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The science behind the IPCC predictions and how a mass public movement can  save humanity

Extinction Rebellion is an initiative of the Rising Up! network, which promotes a fundamental change of our political and economic system to one which maximises well-being and minimises harm. Change needs to be nurtured in a culture of reverence, gratitude and inclusion while the tools of civil disobedience and direct action are used to express our collective power.

Extinction Rebellion (XR) started in response to the continuing failure of governments around the world tackle the Climate and Ecological Crises.

XR was launched in the UK on October 2018 shortly after the IPCC 5th assessment report that we only have 12 years to rapidly and radically reduce our carbon emissions. Some scientists believe we have even less time than that…

In fact reaching net zero global carbon emissions by 2030 only gives us a 50:50 chance of staying below 1.5 degrees – so this is not a point of safety – more accurately it will reduce some of the catastrophic damage caused by the heating planet.

 

This talk will outline the science behind the IPCC predictions and state the very severe risk that humanity now faces.

It will describe the life threatening consequences for people in the UK of not meeting the global emissions targets.

In its first year XR has grown exponentially and is now active in around 60 countries.
XR promotes mass non-violent civil disobedience standing on the shoulders of many civil rights activists in the past.

For XR this involves economic disruption to shake the current political system and civil disruption to raise awareness.

To counter the scary facts there is hope in the talk as well. A cooperative and just society based on renewable energy and a fair distribution of resources is within our grasp.

What is needed is for a mass awakening to the issues and a huge engagement in the movement to force our governments to take radical action to protect the human race.

 

Each session starts at 19.30 and finishes at 21.00 – though discussion can continue in the café.