XR – Reclaim the BBC – London
Public · Hosted by Extinction Rebellion
Friday at 10:30 AM – 5 PM3 days from now · 8–11°C Rain Showers
Langham Pl Marylebone, London W1B 1JA
Extinction Rebellion – 1st demand – “The Government must tell the truth about the climate and wider ecological emergency, reverse inconsistent policies and work alongside the media to communicate with citizens.”
For too long the BBC has either ignored or downplayed the climate emergency – Let’s reclaim OUR BBC to tell the truth on climate change. We will be joined on the day by the Climate Media Coalition, a not-for-profit company set up expressly to achieve responsible media coverage of climate collapse, commensurate with the scale of issue.
Join the thousands of people who are taking action to hold our institutions to account. The medias complicity in failing to address the nature of this crises can no longer be tolerated.
Meet at the steps of All Souls, Langham Place, from 10am with a rally and civil disobedience to follow from 11am.
Bring drums, pots and pans – We are standing up to hold our media to account, and we will be heard!
The days events will include a vigil for all those that have tragically lost their lives as a result of climate change – please bring candles.
We are inviting all those who have been arrested in the past few weeks to join us, and tell their stories. We want to hear from those that have taken action with us.
We also want to hear from any students who have taken part in the Friday’s For Future School strikes. If you have participated, please come and share your story.
The BBC must lead from the front on the climate emergency – We therefore request:
1. The BBC Director General Tony Hall agree to a meeting with a delegation from Extinction Rebellion to discuss how the corporation can meet its crucial moral duty to tell the full truth on the climate and ecological emergency.
2. The BBC declare a climate and ecological emergency – we need to act now, the extinction of the natural world is happening and we face the collapse of our civilisations.
3. The BBC place the climate and ecological emergency as its top editorial and corporate priority – integrated into all of aspects of the BBC’s output, not just environmental sections – by adoption of a climate emergency strategic plan, at the level of urgency the corporation placed on informing the public about World War 2.
4. The BBC to divest all pension funds, investments and bank accounts from fossil fuel corporations and their bankers.
5. The BBC, its subsidiaries and its supply chain to agree to be zero-carbon by 2025.
6. The BBC to publish an annual eco-audit of all BBC operations, including summary of key ecological and carbon data.
7. The BBC to take a lead on encouraging other national & global media corporations to join the global efforts to save humanity / nature from existential crises.
8. The BBC to only allow think-tank spokespersons or lobbyists on-air to discuss the climate and ecological emergency whose funding is fully transparent.