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Greenpeace HQ occupied by environmental campaigners
Occupiers call on Greenpeace to show leadership in tackling the real and present threats of the ecological crisis
Environmental activists from Extinction Rebellion today occupied the offices of Greenpeace in London and staged an occupation inside the building. Climate change is the emergency issue of our time and the activists are calling for Greenpeace to ‘up their game’. 
The occupiers blew horns to announce their arrival at the premises while bringing a cake and flowers for the staff. A statement of intent was read out to staff:
“Dear Greenpeace, We love you.
“We have been inspired by you, we have fundraised for you, we have shared your stories and we have marvelled at your courage over many years … We understand that positivity used to be a call to action. But it does not work when faced with ecological and societal collapse … business as usual is no longer an option, least of all for our movement.
“We all need to come together and consider what could be done differently. Major social justice battles of great magnitude have been won by ordinary people doing extraordinary things ... All of these things seemed insurmountable before they were proven not to be, by people deciding to undertake mass civil disobedience.
“With this in mind, we suggest it is time to ask ordinary people to step up. To make extraordinary choices in the face of our life or death situation. Failure to do things differently, when everything is failing, can only be described as complicity. We ... ask that you take leadership on the climate breakdown and the extinction crisis.” [2 - full statement below]
In addition, the occupiers asked Greenpeace to send an email to their members to encourage them to take action and give them information about November’s Extinction Rebellion, and to actively “support people as they set off on this new journey”.
Declaration of Rebellion
Extinction Rebellion is coordinating a nonviolent uprising against the criminal inaction by the British government on the climate crisis.  On the 31st October, there will be a Declaration of Rebellion taking place in Parliament Square in London, with a series of actions planned in November. 
“Humanity finds itself embroiled in an ecological crisis unprecedented in its history, mass extinction is happening, human extinction is a real possibility,” commented Extinction Rebellion activist Jessica Townsend.
“Unless immediately addressed, we risk the destruction of all we hold dear: this nation, its peoples, our ecosystems and the future of generations to come.”
Simon Bramwell, another campaigner for Extinction Rebellion added: “This is an emergency. We are facing extinction and have little time to rise up to make our governments take the hard decisions needed to save us. The window for change is narrow - action is needed urgently, it is a moral duty.”
He added “On the day when three anti-fracking campaigners are appealing their prison sentences, we do this action in solidarity with them, knowing we all must up our game and be willing to face the consequences with grace and determination.”
Open statement to Greenpeace from RisingUp, coordinators of Extinction Rebellion:
We love you.
We have been inspired by you, we have fundraised for you, we have shared your stories and we have marvelled at your courage over many years.
We have been supporters, marchers, agitators, hunger strikers and in this building, together, we are all bold brave people who stand up for life itself, and the systems that support it.
We are here with love in our hearts and a deep grieving for the failure of our movement in this time of climate catastrophe. And the failure of the whole human race as we hurtle towards extinction at unprecedented speed.
We understand that legitimacy brings privilege and opportunity, that funding keeps food on the table and the rent paid so that people can work. We understand that positivity used to be a call to action. But it does not work when faced with ecological and societal collapse. The outlook is bleak and we all know it.
Humanity is failing to grasp a clear perspective. The IPCC fails us, our government fails us, the NGOs have failed us, and business as usual is no longer an option, least of all for our movement.
We all need to come together and consider what could be done differently. Major social justice battles of great magnitude have been won by ordinary people doing extraordinary things. In living memory fascism have been defeated, dictators have been toppled, and women and people of colour have won equal rights to vote and to work. All of these things seemed insurmountable before they were proven not to be, by people deciding to undertake mass civil disobedience.
With this in mind, we suggest it is time to ask the ordinary people to step up. To make extraordinary choices in the face of our life or death situation.
We all know that at present we are committing our younger generations to a life which will feel like hell on earth. Failure to do things differently, when everything is failing, can only be described as complicity. We are doing this occupation of Greenpeace Headquarters today to ask that you take leadership on the climate breakdown and the extinction crisis. As a start we ask you to send an email to your members to encourage them to take action. And give them information about November’s Extinction Rebellion. And we ask that you actively support people as they set off on this new journey.
Extinction Rebellion/Rising Up Activists
Extinction Rebellion statement following occupation of and meeting with Greenpeace
It was great to meet with Greenpeace today, some staff showed support for our occupation. When a Greenpeace employee read out the news that the Frack Free Three had been released from jail, we were united in our joyful cheers.
We all have grief and fears about what is happening and what is to come, if we don’t lessen this ecological crisis. We all think about what it will take to create the change so badly needed. Can these conversations, that Greenpeace staff tell us they have down the pub, also happen in their offices?
On an institutional level, we have met with Greenpeace before. Our experience is that of positivity and agreement that we are in a dire situation, that we need radical action. However there is little action afterwards. Greenpeace appear unwilling to talk about strategy.
We understand that as a large institution they have bills to pay and can be risk averse. These times of unprecedented ecological crisis, require our institutions to change, rapidly, and to be willing to take risks. We are asking them to support a real people powered movement as a forward thinking NGO, who have not just a public and political voice, but also the resources and experience to help this go as well as possible.
Today we spoke with Rachel Murray (Actions Director), Ben Stewart (Head of Special Projects) and Frank Zelko (Head of Direct Action).
We had 3 demands:
- That they take leadership on the climate breakdown and the extinction crisis. That they declare an emergency and move away from “positivity”, which limits action.
- That they send an email to their members to encourage them to take action and give them information about November’s Extinction Rebellion
- That they have an internal conversation, and with other NGOs, about what taking leadership looks like in these times. We ask them to take notice of the scientists, commentators and academics who are breaking ranks and risking losing their jobs, to communicate truthfully and to act as if that truth is real.
They said they are pleased to have this conversation with us and they will consider the points that we have raised.
We await their response.
Declaration of Rebellion facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/1588038141300204/
About Extinction Rebellion.
The Extinction Rebellion (XR) will be declared at Parliament on October 31st 2018. Time has almost entirely run out to address the ecological crisis which is upon us, including the 6th mass species extinction and abrupt, runaway climate change. Societal collapse and mass death are seen as inevitable by scientists and other credible voices, with human extinction also a possibility, if rapid action is not taken.
Extinction Rebellion believes it is a citizen’s duty to rebel using peaceful civil disobedience when faced with criminal inactivity by its Government. The Rebellion centres on demands for Government to tell the truth about our dire situation and to act accordingly, including to decarbonise our economy by 2025, in a mobilisation of war time like proportion. A Citizens Assembly will oversee the transition to a world which would be far more beautiful, less frenetic and with meaningful work for all.
Website https://risingup.org.uk/XR/, facebook https://www.facebook.com/pg/ExtinctionRebellion/about/, twitter https://twitter.com/ExtinctionR
The RisingUp network promotes a fundamental change of our political and economic system to one which maximises well-being and minimises harm. Change needs to be nurtured in a culture of reverence, gratitude and inclusion; whilst the tools of civil disobedience and direct action are used to express our collective power.