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Various resources - messaging, actions and more - filed by year

2024

2024

2024 General Election

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THIS IS NOT THE CHANGE WE NEED

The climate and ecological crisis, the cost of living crisis, war and conflict, racism and social injustice have been allowed to unfold due to a fundamentally unfit political system that has been pitting rich against poor, black against white, justice against corruption for centuries. Nature and people are exploited for economic gain, which is needed to keep the system going. It is time to end this cycle of greed and destruction and bring decision making power where it belongs: with everyday people.

To tackle the many crises and injustices we are facing and to upgrade our democracy, Extinction Rebellion demands a UK-wide Citizens' Assembly on Climate and Ecological Justice as a first step towards solutions that are fair, just, long term and implemented with the urgency that is needed right now.

There is still a lack of understanding and awareness about processes like citizens' assemblies. But deliberative democracy, which citizens' assemblies are a part of, has been around in civilisations as old as time and is seeing a resurgence in modern day politics: from France to Colombia, from Australia to India, Ireland, the US and here in the UK: everyday people are being tasked with complex problems to find a solution together. Citizens' assemblies are a proven mechanism for breaking political deadlock.

We campaign to show the power of ordinary people coming together; in NVDA, in citizens’ assemblies, and in community building.

An white hourglass on a black background. An envelope is slotted into the top, with more envelopes in the top half. The bottom half is filled with bones.

Beyond Party Politics

XRUK is NOT campaigning for Proportional Representation, nor for individual climate and ecological policies. Nor do we support or promote any political parties.

No matter who wins, this is not going to save us

The main political narrative we are seeing blames 14 years of Conservative governments for what has gone wrong in the UK. But Labour has let us down too. The political system these parties operate in means that no party will be able to fully confront the various crises, including the climate and ecological emergency. The media, party donors, and business interests make it virtually impossible.

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Steps to Creating Change

1. Make actions more impactful against the backdrop of a general election

2. Leverage the existing system to achieve our demands

3. Upgrade Democracy- 30th August- 1st September - South East UK (not London!)

How to use the 2024 General Election campaign for impact

A General Election campaign throws up opportunities because of:

However, most press interest and political leverage is focused on so-called battleground seats, and even in those, the bar is high for us to attract enough attention to be influential. There are two main opportunities for impact in this General Election campaign:

This page has been put together in collaboration between Political, Actions and Media and Messaging to give resources and support to those wanting to take action in the run up to the General Election as Extinction Rebellion.

The Political Influencing Strategy

Interested in the political side of campaigning for change? XRUK’s political influencing strategy is based on the Liberal Democrats’ support for a UK wide Citizens’ Assembly on climate and the environment, which can be used in certain seats to apply direct pressure on Labour to adopt a similar policy.

Check here to read more about the campaign. Even if you are not in one of the targeted constituencies you can help from afar. The strategy isn’t just about political liaison - these seats will benefit from actions to raise awareness and further ratchet up pressure on Labour.

If you are taking part in this tactic please contact xrukpolitical@gmail.com

Constituency Region Held by
Hitchin East of England Conservative
Cities of London & Westminster London Conservative
Chelsea & Fulham London Conservative
Harrow East London Conservative
Hendon London Conservative
Derby North Midlands Conservative
Rushcliffe Midlands Conservative
Keighley & Ilkley North Conservative
South Ribble North Conservative
Hastings & Rye South East Conservative
Milton Keynes Central South East Conservative
Reigate South East Conservative
Wycombe South East Conservative
Bournemouth East South West Conservative
Truro & Falmouth South West Conservaitve

High Profile (“Portillo Moment”) Seats

Political journalists tend to set the news agenda, and this is magnified many times over during a General Election campaign. And there’s nothing that appeals more as a story than a ‘big name’ potentially losing their seat (i.e. being humiliated!) come election day. If you’re in one of these seats, an action with a great photo opp is likely to get picked up by a news service and could even become one of the stock images of the campaign.

Constituency XR Region Incumbent Party
Richmond & Northallerton North Rishi Sunak* Conservative
Portsmouth North South East Penny Mordaunt Conservative
Godalming & Ash South East Jeremy Hunt Conservative
Welwyn Hatfield East of England Grant Schapps Conservative
North-East Somerset & Hanham South West Jacob Rees-Mogg Conservative

*not likely to lose but obviously high profile

Less spotlighted but still of above average interest to the press:
Constituency XR Region or Nation Incumbent/Candidate Party
Clacton-on Sea East of England Nigel Farage Reform UK
Holborn & St. Pancras London Keir Starmer Labour
Chingford & Woodford Green London Iain Duncan-Smith Conservative
Ashfield Midlands Lee Anderson Reform UK
Boston & Skegness Midlands Richard Tice Reform UK
Wycombe South East Steve Baker Conservative
North Somerset South West Liam Fox Conservative
Plymouth Moorview South West Johnny Mercer Conservative
Dwyfor Meirionnydd Cymru / Wales Liz Saville-Roberts Plaid Cymru
Monmouth Cymru / Wales David TC Davies Conservative
Aberdeen South Scotland Steven Flynn SNP
Dumfries & Galloway Scotland Alistair Jack Conservative
East Lothian Scotland Douglas Alexander Labour

Messaging

This election is not going to change anything for the climate and ecological emergency.

This is not the change we need.

The political system is working perfectly. For the billionaires. For the fossil fuel barons. For the media moguls and their pet politicians.

For the rest of us, voting changes nothing. Whether it’s Red or Blue, this election will bring nothing new.

A new face with the same Business As Usual agenda will simply take control of an unfit system that is set to kill billions.

It’s a deadly distraction: moving the deck chairs around on the Titanic as the iceberg of climate collapse looms ever nearer and more deadly.

We won’t let the elite pull another political conjuring trick on us. We won’t put a cross on a piece of paper and go quietly home and trust them to save us. Because we know that they won’t.

We, the people, are going to save ourselves. By coming together and deciding how to create a world that doesn’t involve war, famine, floods and killer heatwaves.

As a first step, Extinction Rebellion demands the government, whoever that will be after 4 July, is led by an independently run, UK-wide Citizens' Assembly on Climate and Ecological Justice.

Banner ideas

Slogan ideas

Ideas for people to use on banners, posters, social media posts, feel free to use, amend, adapt.

Press Release

Here is a template press release you can adapt to frame any action you take locally with this messaging.

More guidance on writing and sending press releases.

Hashtags

#Elections2024
#DecideTogether
#UpgradeDemocracy
#CitizensAssemble

Social Media Inspiration

We greatly encourage regional, national and local groups to use their own creativity and come up with social media content of their choice, but if you're stuck here are some rough ideas…

Two example images. On the left is a white man in an eighties suit, holding an old cordless phone. An arrow pointing to the phone reads 'current political system'. The image is captioned 'time for an upgrade?' On the right is a picture of Noel Edmonds presenting Deal or No Deal, but the boxes are labelled 'conservative' and 'labour'. Edmonds is speaking on the phone, saying 'Yeah sorry Mother Nature, whichever one you choose, you are fucked'.

Post examples

Whoever wins, this election will bring nothing new. This is not the change we need. We need everyday people to decide on a way forward in the climate & ecological crisis. We need a #CitizensAssembly for fair, radical action. #Elections2024 #DecideTogether #UpgradeDemocracy

Voting changes nothing. Whether it’s 🔴or🔵, this election will bring nothing new. A new face with the same #BusinessAsUsual agenda, presiding over an unfit system that is killing millions. We need a #CitizensAssembly for fair, radical action. #Elections2024 #DecideTogether

We won’t put a cross on a piece of paper, go home, and trust them to save us. We, the people, must come together and create a world that doesn’t involve war, famine, floods and killer heatwaves. We need a #CitizensAssembly for fair, radical action. #Elections2024 #DecideTogether

The political system is working perfectly. For the billionaires 💰 For the fossil fuel barons 🛢️ For the media moguls and their pet politicians 🤳 We must break this vicious cycle and try something different. We need a #CitizensAssembly for fair, radical change. #Elections2024

Action Ideas