EXTINCTION REBELLION DEMANDS
- Tell the truth: Government must tell the truth by declaring a climate and ecological emergency, working with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change.
- Act Now: Government must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.
- Beyond Politics: Government must create and be led by the decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice.
URBAN GREEN PLAN
XR Kensington & Chelsea are working on a ten point plan to build a 21st century Urban Green Borough that puts equality and justice at the centre of its mission.
Please see below a visualisation of this plan (currently nine points):
CLIMATE & SOCIAL JUSTICE
We demand a transition that prioritises the most vulnerable people and the sovereignty of ex-colonial and commonwealth member states; establishes reparation and remediation led by and for indigenous peoples, people of colour and poor communities (in the UK and throughout the world) that have been affected by the UK's unjust imperialist ventures for years of environmental injustice; establishes legal rights for ecosystems to thrive and regenerate in perpetuity, and repairs the effects of ongoing ecocide to prevent extinction of human and all species, in order to maintain a livable, just planet for all.
In June the team got together and brainstormed the most important social and environmental issues they felt the borough were facing.
Below is the thoughts:
Not enough safe / good public housing
Lack of affordable housing
Domestic violence - lack of support to victims including shelters and legal support
Focus on size of impact vs costs
Legal aid budget needs reinstatement
Luxury development instead of social housing
Media representation of important issues
Lacking of funding for youth centre
Groups of residents with vested interests opposed to change
Future of work
Public transport is not functional and expensive
Apathy from government
Food packaging in supermarkets
Cutting down of trees
Too much food waste
No cycle paths
Urban planning locally
Air quality (especially around Westway)
5g - including chopping down trees?
Environment choices in supermarkets
Not enough renewables
Where does our recycling go?
Patterns of tech use e.g. cars vs public transport / bikes / walking
Lack of serious co-ordinated policy to address the climate emergency
Not enough trees / green