Extinction Rebellion activists met at City Hall demanding that the City Council passed a resolution declaring a climate emergency in NYC. A climate emergency declaration is a vital first step toward confronting the hard truth of the climate crisis and speeding up New York City’s transition to an equitable, renewable economy. We can’t solve the problem if we don’t call it like it is: a life or death emergency of unprecedented proportions.
The rally took place outside at 12:00 pm and then at 1:00 pm, City Council will be holding a hearing on the resolution.
On June 22nd, 300 XR activists took the fight to The New York Times - asking them to take the lead and cover the Climate Emergency the way they covered WW II. Activists demanded a radical ramp-up of the NYT’s climate reporting with daily climate headlines and the use language appropriate to the emergency. In the course of the action, activists dropped two banners, one at the NYT headquarter and staged a die in. The NYP arrested 70 non-violent activists sitting in the street.
On Saturday June, 15th, members of the Fort Greene community in Brooklyn came out to voice their opposition to a "redesign" plan for the park. The plan calls for the destruction of 58 trees in order to make way for a concrete plaza. "Speak for the Trees!" involved some fancy tree climbing for a banner drop!
At 9 am on Friday Extinction Rebellion Activists entered the lobby of the New York Times to hand out flyers to employees . Extinction Rebellion demands from the New York Times that they start treating the Climate Crisis as the serious emergency it clearly is. Extinction Rebellion’s position is that the existential crisis currently facing humanity warrants coverage on a par with that given to World War 2.
This morning, outside New York's City Hall, a group of several hundred protesters, representing XR-NYC, part of the global Extinction Rebellion movement -- which has now virtually taken over London, and has engaged in many other protests this week all around the world -- demanded that local government immediately declare a climate emergency. In the course of the action, two large banners were dropped and 62 people were arrested. In addition, mock citizen's assembly were held in which participants brainstormed their proposed solutions to the climate change issue and drew them in chalk upon the sidewalk outside City Hall Park.
In solidarity with New York City participants in the worldwide, historic International Youth Climate Strike to demand immediate action on climate change, the movement organization Extinction Rebellion (XR) joined with protesting youth by performing in an act of civil disobedience outside the American Museum of Natural History on Friday, March 15th. Sixteen people in all were arrested near the museum. Of those arrested, two were youth and 14 were members of XR.
In New York, the NYC chapter of Extinction Rebellion (XR) engaged in a series of escalating nonviolent direct actions at multiple locations in Midtown Manhattan. These public acts of civil disobedience were designed to disrupt business as usual and to focus attention on the immediate and existential threat posed by climate breakdown to all life on Earth, including organized human life. This peaceful, disruptive approach was pioneered by XR activists in London, where last fall Extinction Rebellion shut down five bridges over the River Thames.
In response to a nonexistent threat, President Trump in December initiated the longest government shutdown in the nation’s history. For the greatest actual existential threat humanity has ever faced – worldwide climate chaos – XR-NYC, on behalf of the people of New York City and the world, will engage this Saturday in NYC: Rebellion Day One, a symbolic, temporary shutdown of a significant local institution. In this way, XR-NYC intends to send a message to politicians on all levels: business as usual on the environment will not be tolerated.
Founded in the UK in late 2018, XR is an international movement that carries out nonviolent direct action (NVDA) and civil disobedience campaigns with a worldwide impact. In November, XR in London occupied the five main bridges over the River Thames for six hours, described as “one of the biggest acts of peaceful civil disobedience in the UK in decades.” Shortly afterward, Mayor Sadiq Kahn declared a climate emergency.
“Climate change is the biggest issue my generation will face, and actually we are already dealing with the effects of climate change right now!" said 13-year-old climate activist, Alexandria Villasenor. “I’ve been on school strike at the United Nations every Friday, because our world leaders aren’t doing enough to reduce fossil fuel emissions. Those leaders who deny climate change is real do so because they want to keep making a profit from fossil fuels! All over the world, youth climate strikes are growing and my generation will lead the revolution against greed and emissions. As Greta Thunberg says ‘Change is coming, whether you like it or not.’”