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We are scientists uniting against climate failure.


Scientists have spent decades writing papers, advising governments, briefing the press: all have failed. What is the point in documenting in ever greater detail the catastrophe we face, if we are not willing to do anything about it?

Academics are perfectly placed to wage a rebellion: we exist in rich hubs of knowledge and expertise; we are well connected across the world, and to decision-makers; we have large platforms from which to inform, educate and rally others all over the world, and we have implicit authority and legitimacy, which is the basis of political power. We can make a difference. We must do what we can to halt the greatest destruction in human history.

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Non-violent civil resistance has proven to be one of the most effective tools to catalyze societal change, and has been a major driver behind historic victories for decolonization, labour rights, women's rights, LGBTQ+ rights, and civil rights. It is a last-resort, but one that members of Scientist Rebellion, alongside many other members of society, are increasingly embracing to protest the glaring injustice of the policies, laws, and systems that continue to fuel the climate and ecological crises. When we stand up to a more powerful authority, we can engage the public and mount political and economic pressure in ways that other forms of action cannot.
Behind every person you see risking arrest in civil resistance, there is a vast, multi-disciplinary team supporting them behind the scenes. You can think of it as an iceberg. No matter your circumstances, there is a place for you.

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Scientists and academics peacefully taking action against climate inaction are being sentenced and jailed

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Why We Rebel (#1)

“In times of emergency, the scientific community must act their part: we are among the most trusted members of society and we cannot let our immense prestige go to waste.”


“Why is it that the global south has to suffer the consequences that were caused by the Global North? Cancel the debts of the Global South and turn the debts into climate action.”

Why We Rebel (#3)

“I am a scientist but I am on the street today because I see no other option than going out of my lab and take risk being part of non violent movements to denounce the inactions of our governments for the survival of humanity.”

“We are currently heading directly towards civilizational collapse. We need to switch into climate emergency mode as a society.”

— Dr. Peter Kalmus

As scientists we have tried writing reports and giving presentations about the climate and ecological crisis to those in power. We must now have the humility to accept these attempts have not worked. Now is the time for us to take action, so that we show how seriously we take our warnings.

Dr. Peter Kalmus