Members of Extinction Rebellion will carry out a ‘die-in’ to highlight the climate and ecological crisis and its impact on humans. They will call on the universities to take a lead on communicating the crisis and to take actions commensurate with the scale and urgency of the crisis.
The universities branch of Extinction Rebellion North East will hold two ‘die-ins’ on the Newcastle campus and the Northumbria campus during Freshers' week to alert students and staff to the climate & ecological crisis.
A die-in is a peaceful, non-violent protest where participants lie on the ground as if dead: a solemn act that symbolises the kind of future we face without radical and urgent action on the climate crisis.
When and where?
Wednesday 25th September:
- 1:45-2:15pm: die in between the Students’ Union building and the Arches at Newcastle University
- 2:30-2:45pm: marching with banners to Northumbria University via pedestrianised areas
- 2:45-3:15pm: die in Northumbria University outside the Library and Students Union
Time has almost entirely run out to address the ecological crisis which is upon us, including mass species extinction, global pollution, and abrupt, runaway climate change. The effects on global human society, if the climate and ecological emergency is not addressed in time, may spiral out of control and include sea level rise, water shortages, crop failures, extreme weather, millions displaced, disease and increased risk of wars and conflicts.
Extinction Rebellion is pleased that Newcastle University took the first step of declaring a climate emergency on April 18th this year with the aim of achieving net-zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2040. The die-in is a way to bring the climate emergency to the attention of all students, and to make sure they know about the university’s declaration and how important it is that the university follows up with actions commensurate with the scale and urgency of the crisis.
Extinction Rebellion calls on Northumbria University to follow in the footsteps of Newcastle University and declare a climate emergency.
Jo Childs a 4th year medical student at Newcastle University says
"… Universities are places of innovation and creativity: important civic institutions whose role is to discover the truth and share their knowledge for the benefit of society. As such, they have a great duty and great opportunity to be at the lead of the response to climate change. I’m proud that Newcastle University has such a large and active team working on sustainability, and that they have taken the important step of declaring a climate emergency. However, they now they need to make it feel like an emergency. As a first step we would like urgent communications to be sent out to all students and staff stating exactly what the climate emergency is: why it is an emergency and what is being done about it. We aim not only to highlight the crisis but also to bring those who feel isolated in the face of it - as I did - together into a supportive community. We will be inviting students and staff to join our group and to come to our ‘Heading for Extinction and What to do about it’ talk by Extinction Rebellion on Thursday 4th October 6:30pm at Northumbria University. This is an exciting opportunity for staff and students to work together to hold the university to account. Join us!... “
EXTINCTION REBELLION’S KEY DEMANDS ARE:
- Government must tell the truth by declaring a climate and ecological emergency, working with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change.
- Government must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.
- Government must create and be led by the decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice.