‘I have campaigned for climate action for 20 years and I am exhausted. I have three children and know many women who refuse to bear children into this dying world.
‘We know that women and children are on the frontlines of this crisis, and at the same time women all over the world are rising to the challenge of this moment. I am small and insignificant; I have no power, influence, wealth, title or celebrity. But when we take action together, in great numbers, we can be powerful.
‘If we are to turn around this suicidal system, women all over the world must take their seat at the table. We are just one part of a movement for change, and we invite all women and those who identify as nonbinary, intersex or transgender to join us as we step into our collective power.’
41, a mother of three
The future of humanity is in the hands of our political leaders – and they are failing. After the group’s first occupation of central London in 2019, the UK parliament became the first in the world to declare a Climate Emergency.
However no meaningful action has been taken since – just more promises and announced targets.
Extinction Rebellion’s third demand intends to upgrade democracy, by forming legally binding Citizens’ Assemblies made up of regular people who have a real stake in their future.
Women lead the climate fight
Research by Global Citizen shows that women and marginalised communities are especially vulnerable to the effects of a worsening climate, including increased human rights violations around the globe.
In Malawi, for example, the disruptions of climate change could create 1.5 million additional child brides in the years ahead. In Australia, domestic abuse spikes after bushfires, which have become more intense and longer-lasting in recent years.
Many studies have also shown that women are leading the way in the fight against the climate crisis, one of which found that, ‘across 130 countries, women in government positions were more likely to sign on to international treaties to reduce global warming than men’.
The group cited climate leaders like former president of Ireland Mary Robinson, the school striker Greta Thunberg, Indian activist Vandana Shiva and the Ecuadorian Indigenous leader Nemonte Nenquimo, among many others, on a flyer handed out to passers by.