Extinction Rebellion is an international grassroots movement of concerned citizens engaging in nonviolent civil disobedience to hold governments accountable for criminal inaction on the ecological crisis, and to create the conditions for a new form of citizen-led stewardship to emerge.
We are thrilled that the Extinction Rebellion has joined hands with 7 Days of Rest and Reflection to co-create a global New Year, Protect and Honour Life Campaign.
George Monbiot's Speech at Parliament Square on October 31st, 2018, the Day of the Declaration of Rebellion.
Extinction Rebellion is committed to creating a Regenerative Culture - this means cultivating a culture of care and cooperation, with each other and with all Life.
JANUARY 1-7, 2019 – REBEL FOR LIFE – NEW YEAR CAMPAIGN:
PROTECT AND HONOUR LIFE
SEEDING THE NEW YEAR WITH A COLLECTIVE COMMITMENT
TO PROTECT AND HONOUR THE FOUNDATIONS OF LIFE
The power of mass intention may ultimately be the force that shifts the tide toward repair and renewal of the planet.
~ Lynne McTaggart
The Protect and Honour Life Campaign invites the global XR movement to organize events demonstrating our personal and collective commitment to protect and honour the Foundations of Life: Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Biodiversity, Climate and the Web of Life.
Each day will be dedicated to one of the foundations. For each foundation, individuals and groups are invited to offer local and/or online events – meditations, ceremonies, art, sacred activism, webinars, solutions and more.
The Protect and Honour Life Campaign offers a life-affirming and regenerative complement to the current focus of nonviolent action that highlights the failure of our political and economic systems and our ecocidal trajectory.
The Protect and Honour Campaign aligns with and builds on a worldwide event called 7 Days of Rest and Reflection – the 2nd annual co-creative event dedicated to the healing of the planet and all its inhabitants. This global event is already supported by many international partners from diverse sectors.
It is suggested that individuals, groups and events sign up through the 7 Days of Rest website in order to help the global community to unify, and for relevant communications about the global evolution of the event to reach all participants – however this is not essential. The primary goal is for us to unite and self-organize in reflection, intention and action for the protection and healing of the planet and all its inhabitants.
IDEAS FOR PRACTICAL ACTIONS
Open suggestions for daily events:
Opening declaration (example): We are gathered here together to declare our commitment to honour and protect (this element).
5 minutes about the essential role of this element and its unique place in the interconnected whole.
5 minutes about humanity’s disconnection from and abuse of this element.
5 minutes on existing solutions and the need for immediate widespread education about this element throughout the education system and mainstream media.
The voice of Children, Elders and Indigenous about these elements.
A demand for governments to ensure that these elements are protected and honoured by law without compromise.
5 minutes of guided meditation inviting people to commune with the element in their imagination (including inviting people to sense into the element within them – in nature – recognizing the part it plays in our everyday life, the impact on us – our impact on them – and what the element reveals as we pay attention to it.) The guided meditation encourages a more personal connection with each element.
An invitation to reflect on: What does the element need from humanity in order to function optimally in the planetary ecosystem?
Music dedicated to this element.
A silent meditation/prayer space for each individual to honour this element in their unique way.
Together silently envisioning a world where this element is honoured by all – inviting it in – what would it look like? How would it feel?
A personal, collective vocal commitment: eg. “I, (my name) pledge to protect and honour water and to do what I can to ensure that we uncompromisingly restore water to nature’s perfect form.”