We all have our own opinion on the self-proclaimed rebellions that have taken to the streets to peacefully protest. It seems that there are several objectives of the group. One is to cause disruption at a financial cost to provoke mass political change. Another is to show their commitment by sacrificing their own liberty for the cause, is some cases leading to prosecution. But can we really have genuine disdain towards people that are trying to inflict positive societal and environmental change?!
Our answer is, no!
Scientists have warned world leaders about the climate and ecological crisis for decades, yet action hasn’t been taken to effectively reduce global emissions. If we continue with business as usual, we will continue to lose much of our natural world. People living in the Global South are already living with the consequence of climate change. Droughts alone have affected more than 1 billion over the last decade.
Martin Luther King, Jr once said “Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crises and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue. It seeks so to dramatise the issue it can no longer be ignored”
We have taken the Principals and Values extracted from the rebels website – make up your own mind:
A shared vision of change
Creating a world that is fit for generations to come.
A mission on what is necessary
Mobilising 3.5% of the population to achieve system change – using ideas such as “Momentum-driven organising” to achieve this.
Creating a culture which is healthy, resilient and adaptable.
Challenge ourselves and our toxic system
Leaving our comfort zones to take action for change.
Value reflecting and learning
Following a cycle of action, reflection, learning, and planning for more action. Learning from other movements and contexts as well as our own experiences.
Avoid blaming and shaming
We live in a toxic system, but no one individual is to blame.
A non-violent network
Using non-violent strategy and tactics as the most effective way to bring about change.
Be the change!
Sam & Tom