Keynote Speaker: Farhana Yamin, Lawyer, Author, Speaker, Activist; Co-author, Paris Climate Accords
Rebellion brings you behind-the-scenes with Extinction Rebellion (XR), as the group confronts the climate emergency—reminding the world there is no time to wait. Emerging as action on climate change dangerously slipped from the political agenda, XR took bold steps to break through the deadlock: mass civil disobedience. It worked. In 2019, within days of XR protests and over 1,000 arrests, the UK Parliament declared a climate emergency and propelled the issue back into public consciousness. Countries around the world followed suit. Yet, just as XR became a global phenomenon, internal tensions rose within the group, with XR Youth calling out the movement for perpetuating structural and social inequalities and focusing on climate change rather than acknowledging the need for climate justice. Rebellion reminds us to question white Western environmentalism and push back against a fight that ignores structural racism and oppression.
Friday February 24
Kevin Macdonald, Lisa Marie Russo, Jess Search, Sandra Whipham
Maia Kenworthy, Elena Sánchez Bellot