UK based org Extinction Rebellion takes the government by the jugular declaring its most recent strategy: a Money Rebellion.
A form of civil disobedience whereby adherents comply with a debt and tax strike—redirecting the tax money to fund sustainable and green business models and initiatives. Over the past two years the organization has been behind the UK’s largest civil disobedience protests, however the XR recognizes that the government hasn’t yet responded appropriately to the climate crisis. Their latest act of financial disobedience is aimed at exposing the “political economy’s complicity” in the unfolding crisis.
“It’s time to tell the politicians who prop up this way of living: no more. We want an economy that grows health and wellbeing, not debt and carbon emissions. An economy that prepares and protects us from shocks to come, rather than making them worse. An economy that shares resources to meet all our needs, regardless of background. An economy that lets us live.”—Gail Bradbrook, a co-founder of XR
The organisers hope that their latest campaign “Money Rebellion” will include thousands of people and small businesses in their redistribution scheme and strikes.
“We need a grownup conversation about why our political economy is killing life on Earth.”—Bradbrook
The Money Rebellion is another attempt for the UK government to react to XR’s demands:
- The UK government tells the truth about the scale of the climate and ecological emergency
- The UK government commits to zero carbon emissions by 2025
- The UK government agrees to a binding citizens’ assembly to devise policies to address the crisis.