Extinction Rebellion Launches Financial Disobedience Campaign | Environment

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Extinction Rebellion is launching a campaign of financial civil disobedience aimed at denouncing the “complicity of political economy” in the ongoing ecological crisis.The group – which has staged some of the biggest civil disobedience protests in the UK in the past two years – is focusing on what it says is a sustained campaign of debt and tax strikes. He also calls on people to “redirect” loans from banks that fund fossil fuel projects to frontline organizations fighting for climate justice.

Gail Bradbrook, co-founder of XR, founded two years ago, said: “It’s time to tell the politicians who support this way of life: no more. We want an economy that promotes health and well-being, not debt and carbon emissions. An economy that prepares us and protects us from the shocks to come, rather than making them worse. An economy that shares resources to meet all of our needs, whatever our journey. An economy that allows us to live. ”

Organizers hope that in the coming months the “money rebellion” will involve thousands of people in the “redistribution of debt” program and debt strikes.

XR says it also has a growing number of small businesses planning to divert some of their taxes to help fund investments in green and sustainable business models and initiatives rather than paying them to the government.

Bradbrook said, “We need a grown-up conversation about why our political economy is killing life on Earth.”

XR says the Money Rebellion is the latest step in its campaign centered around three demands – that the UK government tell the truth about the scale of the climate and ecological emergency, only if it commits to zero carbon emissions by 2025 and accept a binding citizen assembly obligation to design policies to deal with the crisis.

The group has organized three major events since its inception, bringing car traffic to a halt in parts of central London. Organizers say that despite its success in raising awareness of the escalating climate crisis, the government has failed to respond appropriately.

Stephan Harrison, professor of climate and environmental change at the University of Exeter, supports the campaign.

“We have all the resources to deal with this. There is nothing magical about reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. We just don’t have the political or economic will to do it, ”he said.

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