Posted on 21 June 2019
Citizens of the world – Arise and consider.
We are a people that proclaim to live in a world that guarantees religious and civil liberties, rightly equal.
We declare equal opportunities to all our citizens, and declare our resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of every person.
Ours is a world that all may enter without privilege or prejudice accorded by race, economic power, military force, or station of birth. This is a world where anyone, anywhere may express their beliefs, no matter how singular, without fear of being coerced into silence or conformity.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all citizens are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and happiness.
— That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.
When a government wilfully abrogates its responsibility to protect its citizens from harm and to secure the future for generations to come, it has failed in its most essential duty of stewardship. The ‘social contract’ has been broken, and it is therefore not only our right, but our moral duty to bypass the Government’s inaction and flagrant dereliction of duty, and to rebel to defend life itself.
The science is clear, the facts are incontrovertible, and it is unconscionable to us that our children and grandchildren should have to bear the terrifying brunt of an unprecedented disaster of our own making.
We are in the midst of the 6th mass extinction, with around 200 species becoming extinct each day. Humans cannot continue to violate the fundamental laws of nature or of science with impunity. If we continue on our current path, the future for our species is bleak.