In Chichester on Saturday 7 September at 11:58 a Declaration of Rebellion was read at the entrance to The Council House, North Street by Extinction Rebellion Chichester.
The Declaration was to announce that Extinction Rebellion Chichester will be supporting the International Rebellion that will commence a month hence, on 7 October.
The Declaration stated that even though we are currently in a mass extinction event our Government has failed to provide adequate protection. So, “it becomes not only the right, but the duty of its citizens to act on behalf of the security and well-being of our children, our communities and the future of life itself.”
Declaration of Rebellion by Extinction Rebellion Chichester
Tom Broughton and Sue Jones of Extinction Rebellion Chichester with the Declaration of Rebellion on The Council House.
The Declaration of Rebellion was supported by City Councillor Pauline Gaskin
We hold the following to be true:
This is our darkest hour.
The science is clear.
Humanity is caught up in events that, unless addressed immediately, threaten to catapult us into the destruction of all we hold dear: this land, our peoples, the ecosystems that give us life, and the future of generations to come.
The breakdown of the climate and ecological systems on which we depend, the loss of diversity in our oceans and lands, the increase in pollutants that destroy life as we know it, are all proceeding with increasing rapidity. A mass extinction event is under way on earth. An event that we have created and that now threatens our own life.
These crises can no longer be ignored, denied, or go unanswered.
Our Government has failed.
The wilful complicity displayed by our Government has promoted short term gain and private profit at the expense of a stable climate and biodiversity. This is threatening our well-being and the life of all creatures.
When Government fails to provide adequate protection, it becomes not only the right, but the duty of its citizens to act on behalf of the security and well-being of our children, our communities and the future of life itself.
We hereby declare that the bonds of the social contract between government and citizens have been rendered null and void.
We declare ourselves to be in rebellion against our Government until informed solutions be applied to change our present cataclysmic course.
We call upon every principled and peaceful citizen to rise and rebel with us on October 7th.
We refuse to bequeath a dying world to future generations by failing to act now.
We act in peace.We act on behalf of life.