Why the Global Resilience is needed

So far, in the more than one year of existence, Extinction Rebellion, as an international movement that is primarily modeled around its beginnings in the UK, has mainly been a climate direct action movement that aims to engage in all activities necessary to prevent environmental and social breakdown. Over the last year, it has spread to over 70 countries in various forms, and has engaged in 2 ‘International Rebellions’ with participation from New Zealand to India to Gambia to Colombia. As the group has grown beyond the global North-Western context, and as we have borne witness to the last year of continued inaction on the climate and ecological crisis, one thing that has become clear is:

We are no longer acting simply to ‘prevent’ Extinction, for that is an opportunity long-gone. Indeed, ours is a project that seeks to limit the damage being done by homo-sapiens upon all life on this planet – that is, mitigate the effects of the crisis.

While a major portion of Extinction Rebellion international’s resources remain committed to challenging national governments around the world and getting our demands agreed to, it is also becoming increasingly clear that to truly carry out our duties as planet-loving crusties, we need to acknowledge that systemic change facilitated through politics by itself isn’t enough. In line with our demands, we too must act now, and directly mitigate and adapt for the crises.

The rationale then, for an XR International Team titled Global Resilience, is to deliberately work towards coming up with and executing international projects that directly partake in activities that make our flora, fauna and vulnerable human communities more resilient to the impending crisis (mitigate) and empower affected frontline populations to tackle the drastic changes in their habitats (adapt)

 

This team acknowledges the immediate need for support to these communities and the ecosystems that they protect and nurture. We can not afford to wait until the governments of the world start acting – we need to work towards strengthening the global community working together and ensuring direct support on the ground.

In our endeavour to carry out these activities, we have identified indigenous populations and other frontline communities around the world as the broad demographic of humans that we want to engage with. Indigenous communities have been the natural stakeholders of this planet and its numerous complex ecosystems from the beginning of our species. Even today, it is a fact that indigenous people, a tiny percentage of humanity – roughly 5%, are responsible for the safe stewardship and management of more than 80% of the planet’s remaining biodiversity. Thus, it is imperative that XR works directly with them to mitigate the crisis. 


Indigenous people, along with other vulnerable communities around the world, are already on the frontlines of the crises, and are becoming the first communities to literally go extinct. In order to realize our goal of adaptation, we also assert that it is crucial to directly work with these groups and empower them to adapt, and not go extinct.