This is a segment of episode #176 of Last Born In The Wilderness “Rebel For Life: Rebellion In The Age Of Extinction & Climate Breakdown w/ Clare Farrell.” Listen to the full episode: http://bit.ly/LBWfarrell
In this segment of my discussion with Clare Farrell, spokesperson and founding member of Extinction Rebellion (XR), we how the recent high-profile acts of direct action and civil disobedience organized by XR in the United Kingdom this last year highlight the broadening awareness more and more people now have of the implications of global climate change and environmental disintegration into the near and distant future. This rebellion against extinction (of both human and non-human life) is a step toward publicly and politically addressing the likely near-term extinction of human life due to anthropogenic climate change and ecological collapse. In spite of this reality, XR means to generate action against, as well as directly confront, the political and economic forces of our global society head on, in spite of our dire prospects. Extinction Rebellion has hit a nerve in the UK and abroad, as can be seen in much of the media coverage XR has been getting, and the awareness and action XR has generated has created a means (one of many) for people to grieve and act meaningfully in light of the reality we are implicitly a part of — a reality that deeply informs the nature of XR’s origin, activism, principles, and demands.
Clare Farrell is a fashion designer and a founding member and spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion, a grassroots movement founded in the UK in 2018. The main mission of XR is to address the global ecological and climate crisis through nonviolent direct action and protest. While XR was founded in the UK, its impact and reach is global.
Learn more about Extinction Rebellion, as well as their principles and demands: https://rebellion.earth