Protests will break out around the world on Monday, October 7, 2019, in an act of peaceful civil disobedience that is being called “International Rebellion.” The Burrard Bridge Takeover, as referred to on the Facebook event, is being hosted by the Vancouver branch of Extinction Rebellion. Burrard Bridge will be overtaken by protesters as of 8 a.m. on the morning of October 7.
Extinction Rebellion is an international movement that conducts what they call "non-violent civil disobedience in an attempt to halt mass extinction and minimize the risk of social collapse," according to their website. Next week, 60 cities worldwide will be participating in the rebellion. The rebellion won’t end on the Monday that it begins. Rather, it is planned to take place for up to two weeks until "governments act on the Climate and Ecological Emergency."
On the Vancouver-specific event page, the protest is referred to as part of a Canada-wide #BridgeOut action which is intended to take place on bridges around the country. Therefore, Burrard Bridge won’t be the only Canadian bridge out of commission as of October 7.
As the rebellion plans to occupy the Burrard Bridge until demands are met, it is important to understand the exact demands Extinction Rebellion is putting forth.
As outlined on their website, their demands are three-fold. First, they want the government to tell the truth and officially declare both climate and ecological emergencies. Next, they want the government to act now in order to "halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2025." Finally, they demand that the government organizes and adheres to the decisions of a "Citizens' Assembly on Climate and Ecological Justice."
According to the "Global Rebellion - Burrard Bridge Takeover" Facebook event, "A mass strike needs clear demands and it needs to be sustained day after day until those demands are met." It sounds like these protesters are prepared to wait it out until they see change.
Extinction Rebellion is known for their acts of civil disobedience worldwide. Many of their protests are graphic, eerie, and meant to instil fear and unease.
A number of protesters even blocked an intersection and locked themselves to a sailboat in D.C. last month.
Because the organization is known for creating disturbances in the name of climate action, it is safe to say that the Burrard Bridge Takeover will disrupt bridge traffic in a big way.
"Bring your instruments, art, songs and anything fun and festive which you'd like to do on the bridge!" the Facebook event reads. After hundreds of thousands gathered in Canadian cities for the Global Climate Stike on September 27, we know this is a cause people will show up for.