Blockade AustraliaMonday, 22 November 2021 - 9:00am to Saturday, 4 December 2021 - 6:00pm
Warrang (Sydney)Gadigal Country of the Eora Nation
New South Wales
Last year began in flames and ended with floods. It was this continent's fourth-warmest year on record, while 2019 was the hottest and driest ever documented.
For decades Governments on this continent have known about the threat of climate collapse, but have been blocking meaningful climate action.
As politicians from all sides spin lies and make promises about Australia taking meaningful climate action, this continent has already warmed by 1.44 degrees since pre-industrial levels. 1.5 degree targets, like those set out in the Paris Climate Agreement, are calculated political deceit, designed to pacify the public.
Come to Sydney this November and blockade the streets of Australia's most important political and economic centre, to cause disruption that cannot be ignored. Change is necessary for survival, as Australia continues to block climate action, we will blockade Australia.
Since 1788, First Nations Peoples have been resisting Australia and it's destructive practices. Australia was founded as a militarised resource extraction site for one of the most brutal and destructive empires in human history. Its parliaments, legal systems and enforcement agencies were designed to privatise common resources and maximise corporate profit through the organised exploitation of people and the environment.
Blockade Australia recognises these institutional barriers to climate action.
This exploitation system is creating an environmental crisis that threatens to destroy most of the life on Earth. Climate feedback loops, like the thawing permafrost, melting icecaps and burning rainforests, are becoming active. The climate crisis is nearing the point of no return.
The past decades have shown that appealing to the good will of a system designed to exploit gets us nowhere. We need to look past sporadic, symbolic action which sees empty streets the day after a rally of thousands. Only with consistent and strategic disruption can we create space for real change.
Blockade Australia is calling on everyone willing to stand for a liveable planet to unite and converge on Sydney, to cause sustained disruption to Australia’s most important centre of political and economic power.
The Australia we confront is the same force that committed genocide against First Nations peoples across this continent.
We pay our respects to all First Nations People, their Elders and children; their resistance and unceeded sovereignty.