‘Disco disruption’ this Friday Dec 6th starting at the Mall at 4.30pm, all welcome! We welcome climate activists and concerned citizens from all around the Geelong region. The aim is to draw attention to the climate and ecological emergency.

DISCObedience was started by extinction rebellion in Melbourne, said organizer, Erica Hunt who is a member of the Geelong-based rebels, Extinction Rebellion. “Since then it has spawned high-impact civil disobedience actions in Britain and other cities around the world, and now it’s coming to Geelong.”

“We are morally obliged to disrupt in non-violent ways, to draw attention to the criminal neglect of our governments, whose continuing inaction is threatening the lives and well-being of everyone on the planet. We are part of a world-wide movement demanding urgent action to avoid climate breakdown and mass species extinction.

“Extinction Rebellion is inclusive and broad. It’s a grass-roots community-based movement for change, and so the idea is to make the event engaging and fun, even though the message itself is deadly serious.

“The more entertaining it is, the more people will want to get involved. The disco theme tends to attract a lot of participants, so who knows what will happen on the day or how many will turn up, we’re hoping for hundreds.”

https://www.facebook.com/events/674869919681975/ will include a livestream of the disco on Friday.

You can get in touch at https://www.facebook.com/ExtinctionRebellionGeelong/

What emergency? Extinction Rebellion gave us the following links.

World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice: https://academic.oup.com/bioscience/article/67/12/1026/4605229/

 NASA Climate Evidence: https://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/

 Don’t mention the emergency by Jane Morton: https://climateemergencydeclaration.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/DontMentionTheEmergency2018.pdf

 Disaster Alley: by Ian Dunlop and David Spratt http://www.climatecodered.org/p/disaster-alley.html

Sixth Mass Extinction:https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jul/10/earths-sixth-mass-extinction-event-already-underway-scientists-warn


Extinction Rebellion (XR) is a global, non-violent, mass civil disobedience movement. We are urging governments, all over the world, to take the required action on the climate and ecological emergency. We use non-violent direct action to disrupt business as usual.

We are in an ecological emergency and the climate crisis is here. In Australia, we are experiencing the first taste of the massive disasters to come; record-smashing droughts, killer heatwaves, and deadly blazes. Severe weather events are increasing and ‘once in 100 year’ floods are already the new normal.

Australia needs leadership to face the worst crisis in history. The time to act is now.

Our Three Demands:

#TellTheTruth: Governments, media and corporations must tell the truth about the climate and ecological emergency. People need to know how serious this is.

#ActNow: The governments must change laws to protect biodiversity and reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025. Emissions must start going down rapidly.

#CitizensAssemblies: We demand citizens’ assemblies at all levels of government, to oversee a just transition to a zero carbon world and start repairing the damage we have done to the biosphere. Governments have proven they are unable or unwilling to make the necessary changes at the required speed.

Our Principles and Values 

We are non-violent.

We are inclusive – we welcome everyone and every part of everyone.

We are Australians from all walks of life united by a shared vision.

We organise in small groups, connected in a complex web that is evolving as we grow and learn.

We are building a movement that is participatory, decentralised, and inclusive.

Anyone who follows these core principles can take action in the name of Extinction Rebellion.

Further reading 

XR Australia website: https://ausrebellion.earth/

Citizens Assembly explainer: https://rebellion.earth/act-now/resources/citizens-assembly/

The Age article August 25: https://bit.ly/2HxiowS

The Guardian article August 11: https://bit.ly/2YD1XcV

Video of the Melbourne event supplied.