10 Guiding Principles
Join The RebellionLocal Co-ordinator GuideRising up principles and values
WE HAVE A SHARED VISION OF CHANGE: Creating a world that is fit for the next 7 generations to live in.
WE SET OUR MISSION ON WHAT IS NECESSARY: Mobilising 3.5% of the population to achieve system change – such as “Momentum-driven organising” to achieve this.
WE NEED A REGENERATIVE CULTURE: Creating a culture which is healthy, resilient and adaptable.
WE OPENLY CHALLENGE OURSELVES AND THIS TOXIC SYSTEM: Leaving our comfort zones to take action for change.
WE 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.
WE WELCOME EVERYONE AND EVERY PART OF EVERYONE : Working actively to create safer and more accessible spaces.
WE ACTIVELY MITIGATE FOR POWER: Breaking down hierarchies of power for more equitable participation
WE AVOID BLAMING AND SHAMING: We live in a toxic system, but no one individual is to blame.
WE ARE A NON-VIOLENT NETWORK: Using nonviolent strategy and tactics as the most effective way to help individuals, communities, corporates and institutions bring about change.
WE ARE BASED ON AUTONOMY AND DECENTRALISATION: We collectively create the structures we need to challenge power. Anyone who follows these core principles and values can take action in the name of RisingUp!
Why we’re sending this warning and what we’re facing on our planet.
The past few months have seen an exponentially increasing number of warnings issued by the
world’s leading scientists working to understand our climate. The most important findings include
the huge danger of ‘tipping cascades’ which will irreversibly (at least for many millennia) and very
rapidly catapult the surface temperature of our planet to levels which will be inhospitable to most
forms of life; the discovery that ocean warming has more or less reaches saturation point, meaning
that the air will warm more quickly in future; and the alarmingly rapid increase in the rate of
extinction of species across the board. The single most important implication of the changes in the
biosphere and the climate that are catalogued in these warnings is this: Humankind has to unite
together to do everything in our power to keep the total rise of the Earth’s surface temperature
since the pre-industrial epoch to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius.
At present, the earth’s surface temperature is already more than 1 degree Celsius above pre-
industrial levels. Various studies performed over the past few months came to the conclusion that
the only way to avoid breaching the climate breakdown threshold is by totally eliminating the
combustion of fossil fuels by 2030 – 2040. Many experts calculate that even this target is too
dangerous and that 2025 is really the more prudent target date for the complete cessation of the use
of fossil fuels. Standard political processes will not achieve the elimination of fossil fuels by 2025.
On 31 October 2018, the Extinction Rebellion movement was launched in London. It has since spread
to many dozens of countries across the globe, including South Africa. The roll-out of the mobilisation
may essentially be summarised as a 3-stage process: Move governments across the world to clearly
communicate the extent of the climate crisis, in coordination with mass media organisations; Move
governments to enact legally binding measures to totally eliminate fossil fuel combustion by 2025;
Create national ‘citizen’s assemblies’ to oversee these changes – with a view to entrenching public
oversight over governments globally, as a permanent feature of a future human society.
Faced with imminent extinction, we do not have the luxury of procrastinating on the necessary
actions that need to be taken now. We really need you to stand with us in this battle for the survival
of human society in a functional form (if not the very survival of our species). Your particular skills
will be of exceptional value in conquering the terrifying obstacles we face. The battle for our survival
can be won, but it has to start now. Please respond to this appeal by stating your commitment to
joining this vital struggle.
In human solidarity
Extinction Rebellion South Africa