Across the world, Extinction Rebellion activists are beginning the seventh day of the XR Global Hunger Strike, demanding meetings with their governments on the climate and ecological emergency. The strike aims to highlight the vulnerability of our food supplies and force governments to enact Extinction Rebellion’s three demands.
Extinction Rebellion UK has delivered letters to each political party, requesting a filmed meeting with party leaders to ask for their support for the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill, also known as the ‘#ThreeDemandsBill’.
Hunger strikers have been camping outside party HQs in Westminster since Monday, and have already achieved meetings with Green and Lib Dem leadership, with follow-up meetings in the works. Labour’s John McDonnell has agreed to a meeting, but no response has so far been received from either the Conservative or Brexit parties.
Rebel hunger strikers worldwide are employing this last resort tactic after more than three decades of petitions, protests and campaigns have failed to secure the urgently needed responses to mitigate ecological and climate breakdown. By denying themselves their basic needs, the hunger strikers hope that their bodies will sound the alarm.
The UK Hunger Strike marks the launch of the ‘#ElectionRebellion’, which will involve a series of disruptive actions in the run up to the General Election on 12th December.
The Election Rebellion will focus on our vulnerability to the Climate and Ecological Emergency. Along with water shortages, floods, wildfires, threats to security and strain on our emergency services, the climate crisis threatens the planet’s food supply with extreme weather from drought to ever more dangerous and destructive storms. No one is safe from this crisis. It is time to act.
Extinction Rebellion UK hunger strikers demand that all UK political parties and Parliamentary Candidates support Extinction Rebellion’s Bill and do all in their power to ensure it becomes law.
The Bill calls for the following:
01) Tell the truth: declare a Climate and Ecological Emergency and do all in the government’s power to communicate the urgency for change.
02) Act Now: reduce the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions to net zero and halt the extinction of species in the UK by 2025.
03) Beyond Party Politics: the government must be led to meet this deadline by the decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice.
Find more about the XR Global Hunger Strike HERE:
See the Three Demands Bill HERE:
Read a copy of the letter delivered to all UK party leaders HERE:
Find more about the practicalities of the XR Global Hunger Strike HERE: