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The Digital Rebellion Wave was five days of digital actions advocating for systems change together with the Bail Out the Planet campaign. Thanks to everyone who participated!

29/06/2020

Day 1: No climate justice without social justice

Today is the first hearing of the police officers who brutally killed George Floyd. Extinction Rebellion NL would like to stand in full solidarity with Black Lives Matter, with all the movements that fight for human and social rights, and with all the people of color, Indigenous people, and other racialized peoples who suffer ongoing persecution and discrimination.

The struggle for climate and ecological justice can never be meaningful or legitimate without speaking out against racism and colonialism. Those lie at the core of our civilization and must be exposed to the surface so that we can shed a light on the interconnectedness of these struggles: The corporations that pollute our ecosystems are the same ones that conspire with paramilitaries to murder Indigenous activists. The companies that extract precious metals from the earth are the same ones that depend on foreign labour with subhuman living conditions. And the governments that now allow destructive and exploitative policies and practices are still largely composed of white rich men working in the interests of other white rich men.

As we rediscover our deep connection and dependence on nature we also realize our connection to each other. Another person's suffering is my own suffering and no single person can be free unless all people are free. Let us unite as one human family to dismantle the systems that oppress us and construct new ones that are worthy of us, that nourish & sustain us and all life on the planet.

Action

Keeping all this in mind, today we want to amplify the voices of those affected. Educate yourself and your surroundings, raise awareness, and share the stories and accounts of activists and affected people on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram – whatever social media you use. Here you can find some suggestions for pages to share content from. You can also tune in to Rebel Radio tonight at 19.00 to listen to a full program about Climate Justice & Social Justice, read about Extinction Rebellion’s upcoming anti-racism campaigns and join the online meeting tonight at 20.00.
#JusticeForGeorgeFloyd

30/06/2020

Day 2: Finance

Banks, Investment funds, insurance companies and other financial institutions for many decades have been creating more harm than good. The intrinsic mechanism by which money is created in the form of debt in order to fuel the economy subjects our society to financial crisis after crisis. Instead of providing the lifeblood to support those in need of help and feed the transition to a more egalitarian and green future, the financial sector has harvested huge amounts of profit from interest rates, fees and investment in extractive and exploitative industries.

As an example, ING Group, a Dutch multinational banking and financial services corporation headquartered in Amsterdam continues to support the fossil fuel industry and even its expansion. It does this despite claiming to support the Paris climate agreement and despite the urgency of the climate crisis. ING is one of 17 banks to have backed the controversial Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) project in December 2018 with a 635 million euro loan facility. TAP is the western extension of the Southern Gas Corridor, and is planned to run for 879 km across northern Greece, Albania, the Adriatic Sea, and end in Italy. As well as locking Europe into ongoing fossil fuel-dependence, the project construction has caused serious local social and environmental impacts along the pipeline route.

More recently ING and civil service pension scheme ABP have invested more than €880m in Norilsk Nickel, a mining group owned by Russia’s richest man and which is at the centre of a major pollution incident in the Arctic. We believe that ING and financial institutions in general cannot be responsible for a transition to a future based on cooperation instead of competition, care instead of extraction, love instead of fear. In the wake of the Corona Crisis we urge civil society to wake up and to call upon our governments to enforce strict regulations on financial institutions so that they can enrich the world instead of the world enriching them.

We demand Systems Change instead of Climate Change.
#BeterUitDeCrisis #BailOutThePlanet #NormaalIsOver

Action

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Example Tweets
  • ING continues to support the fossil fuel industry and even its expansion. It does this despite claiming to support the Paris climate agreement and despite the urgency of the climate crisis. We demand a green transition now! #NormaalIsOver #BailOutThePlanet @ING_news
  • An analysis of 35 leading investment banks shows financing of more than $2.66tn for fossil fuel industries since the Paris agreement. We call upon our governments to enforce strict regulations on financial institutions #NormaalIsOver #BailOutThePlanet #BeterUitDeCrisis
  • Most major banks and insurance companies in The Netherlands still invest in gas companies and plastic producers. It’s time to stop the destruction of nature and instead #BailOutThePlanet #BeterUitDeCrisis #NormaalIsOver

01/07/2020

Day 3: Aviation

The aviation sector is one of the most polluting industries. For decades it has continued in the same way without any evolution or progress towards a real substantial cleaner form of flying, despite their claims to the contrary. Average carbon emissions for flying are calculated to be between 10 and 30 times higher than similar train journeys per passenger. Aviation doesn't only cause major environmental and climate problems but is also responsible for an unprecedented amount of nuisance for residents in a wide area around airports. It often leads to chronic lack of sleep, stress, heart problems and other related physical and psychological conditions.

Before the Corona crisis halted aviation worldwide, Schiphol wanted to increase the number of flights to more than 500.000 per year. On top of that the Schiphol group wants to open a whole new international airport in Lelystad for holiday flights. Even though the crisis showed us the positive effects of a much cleaner and clearer skies, Schiphol and aviation companies like KLM are already making plans to not just continue as before, but further increase the number of flights. It was recently announced that KLM will receive a bailout of an unprecedented €3.4 bn without any green strings attached.

We must demand our governments to set up binding conditions by which KLM and other airline companies and airports will have to comply, such as reduction in the number of flights and reduction in airports capacity. Conditions that respect the environment we live in and the air that we breathe.

We demand Systems Change instead of Climate Change.
#BeterUitDeCrisis #BailOutThePlanet #GreenStrings #KLM #Corendon #Schiphol

Action

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Example Tweets
  • Politicians present in tonight’s Tweede Kamer KLM meeting. Tag them in your tweets! @LammertvanRaan @Sneller @a_mulder @henknijboer @jpaternotte @EvertJanSlootwe @bartsnels @RoaldLinde @realDionGraus @WybrenvanHaga
  • KLM is about to receive €3,4 bn in subsidies from the Dutch government without any meaningful conditions. We demand #GreenStrings instead of blindly pumping money into a dying industry #NormaalIsOver #BailOutThePlanet @KLM
  • If the aviation industry was a country, it would be under the top 10 C02 emitters. Still, it is receiving enormous amounts of subsidies from governments. We demand #GreenStrings instead of blindly pumping money into a dying industry #NormaalIsOver #BailOutThePlanet @KLM @Schiphol
  • Average carbon emissions for flying are calculated to be between 10 and 30 times higher than similar train journeys per passenger. It’s time to phase-out the aviation industry and #BailOutThePlanet

02/07/2020

Day 4: Fossil Fuels

The fossil fuel industry is a uniquely destructive force in driving climate breakdown. Emissions of carbon dioxide and methane from just 90 companies are responsible for nearly half of the global temperature rise over the past century. In addition to the climate impact, this industry continues to destroy entire ecosystems and local & indigenous communities through mining, fracking, and oil extraction. Fossil fuel companies have known for decades of the immense long-term damage they are causing. But they have chosen to spend vast amounts of money on political lobbying and greenwashing, while accelerating extraction to drive up short-term profits.

As long as corporations operate within legal bounds, they are only accountable to their shareholders, whose prime interest lies in maximising private profit. We will not see a change in these companies' behaviour until governments impose regulations and tighter controls. Yet we continue to witness that our governments carry on with propping up this deadly and dying industry. The European Central Bank has just injected €7bn into fossil fuel companies. Uniper was allowed to open a new coal power plant in Germany a few weeks ago. The same Uniper is currently threatening to sue the Dutch government over its plans to phase out coal. The Dutch government has just handed over €90m to Shell and ExxonMobil in compensation for "lost profits" from their gas business in Groningen. The list goes on.

Fossil fuel businesses are in a volatile moment right now, as fuel consumption has decreased as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the price of oil has tanked. This presents a unique opportunity for governments to intervene. Instead of blindly pumping more public money into these companies, any public subsidies must be on the condition of an eventual phase-out. We need these companies to be dismantled in a fair and just way. This entails holding them to account for the harm they have done to the world, as well as helping their workforces transition to jobs in sustainable industries. The fossil fuel industry will lead us into extinction with the assistance of our governments, but only if we allow them to. We do not accept that these companies have a right to profit from their toxic business and our public funds.

We demand Systems Change instead of Climate Change.
#BeterUitDeCrisis #BailOutThePlanet #NormaalIsOver

Action

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Example Tweets
  • According to the IMF, the fossil fuel industry receives a stunning $5 trillion every year in public subsidies. That is 6.5% of global GDP in 2014. Bail out the planet, not its destroyers. #ClimateCrisis #BailOutThePlanet @IMFNews @ExtinctionR
  • The five largest fossil fuel companies spent €251m on lobbying the EU on climate issues between 2010 and 2019. We do not accept that these companies are supported by our public funds. #BailOutThePlanet #NormaalIsOver #ClimateCrisis @bp_plc @Chevron @exxonmobil @Total @Shell
  • During the Covid-19 crisis alone the European Central Bank @ecb injected €7.6 billion into fossil fuel companies like @Shell, @ENGIEgroup and @eonenergyuk. It is time to stop funding the destruction of nature. #ClimateCrisis #BailOutThePlanet @Greenpeace @ExtinctionR
  • Shell @shell is among the top 10 of biggest contributors to the climate crisis and still spends over 95% of its investment expenditure on fossil fuels extraction. #ShellMustFall
  • Shell @shell benefits from massive state subsidies and does not pay any profit taxes in the Netherlands. Its CEO earns a thousand times more than the minimum wage. #ShellMustFall #BailOutThePlanet
  • Shell @shell has spent millions of euros on lobbying against climate policies, and has been blatantly misleading the public’s perception with its numerous green-, pink-, and art-washing campaigns. #ShellMustFall #ShellKnew
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03/07/2020

Day 5: Another world is possible

The coronavirus crisis briefly put our societies on hold. The associated economic shock will force us to reconsider the world we want to live in. Will we accept the sacrifice of our well being in order to return to a so-called “normal”? To a world where the most powerful sectors of the economy are driving us towards a climate and ecological catastrophe with complete disregard for life? Or will we take the opportunity to rebuild a society that puts life before profit, and thrives within planetary boundaries? For too long, governments prioritized short term economic interests and lent a helpful ear to polluting companies, preventing the necessary transformation of our economies. Even faced with a world shaking pandemic, governments are unable to imagine a different way forward and bail out ecocidal industries in a desperate attempt to resuscitate the pre-corona “normal”.

Even as governments stay stuck in old paradigms, the seeds of the future are already being planted, rooted in ideals of equality, solidarity and community. Grassroot organizations are working to relocalize food distribution and prevent food waste. Communities are experimenting with local and alternative currencies. Neighbours are coming together to learn how to repair rather than throw away. Municipalities are allowing inhabitants to set their own priorities for their local communities. Big cities and even countries are starting to question our foolish quest for never-ending economic growth. And the pandemic forced all of us to reconsider our priorities and values, in a world where what we had been told was impossible suddenly became necessary.

Today it is time to tell this new story. A story in which governments stop their complicity in the destruction of the planet and start to act in the long term interest of the public. And a story in which we embrace and amplify existing alternatives in order to build a just and resilient society. Normal is over. It is time for action.

We demand Systems Change instead of Climate Change.
#BeterUitDeCrisis #AnotherWorldIsPossible #BailOutThePlanet #NormaalIsOver

Action

Is there a nice project near you that brings together communities or offers alternatives for a resilient and sustainable future? Talk about it! Share it on social media with your family and friends and encourage them to do the same! This way, we will show more people that the seeds of the future are already here and maybe encourage them to get involved as well! Share a story on your favorite alternative, be it your local thrift store, short food distribution circuit, repair café etc, and use the hashtags #AnotherWorldIsPossible & #BeterUitDeCrisis

Google Maps reviews

Today, we spread the love! Give 5-star reviews to:

  • Lekkernassûh, an initiative for relocalized food distribution
  • Conscious Kitchen, trying to prevent food waste
  • ... and any other great initiatives you want to make known.
Example Tweets
  • We are at a crossroads: either we try to return to “normal” & keep on accelerating the planetary crisis. Or we build a just and resilient society inspired by existing alternatives & lessons from the pandemic #BailOutThePlanet #AnotherWorldIsPossible #ExtinctionRebellion
  • It is time that citizens rise up and ask governments to act in the long term interest of the public. We need to build a different society that puts life before profit, and thrives within planetary boundaries. #BailOutThePlanet #AnotherWorldIsPossible #ExtinctionRebellion
  • Let’s imagine a world where governments stop their complicity in the destruction of the planet and where citizens come together to decide how the future society will look like. #BailOutThePlanet #AnotherWorldIsPossible #ExtinctionRebellion
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