CLIMATE REBELLION, 11 - 18 OCTOBER, The Hague
The crisis is now
The crisis is NOW. Climate Justice is the defining issue of our time. All over the planet people are being killed by famine and natural disasters caused by the climate crisis. Our politicians don’t care. They protect the interests of the fossil industry, support the destruction of nature and abandon all those protecting life on Earth.
Action is our only hope. We demand CLIMATE JUSTICE FOR ALL: act now and make the Netherlands climate neutral in 2025 in a just manner.
The actions are attended by a wide audience and there are many activities for both new and experienced rebels. Everyone is welcome to join, for a few hours, a day or multiple days. Sign up below so that we can keep you informed of the actions and preparations.
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Climate Ground: decentralized programme
Alongside our civil disobedience action, we are organizing the Climate Justice Support Program. During the week, we will focus on supporting the action with outreach, artistic, and regenerative activities. There will also be talks and performances in the evenings. The weekend will see a decentralized programme of workshops, discussions, and shows, centred – but not limited to – the issues of climate justice and anti-oppression. If you wish to join, see here the programme. And here you can see a summary of the schedule that is updated every day.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here you can find info on the Climate Rebellion. This frequently asked questions section will be updated in the weeks leading up to the Rebellion.
The Climate Rebellion is the largest civil disobedience action for the climate in Dutch history. From October 11 – 15, we block the political center of the Netherlands, The Hague, with thousands of Rebels, for days in a row. We demand that the government makes the Netherlands climate neutral by 2025 in a just way. Throughout the week, we will also organize a legal program that will focus on outreach, training, and regeneration, with a few talks or performances in the evenings. During the weekend, there will be a full program with workshops, talks and music, focused on the theme of climate justice and how the Netherlands can reach the net 0 in 2025 in a just way. On October 18, we will come together to look back on Climate Rebellion and regenerate for the next actions.
Extinction Rebellion (XR) is an international movement of people like you and me. The movement was founded in the UK in 2018 and now we’re active in 1150 locations in 72 countries. We’re growing fast. We carry out peaceful, non-violent, disruptive actions to pressure governments into protecting all life on this planet.
Civil disobedience is the deliberately and peacefully breaking the law to call attention to a social injustice. Throughout history, civil disobedience has been used successfully to bring about major changes. For example, civil disobedience played a crucial role in Indian independence, the fight for universal suffrage, U.S. civil rights legislation, and enforcing research on HIV/AIDS.
For decades, activists have been working to stop the climate and ecological crisis. But we are losing the battle. Thirty years of signing petitions, demonstrating, voting “green,” and international climate summits yielded nothing. Greenhouse gas emissions have only continued to rise and the destruction of the Earth has grown more and more devastating. If we do nothing now, our planet will soon be largely uninhabitable. That’s why Extinction Rebellion uses civil disobedience.
The climate crisis affects everyone, but it does not affect everyone in the same way or at the same time. The consequences of the climate and ecological crisis are felt first and hardest by people in Asia, Africa, South America and Oceania who have contributed the least to the crisis. In the Netherlands, too, it is often poorer groups of people, who emit relatively less, who are most affected by the fossil industry. Moreover, these people are the most vulnerable in the transition to sustainable energy. That is why we demand climate justice for all. We demand a just transition that centres the needs and voices of those on the environmental frontline and holds to account those most responsible for ecological breakdown.
In short: with climate neutrality in 2050, the 1.5 degrees of warming is abandoned as a goal. This summer we were able to see what the world looks like with “only” 1.2 degrees of warming. The carbon budget to have a 50 percent chance of staying below 1.5 degrees (a much better prospect!) runs out in 2028. By being climate neutral in 2025, the Netherlands takes responsibility for past emissions and we create extra time for poorer countries that have contributed the least. As a rich country, we have the opportunities to do this.
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We have a few rules when joining action that everyone adheres to, check them out below:
1/ We show respect to everyone – to each other, the general public and to the government and police.
2/ We engage in no violence, physical or verbal, and carry no weapons.
3/ We hold ourselves accountable for our actions and do not hide from the legal consequences.
4/ We bring no alcohol or illegal drugs and smoke cigarettes only on places it will not bother others.
5/ We don’t bring political signs or promote political parties
6/ We don’t use open fire for any reason.
7/ We keep 1.5 meters distance and in case this isn’t possible wear face masks.
8/ We take responsibility for ourselves; we are all crew.
We follow the government’s measures, in addition we take a number of extra measures to ensure that people can safely participate in the Climate Rebellion. This means:
- We don’t ask you to keep 1.5 meters distance. We do ask you to be considerate of people who do want to distance, for example because they belong to a at-risk group or have relatives in a at-risk group.
- We ask you to do a self-test before participating in the action, and to stay at home in case of covid symptoms.
- We ask that you bring a face mask and put it on should you be placed in a detention bus or cell with other rebels, in close quarters.
- The climate justice support program is partly in bars and theaters, to participate in this you must show a (digital) corona pass showing that you have been recently tested or are fully vaccinated.
We strongly encourage you to sign up. That way we can send you important updates about the actions and we have a correct picture of how many people will come, so we can prepare everything properly.
You can get a sleeping spot by going to “De Besturing” (Saturnusstraat 91) between 8 p.m. and 23:30 p.m. during any day of the rebellion. If you’re ok with sleeping at a camping make sure you come prepared with tent, mat, and sleeping bag. If you want to sleep in an indoor space, please fill in this doodle.
If you live in The Hague and are able to host 5 or more rebels during the Rebellion, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
No problem! Alongside our civil disobedience action, we are organizing the Climate Justice Support Program. You can find more information below.
Civil disobedience also involves a lot of work behind the scenes. Financially, sure, but most of all it involves thousands of hours of our volunteers. Want to join as a volunteer for our legal program, outreach or regenerative activities? Sign up now.