Extinction Rebellion expanded an olive branch to Sir David Attenborough by giving him a "Civil Disobedience Starter Pack".
Eco-warriors delivered a letter and gifts including an olive tree to the naturalist's home in Richmond, London, yesterday after he warned them not to break the law.
They said the 94-year-old's influence and comments "are helping to eradicate the voices and victims of front-line earth protectors around the world".
It comes after Sir David said XR had to "be careful not to break the law" in their protests that have invaded central London in the past.
He said, "disrupting their lives … is serious business and could disenchant a lot of people".
He added, "Of course I agree with their message. It is about what is political and sensible to convince other people to join you."
Eco-warriors delivered a letter and "gifts" including an olive tree to the naturalist's home in Richmond yesterday after he warned protesters not to break the law
They said the 94-year-old's influence and comments "are helping to eradicate the voices and victims of frontline Earth protection officials around the world".
A small group of activists forwarded the letter to Sir David in response to his comments on the BBC breakfast last month.
The letter reads: “Nonviolent civil disobedience has a long history of rapid, transformative change.
“Breaking the law has been an integral part of the achievements of the suffragettes, Gandhi's salt marchers, the civil rights movement, and the Polish and East German democracy movements, to name a few.
All who stood were despised by society during their time, most of them wrongly characterized as extremists and aggressors (and worse!).
But they did, and the world is better for their victim. We owe our freedoms to the courage of those who break the law and risk their lives and freedoms before us.
"You yourself said" "We cannot be radical enough when we deal with climate change".
"But your recent comments to the BBC saying 'You have to be careful not to break the law' and that Extinction Rebellion should question whether their actions are 'political and reasonable', 'suggest that you believe otherwise.
The fastest person to have a million followers on Instagram, Sir David beat record holder Jennifer Aniston after joining the platform to reach a young audience
"We urge you now to reconsider this position and recognize the role of nonviolent civil disobedience in communicating with your global audience."
The letter adds, "With your unique position and influence, we fear your comments will help erase the voices and victims of frontline earth protection forces around the world."
Extinction Rebellion said they sent him an NVDA starter pack that "contains everything a person needs to understand how to engage in civil disobedience".
They also dropped an olive tree that they say represents peace, which featured pictures of environmentalists who they claim were killed by governments around the world.
Cathy Eastburn, mother of two from London, said: “On Sunday morning a small group of mothers, young women and a former soldier delivered a letter to Sir David Attenborough.
“We were hoping to expand an olive branch by delivering gifts and opening a conversation about how change can take place to mitigate the worst effects of climate and ecological crises.
"We have followed the message that we are all on the same page, and we hope that our gifts show that we can all be part of the change we need to see, even though our methods may be different."
In his BBC interview last month, Sir David said he had warned about the environment for decades.
He said, "But suddenly, in the last five years, it may be like people woke up, it's young people … and not ahead of time."
"The first time I had absolutely indisputable evidence (what happens to the natural world) was in the 1960s," he said.
I swam in a coral reef in Australia and saw a damaged reef. It was a horrible sight … like a cemetery. & # 39;
A boat is placed in the middle of the transportation hub as environmental activists block Oxford Circus during a coordinated protest by the Extinction Rebellion group on April 15, 2019
When asked how he manages not to feel desperate, he said, “I'm not desperate because what are you going to do? Just hide in the corner?
& # 39; Crying in the corner and forgetting everything and giving up? And if there is even a bit of hope, it is our responsibility to do something about it. & # 39;
When asked about the skepticism of the governments in the US and Brazil, he said: “We have to do what we can.
& # 39; We can't take that as an excuse for not doing anything …
& # 39; China is taking very big strides in many directions. China is moving in the right direction …
"The current administration in America is catastrophic from a conservation standpoint, but … that's who was elected and we have to go through it."
He added, "Every breath we take, every sip of food we eat ultimately comes from the natural world, and when we damage it, we damage ourselves."
"If there is one thing anyone can do is not to waste anything, not to waste electricity, not to waste food, not to waste electricity," he says.
"Just treat the natural world as if it were precious for what it is, and don't waste the parts of it that we are in control of."
Sir David was the fastest person to have a million followers on Instagram after joining the platform to reach a young audience.
He refused to comment on the XR letter and gifts.
Extinction Rebellion's letter to Sir David Attenborough in full:
Dear Mr. David,
We hope that you are doing well in these turbulent times. It is not necessary these days to go far from our front doors to know that our world is dissolving before us.
But sometimes our front doors can also bring friendly words. So here we are.
We are a group of Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists and we bring you this letter to ask for your help.
We have been enjoying your films and television programs for decades. We share your deep concern for the living planet and the need to take immediate and decisive action to address the climate and ecological emergency. Many of us in XR recently shared the similarities in your language usage in your films "A Life on Our Planet" and "Extinction: The Facts" with our own "Extinction Talk" on which Extinction Rebellion was founded.
I am sure you would agree that now more than ever we need new ideas, new courage and new ways of thinking to bring about the change we so desperately need.
Nonviolent civil disobedience has a long history of rapid, transformative change. Breaking the law has been an integral part of the achievements of the suffragettes, Gandhi's salt marchers, the civil rights movement, and the Polish and East German democracy movements, to name a few.
All who stood were despised by society during their time, most of them wrongly characterized as extremists and aggressors (and worse!). But they did, and the world is better for their victim. We owe our freedoms to the courage of those who break the law and risk their lives and freedoms before us.
You yourself said: "We cannot be radical enough in dealing with climate change." But your recent comments to the BBC, in which you said "You must be careful not to break the law" and that Extinction Rebellion should question whether their actions are "political and reasonable" suggest that you are believe something else.
We urge you now to reconsider this position and recognize the role of nonviolent civil disobedience in communicating with your global audience.
We fear that because of your unique position and influence, your comments will help erase the voices and victims of frontline earth protection forces around the world. The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples estimates that indigenous peoples protect 80% of the world's biodiversity. They know that they have no choice but to break the law and take action to protect their communities, habitats, and the biodiversity that sustains all life. They face violence, arrest, imprisonment, physical mutilation, and murder on a daily basis. Much of this violence is sanctioned by governments at the forefront of corporate power. Global Witness reports that 2019 was the deadliest year in history for environmental defenders. At least 212 people were killed to protect land and water from the interests of mining, agribusiness and fossil fuels. That's over four environmentalists murdered every week.
Extinction Rebellion and the School Strikers created the space for the climatic and ecological emergency in 2019 to reach the peak of global awareness. Extinction Rebellion was voted the world's leading educator / influencer on climate change at COP25. After our rebellion in April 2019, the British Parliament became the first in the world to declare a climate emergency.
This was achieved because many thousands of ordinary people risked arrest for this reason.
We are not hooligans or extremists here for the joy of breaking the law. We are mothers who fear for the future of our children. We are doctors and nurses who recognize the interconnected health and climate crises. We are young people tired of false promises. We are teachers, bus drivers, office workers, rabbis, priests, writers, artists, rescue workers, scientists, and more. Many of us are lifelong activists who have stood in the law for decades, marching and signing petitions, and we have watched with dismay how the crisis has only worsened.
Those who advocate a planet worth living – whether those who are just doing their part, the television personalities or the activists who advocate nonviolent direct action (NVDA) – are part of an ecology of change, and the relationship between one makes us out of symbiosis. Not a single element of this will be successful independently, but together we can create a unified revolutionary moment. Nor will it be enough now to urge people to gradually change their daily lives (although of course we encourage them if possible!). It is vital that governments are held accountable for continuing their ecocidal activities and sustaining destructive industries that are killing us.
We are so grateful for the role you play in the struggle to protect life on earth, and we ask that you work with us, not against us, and recognize that we all have a role to play in the times to come.
We are handing you this letter in the hope of reaching you directly. We brought the gift of an NVDA Starter Kit, which contains everything a person needs to understand how to use XR to practice civil disobedience. We hope you find value in it.
You'll also find an olive tree that represents peace and is adorned with photos of environmentalists killed by governments around the world to protect valuable habitats.
We'd love to keep talking with you about this and begin an important conversation about how we can make change in these dark times when all ideas for promoting peace and justice must be on the table.
It was revealed last week that XR protests cost taxpayers £ 15 million in police costs in one year, with disruptive stunts, including naked undressing in the House of Commons.
The Ministry of the Interior presented the Met with additional funds amounting to millions in the 2019/20 financial year to finance the rising costs of dealing with climate extremists.
On March 9th last year, around 400 demonstrators held a "Our Children's Blood" demonstration outside Downing Street.
Members poured buckets of fake blood on the street to portray the endangered lives of children.
Around 12 protesters were arrested over the next month after undressing and taping to glass during a debate in the gallery of the House of Commons.
The tactic used by some activists makes them limp when arrested and often means it takes four or five people to carry them away.
Police removed an Extinction Rebellion protester from Victoria Street in London on Thursday 3rd September
How did climate anarchists cost the taxpayer £ 15 million in one year?
Around 12 protesters were arrested after undressing and taping on the glass during a debate on Brexit in the gallery of the House of Commons.
Thousands gathered in Oxford Circus, Marble Arch, Waterloo Bridge and around Parliament Square.
Five activists, including XR co-founder Simon Bramwell, were arrested for criminal harm when targeting Shell's headquarters near Waterloo.
On the second day of action on Waterloo Bridge, police began arresting people at 12:40 p.m. but stopped a few hours later when the force ran out of cells.
By the end of the day, an estimated 500,000 people had been affected and 290 activists had been arrested in London.
Two activists climbed onto the roof of a Docklands Light Railway train at Canary Wharf station while another stuck to its side and disrupted rail traffic.
Major police marched into Parliament Square camp, arrested people and partially removed roadblocks before protesters recaptured it later that night.
Around 428 people had been arrested at the time.
A dozen teenagers, some ages 13 and 14, walked out with a banner that read, "Are we the last generation?" To the Healthrow access road. They were surrounded by the police.
By late evening, 682 people had been arrested in London during the demonstrations.
The London Stock Exchange is blocked by protesters who have glued themselves to the entrance with LED signs.
Four protesters boarded a Docklands Light Railway train in Canary Wharf.
Activists gathered in Hyde Park to end the eleven day protest.
A weekend of protest in east London included a mass bike ride, traffic blockades and talks in London Fields.
London Fashion Week was focused on Victoria Beckham's show, which was interrupted by a swarm of protesters.
200 people gathered for a "funeral march" from an H&M in Trafalgar Square to a fashion week venue in The Strand.
Tried to block the port of Dover by marching on the A20.
A fire truck was used to spray fake blood around the Treasury in central London.
Thousands of demonstrators attended the opening ceremony at Marble Arch.
Thousands of people blocked the center of London with various demonstrations.
Half a dozen activists in yellow and black bee clothes held an action during the Liberal Democrats' election campaign in Streatham, south London.
9TH OF DECEMBER
Activists blocked a street in central London to demand that the next government tackle air pollution in London.
Members of the University of Cambridge's Extinction Rebellion gathered to dig a lawn outside Trinity College.
The chief officer's comments come just weeks after the group took to the streets after a 10-day protest.
Sir Steve told the committee: 'We asked them to stop being floppy. It might seem silly to say, but if we arrest and pick them up, they'll all go to floppy disk, which is why you see four or five officers carrying them away.
& # 39; It's a complete waste of time on officers and a complete pain in the neck. If only they could act like sensible adults – you got your point straight, wanted to be arrested, got arrested, got up and walked away with an officer, and no more wasting police time.
"This is a real problem and they won't, and it's a funky nuisance."
The policeman added, "The problem with you going on floppy disk and four policemen carrying you away is that it looks to the general public that the police are overreacting.
"We're not making them go limp – they're just a nuisance."
Extinction Rebellion activists protested for ten days in central London earlier this month. The latest figures from the Met show that 680 people have been arrested.
These concerned alleged crimes such as obstructing the motorway, criminal damage and violating the legal conditions laid down for the demonstration.
This month activists were also blown up by Prime Minister Boris Johnson for "Invasive freedom of speech" after chaining themselves to the gates of the Newspaper Knight in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire.
Protesters also blocked access to the presses in Knowsley, Liverpool that same evening.
A total of 20 activists were fined £ 10,000 each for participating in the protest, the Met Police said.
Following the scenes that The Prime Minister said: “A free press is essential to hold the government and other powerful institutions accountable for issues vital to the future of our country, including the fight against climate change.
"It is totally unacceptable to restrict public access to news in this way."
In a speech given to the Police Superintendents Association after the protest, Home Secretary Priti Patel said she was determined to help police deal with "so-called eco-crusaders who have become criminals."
She said, “Trying to thwart the media's right to publish without fear or favor.
“And a shameful assault on our way of life, our economy and the livelihoods of the hard working majority. I refuse at close quarters to allow this type of anarchy on our streets. & # 39;
She beat those who took part in the demonstration as a "selfish minority".
"The criminals who disrupt our free society must be stopped," she added. “Together we must all stand up to the guerrilla tactics of the Extinction Rebellion.
“That means adapting to the threat and making sure that justice is guaranteed. Now, in policing, you have a number of powers at your disposal, and of course they should be used. & # 39;
Union leader Keir Starmer also hit the "counterproductive" protests by XR to stop the press.
He warned that the environmental group's newspaper blockade had cost public sympathy.
The stunt took place on September 4th and left the shelves of some newsagents empty the next morning. It sparked outrage between the parties.
Extinction Rebellion describes itself as "a politically non-partisan international movement that uses non-violent direct action to persuade governments to respond fairly to climate and environmental emergencies".
A note posted on their website revealed that the group is trying to communicate with the police "except in the case where a small group is trying to take a specific action that requires the element of surprise".
They said, “We have made some decisions about security and our interactions with the police.
“We made a strategic decision to communicate with the police about what we are doing when we believe it is more likely to make things go well (which we cannot always be sure of).
“Except for the case where a small group tries to take a certain action that requires the element of surprise, we generally don't try to be secure in our communication about plans.
"We assume we have been infiltrated by people who are not in the best interests and suggest that people take this into account."
What is Extinction Rebellion and what do they want?
"Extinction Rebellion is an international movement that uses nonviolent civil disobedience to stop mass extinction and the risk of social collapse," the About page on its website reads.
The environmental protest group held its first demonstration in Parliament Square on October 31, 2018.
The worldwide group wants to change the power structure in order to remove the authority of the central governments.
The website states: "We understand that we need to organize ourselves to meet our own needs. This, in the context of the Extinction Rebellion, means that we are working to balance power by destroying the usual pillars of power, that determine our life. "
The environmental protest group held its first demonstration in Parliament Square on October 31, 2018
Since 2018, members of the group have gathered at London Fashion Week, the House of Commons and various other locations in central London.
On Wednesday morning, April 17, 2019, two activists climbed onto the roof of a Docklands Light Railway train at Canary Wharf station while another one glued to one side and disrupted rail traffic.
The following day, the three activists were accused of blocking trains. After pleading not guilty, they were sent to jail for four weeks without bail until they awaited their next hearing.
On February 17, 2020, members of the University of Cambridge's Extinction Rebellion dug a lawn in front of Trinity College in protest of their investment in oil and gas companies. The excavated mud was later taken to a local Halifax office.
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