Christian Extinction Rebellion members participate in mass die-in at the Tate Modern, while other members are on bail from DLR action.
Members of Christian Climate Action(CCA) participated in a mass die-in outside the Tate Modern as part of Extinction Rebellion on Saturday, as Extinction Rebellion’s two week long International Rebellion draws to a close.
The mass die-in happened outside the Tate Modern, a converted power station, in a symbolic act to demonstrate how we can change our societies form ones centred around fossil fuels to ones of beauty and creativity.
One member of CCA, Andy Ross, a father of 3 from London, said:
‘I act because when you really understand about the future that faces us there is nothing else you can do. I block traffic because I am tired of constantly retreating in the face of the powerful, the rich and the corrupt, in the face of business as usual.’
The mass die-in comes after Christian Climate Action played a role Extinction Rebellion’s International Rebellion, during which they occupied Marble Arch, Oxford Circus and Waterloo Bridge.
As part of this International Rebellion, on Thursday this week, five members of CCA stood on top of a DLR train in Canary Wharf holding banners saying: ‘Business as Usual = Death’ and ‘Don’t Jail the Canaries’. The five participants have been charged with obstructing trains or carriages on the railway by an unlawful act and released on conditional bail by district judge Susan Williams.
Notes for editors:
- Christian Climate Action is a community of Christians supporting each other in acts of public witness and non-violent direct action, as a way of following Jesus in the face of climate breakdown.
- More photos available on request.
- Members of Christian Climate Action is one of a number of groups taking part in the Extinction Rebellion.
- A zero-carbon economy by 2025 will not be possible under the global market economy, which is projected to double in size during the next two decades. Zero carbon targets and protection of life on earth generally is not possible without a completely new economic model. As Pope Francis has said: ‘The worship of the ancient golden calf (cf. Ex 32:1-35) has returned in a new and ruthless guise in the idolatry of money and the dictatorship of an impersonal economy lacking a truly human purpose.’
- A recent IPCC report shows that worldwide temperatures are currently heading for 3°C compared to pre-industrial levels, most likely triggering uncontrollable escalation in temperatures, whereas we need to be aiming for 1.5°C .