Mothers* Rebellion is a movement of mothers, caregivers and allies in a growing global community on six continents. We will not give up the fight for a sustainable present and future for the current and coming generations. We want to be able to look our children into the eyes and say that we truly do all that we can. We turn our grief and frustration over the lack of a powerful, transformative response from our politicians and leaders into action. We want:
To show that every individual can make an impact by joining together in collective action
To increase awareness of the climate crisis in society and prompt politicians to act accordingly
To act in solidarity with people in the world who are already suffering from the effects of climate change.
The movement is tied to Extinction Rebellion and stands behind the Extinction Rebellion demands of declaring a state of climate emergency, acting now, using citizens' assemblies and following principles of climate justice. We may also have specific demands connected to specific protests.
The idea for Mothers* Rebellion originates from California, USA. Simultaneously a movement of mothers, who held their first sit-down circle protest in August, 2022, had already started to grow in Sweden. The movement grew with several protests in 20 different Swedish towns and cities. In the fall of 2022 demonstrations also took place in Germany and the United States.
In the winter of 2023, women in Zambia, Sweden, The United States, Uganda and Germany got together and started planning a joint event. On the 13th of May, 2023, a coordinated protest was held in 21 countries on six continents. This was the first global Mothers* Rebellion.
FEATURED: THE ECO ENTHUSIAST PODCAST ON MOTHERS* REBELLION
About the episode:
Sara Nilson Lööv is a clinical psychologist, climate activist, and mother. In the summer of 2022, she was instrumental in creating MOTHERS* REBELLION in Sweden. Hear her speak about the origins of the movement and its methods, including "The Circle".
The method we use in our protests is simple. It is a circle of mothers* sitting down together in a public space, for example in a pedestrian street, a public park or outside a government building. We sit peacefully facing the passers-by. Through music, silence and testimonies of why we are part of Mothers* Rebellion we help ourselves and others to connect with our climate emotions. We often hold signs with the names of our children or other messages related to the climate crisis. We believe that connecting to both our fear, sorrow, anger, and love for our children can give us the power we need to collectivly face the climate crisis and bring about the change that is needed. With our circles we convey that we refuse to look away, that we refuse to give up and that we will do everything we can for the lives and future of our children.