Our home is on fire and our governments are failing to protect us.
We are in an ecological and climate crisis that scientists call the beginning of the sixth mass extinction.
One million plants and animals and now even humans are facing extinction before the end of this century - we are running out of time.
Since the first global agreement to address climate change, more emissions have been released than in any other period of human history.
We are looking down the barrel toward more intense bushfires, floods, droughts, food shortages and social collapse. This is what the science is saying. The awful truth.
In Tasmania, our coasts and fishing industries are in a dire state due to human caused climate and ecological stress.
In recent summers, bushfires ripped through World Heritage rainforest thought to be over 1000 years old.
Hobart has been described as a tinderbox waiting to be decimated by bushfires more intense and frequent due to global warming.
In a democracy, as citizens, it is our moral duty to hold our governments to account whatever our political views. These are the terms of the social contract we have entered.
This is what gives our government legitimacy and authority. None of what we have done so far has worked.
That is why the democratic movement, Extinction Rebellion, demand that governments tell the truth and act now.
Simple justice tells us we must act as moral beings. And we have the right to protect ourselves.
That is why we have joined the Rebellion. To rebel for life on earth.
Tasmania has a history of nonviolent direct action that has worked, we have the tools and motivation to fight this.
We have joined the International Rebellion that started on October 7.
The Spring Rebellion in Tasmania will involve two weeks of creative and disruptive actions featuring street performance, art, personal sacrifice, and sustained protest.
We apologise that you might be inconvenienced. We are left with no other choice.
We hope that you understand it is our moral duty to Rebel for life, especially for our children's lives.
Over 10 million people globally have taken to the streets to demand climate action only to be dismissed by our governments. Successful civil disobedience must be sustained for more than one day.
The Rebellion is building, and it is beautiful and disruptive. Our members stem from all walks of life, yet we are mobilised with a common goal - to ensure a thriving future for all.
If not us, then who? If not now, then when?
- Claire Burgess and Tristan Sykes, Extinction Rebellion Tasmania.