A global hunger strike is taking place by some Extinction Rebellion members – it began on 18 November and involved 526 people in 28 countries, 263 of whom were in the UK. The activists have vowed not to eat until party leaders support their climate emergency bill – a “three demands bill” has been drafted; it would require the future prime minister to declare a climate emergency, commit to net zero emissions by 2025 and establish a citizens’ assembly.
The UK group of Extinction Rebellion has three core demands:
1) Tell the truth
The government must tell the truth about the scale of the ecological crisis by declaring a climate emergency, “working with other groups and institutions to communicate the urgent need for change”.
2) Net zero emissions by 2025
The UK must drastically cut its greenhouse gas emissions, hitting net zero by 2025.
3) Citizens’ assembly
The government must create a citizens’ assembly to hear evidence and devise policy to tackle the climate crisis. Citizens’ assemblies bring together ordinary people to investigate, discuss and make recommendations on how to respond, in this case, to the ecological emergency.
In the US activists have added a further demand: “A just transition that prioritises the most vulnerable and indigenous sovereignty [and] establishes reparations and remediation led by and for black people, indigenous people, people of colour and poor communities for years of environmental injustice.”
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