of York Green Party were among the hundreds of people who gathered in
Manchester for Extinction Rebellion’s Northern Rebellion from Friday 30th
August to Monday 2nd September. The weekend of talks, workshops and
entertainment aimed to disrupt business as usual in Manchester city centre, as
well as raising awareness of climate crisis and the activities of Extinction
Rebellion is an international movement that uses non-violent direct action to
pressure those in power to act now on the climate and ecological emergency. It
has three demands for the UK government: tell the truth about climate crisis,
act to reduce emissions to net zero by 2025, and establish a citizens’ assembly
to guide the transition to a zero-carbon society.
Northern Rebellion shut down and occupied a section of Deansgate – a busy
city-centre road – for three days. The event included music, training
workshops, people’s assemblies, and talks from people including Extinction
Rebellion co-founder Ian Bray and scientist Julia Steinberger, one of the lead
authors of the forthcoming IPCC report.
of Extinction Rebellion also took part in peaceful direct action in Manchester,
including a die-in at the Arndale shopping centre and a protest blocking the
entrance of the regional head office of Barclays, which invests heavily in the
fossil fuel industry.