Atlantic to bring an urgent message to North America. “Since our leaders are behaving like children,” says Thunberg, “we have to take the responsibility they should have taken long ago.” Her group, FridaysForFuture.org, is calling on students and workers alike to strike for the planet. 

Toronto members of Extinction Rebellion will be striking in solidarity with Fridays for Future on Sept 20 and Sept 27 and will be offering the following events in support of Global Strike Week:

  • Sept 20 – FRIDAYS FOR FUTURE – STRIKE AND TEACH IN (12:00pm, 7 Hart House Circle) Join Fridays For Future and solidarity groups for chants, songs, a mass teach-in and more to show our government that we are watching.
  • Sept 21 – HEAT DEATH IN KENSINGTON: PERFORMANCE AND DIE-IN (12:00pm, Alexandra Park) Extinction Rebellion Toronto invites the public to join us in our performance. Improv training will be provided.
  • Sept 22 – CLIMATE PICNIC (11:00am, Stanley Park): Extinction Rebellion Toronto hosts a potluck and text sharing picnic. Bring a text to share that speaks to what regenerates you.
  • Sept 24 – ROADBLOCK DANCE PARTY (5:30pm St. George and Bloor) It’s another Extinction Rebellion Toronto roadblock—but with a dance party theme.
  • Sept 25 – TALKING CIRCLE DEMOCRACY AND DISOBEDIENCE (6:00pm Location TBA check website for details) A talking circle helps communication, decision-making, visioning, and builds community. We will use this model to focus on how we can activate ourselves and our networks to take action on the climate crisis.
  • Sept 27 – GLOBAL STRIKE FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE (Sep 27, Meet at 11:00am Queen’s Park, March at 12:00pm) Toronto will see its biggest strike and march for climate justice. It is hosted by Fridays For Future Toronto, who invites adults to join youth strikers in solidarity, and is backed by the S27 Coalition, a diverse group of activists, union members and individuals.


“Our house is on fire — let’s act like it. We demand climate justice for everyone.”

Global Climate Strike

For more information about the Global Strike Week, please contact the media group.

Extinction Rebellion Toronto Previous Media Coverage:

Non Violent Civil Disobedience – Why Is This a Hard Concept for Canadians to Understand? Victoria Fenner Interview, Rabble.ca, September 5, 2019

Protesters gather outside Brazil Consulate in Toronto , CTVNews, August 23, 2019

Toronto activists stage mass die-in outside the CNE, BlogTO, August 20, 2019

Global protest group Extinction Rebellion is now shutting down traffic in Toronto, BlogTO, July 17, 2019

Le tele-journal Toronto, July 16, 2019, Radio-Canada, July 16, 2019 (Coverage begins at 0:40)

ABOUT EXTINCTION REBELLION

Extinction Rebellion is an international movement, founded in the UK in October 2018, that uses nonviolent civil disobedience in an attempt to halt mass extinction and minimize the risk of social

collapse. The Government has failed in its duty to protect its citizens by allowing the ongoing destruction of the biosphere, and now it is our duty to rebel. Extinction Rebellion is nonpartisan, decentralized, and nonviolent. 

The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has issued numerous reports, written and approved by hundreds of environmental scientists, stating that the world’s nations must reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% by 2030 or face extinction-level threats, including famine, water shortages, extreme weather, and social collapse.

Extinction Rebellion’s demands are:

1.     TELL THE TRUTH: Governments must declare a climate and ecological emergency, working with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change.

2.     ACT NOW: Governments must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2025.

3.     BEYOND POLITICS: Governments must create and be led by the decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate action and ecological justice.

Extinction Rebellion Action Consensus

Participants in XR Actions must abide by this action consensus: https://rebellion.earth/act-now/action-consensus

Resources

Time to Act Now with Roger Hallam, Extinction Rebellion, Video

Climate Change: 12 Years to Save the Planet? Make that 18 Months

The Emergency, Extinction Rebellion Earth

Connect with Extinction Rebellion: 

Extinction Rebellion Toronto Website: https://extinctionrebelliontoronto.org/

Extinction Rebellion Canada Website: https://extinctionrebellion.ca/

International Website  https://rebellion.earth