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This Is Not A Drill: An Extinction Rebellion Handbook

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  2,141 ratings  ·  260 reviews
Extinction Rebellion are inspiring a whole generation to take action on climate breakdown.

Now you can become part of the movement - and together, we can make history.

It's time. This is our last chance to do anything about the global climate and ecological emergency. Our last chance to save the world as we know it.

Now or never, we need to be radical. We need to rise up. An
Paperback, 208 pages
Published June 13th 2019 by Penguin (first published June 2019)
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Mario the lone bookwolf
The peaceful and important protest against a mass extinction couldn´t be shown more disproportionate in mass media.

What extinction rebellion does and wants:
In contrast to WWF, Greenpeace, Fridays for future, etc., who mainly deal with general environmental and climate change topics, the very dark and depressing facts are brought to a broader audience by extinction rebellion. Things that are not going to happen as the worst-case scenarios for climate change, but have already happened and are hap
Sean Barrs
Review now available on Plant Based News.

“We refuse to bequeath a dying planet to future generations by failing to act now. We act in peace, with ferocious love of these lands in our hearts. We act on behalf of life.”

The energy from Extinction Rebellion is entirely contagious; it is passionate and driven, though it is also logical and peaceful. It is the movement environmentalism so desperately needed. And their rhetoric is persuasive and energising.

“THIS IS NOT A DRILL: An Extinction Rebe
Dave Schaafsma
"We hold the following to be true: This is our darkest hour."

A short collection of short essays that make it clear that we are very much in the crisis now where, within the Sixth Mass Extinction, mankind faces its own very possible extinction. These authors have studied mass movements and figure that they only need 3.5% of the population to get active, if they have any hope to save us. "Mass movements" of resistance, as it turns out, rarely involve very many people, most people being sort of obl
Alice Lippart
May 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Interesting and important, but the essays vary a bit in quality I think.
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I finished reading the Extinction Rebellion handbook four days ago and had a lot of thoughts about it, yet didn’t feel like writing a review. This is very unusual and reflects the range of emotions the book provoked. Basically, I knew any review would end up being very self-involved. My reaction was largely emotional because, not to put too fine a point on it, the information on climate change was familiar. I already think about it all the time. Just today I was drafting a (very unsatisfactory) ...more
Aug 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: environment, society
I found this a pretty disappointing and frustrating book. In particular Part 1, 'Tell the Truth', was virtually useless - all declaration and assertion, hardly any science. Considering that this book is likely to be bought/read by the at-least-almost converted and the already converted, I think it needed much more in the way of exemplary science, less of the pithy slogans. There is certainly not enough to persuade the doubters or uninitiated, let alone those simply seeking more knowledge and inf ...more
“There is no planet B. This is where we will live, or go extinct as a species.” I’m periodically prone to melancholy musings on the impending end of the world. Reading this punchy collection of 35 essays was a way of taking those feelings seriously and putting them to constructive use. You’ve likely heard of Extinction Rebellion: a peaceful environmental activism movement that began in the UK and has now spread worldwide, it demands that governments face the facts about the climate crisis and do ...more
Tommye Turner
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There is nothing quite like a short collection of essays to make you think. Essayists like Orwell and Woolf knew the impact the essay for could have, and their essays still inspire students, academics, journalists, and politicians today. This collection of essays is the next in that long line of revolutionary thought.

The words that have stuck to my memory are those of Rowan Williams in the Afterword: “The climate crisis is not some unfortunate accident but a reality that has been at the very le
I wanted this to be a handbook (like the title says it is), but apart from the last ten pages it's not a "How to" guide. In fact, it's not much of a guide of any kind, but a very mixed bag of short "essays", using the term loosely, about different aspects of the Exctinction Rebellion and Climate Change. I prefer more cohesive books, but there were some interesting tidbits. ...more
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
I have mixed feelings about this book.
I love the message, at least the part of needing to do something to change what is happening now with our planet. I also think that they might have a decent idea as to how to effect that change. However, as a book, I hated it. The fact that it is written by so many different authors, making chapters only about 3 pages long and al lot of them kind of saying the same thing but slightly different was highly annoying. But the main thing that made this book annoy
Aug 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
Let’s set the scene with two anecdotes.

Recently I was in the Trossachs, a National Park in Scotland. I was walking in the verdant light of the woods, minding my own business, when I saw a bout Extinction Rebellion graffiti on the reverse of a Forestry Commission sign. It made me so unutterably happy.

I also have a neighbour, someone we might call a Boomer in moments of political anger, who staunchly believes that Covid-19 was literally willed into existence by the younger generation (ie. me) as k
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
At the time of writing, the world is freaking out about Covid-19 aka the Coronavirus. That made me wonder what it would be like if similar levels of effort and urgency were expended on the climate crisis which, unlike the Coronavirus is not a relatively minor and short term threat. Why are our priorities so confused?

This Is Not A Drill: An Extinction Rebellion Handbook is split into two parts. The first deals with the scale of the current issue and concludes that we are now in the sixth mass ext
Tobias  den Haan
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Extinction Rebellion handbook is immediately one of the most important books of the year. An incredibly urgent collection of essays, pleas and consolations. With its marvelous diversity in authorship, it can make for a rollercoaster-like reading experience. An absolute gem of a book; a must-read for everyone.
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Had the intended existential crisis.
Rose Stanley
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Read this. Then pass it on to a friend. Then get yourself another copy. Repeat.
Sep 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, audible
3.5 stars
A very necessary book to read in our times. I thought it really did an excellent job of being simultaneously informative, alarming, and also giving a more positive rallying cry for action.

Would highly recommend to anyone with an interest in our current climate crisis.
Daryl Feehely
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The most important book you will read. A gut punch followed by a loving hug and sense of empowerment. Tell everyone, act now.
Jeni Miles
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Timely collection of essays which helped me better understand the Extinction Rebellion's perspective and reasons for tactics like civil disobedience in seeking to disrupt the status quo and bring about radical change.

Before reading this book I hadn't fully grasped:

- In a top 10 list of planetary threats, all but one have got WORSE since 1992
- the UK spends £10.5 billion a year in fossil fuel subsidies?!
- the Colombian Amazon is the second most biodiverse habitats on the planet. Yet the war on d
Rebecca Alcazaze
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
My teenaged niece encouraged me to buy this. I love her. I love the spirit behind the movement that makes her engage with it. I believe climate change is happening, has happened and that we need an epic paradigm shift to even begin down the path of curtailing it.

Perhaps I just don’t like didactic writing. Remember how Swift wrote his ‘Modest Proposal’ in response to the plight of the mistreated Irish Communities of the C18th? It was funny, cutting, outrageous. There’s non of that here. The handb
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Afterword captures this book perfectly: “But what makes [this book] more than a jeremiad or an apocalypse is the sheer energy of conviction here, the conviction that change is worthwhile, whether or not it ‘succeeds’.”
James Klagge
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A book for our times. This is a collection of pieces by various folks connected in some way with the British E/R group. The pieces walk the narrow line between motivation and despair. B/c if you see how urgent the matter is, you are liable to despair that anything can still be done. Some of the pieces try to live in this post-despairing space where we move forward even through catastrophe--finding the best ways to be human even then.
I'm glad I read this, and urge all to read it. But expect to be
Nov 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
While I'm really into the ideas of Extinction Rebellion, I could not enjoy this book. I really think something has to change soon, and that climate change is a threat to us all. Extinction Rebellion is a group that hopes to fight climate change by standing up to the governments and politics with a form of "peaceful activism". They encourage people to get arrested, by breaking the law in a peaceful way.

I don't think this is the way to go. I agree that the government needs to listen to the people
Wilma (LifeGoofer)
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is just necessary reading! whether you want to join the rebellion or not. There is certain information and understanding we all need to have about out situation on the planet right now. If you don’t feel dutiful and loving towards the planet or don’t care about climate change, its important that we all do what we can TO care. Because its absolutely essential!
Catherine Hosen
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Essential reading

A collection of articles by numerous individuals: those on the front lines of climate change, like members of indigenous communities and California fire fighters; politicians, scientists, economists and practical protesters. All telling aspects of the same story that we all need to hear.

Is climate change a real problem? Indisputably yes. Can we solve it, and therefore have a future for humanity, for our children and grandchildren? Yes, but it's going to be difficult, painful at
Jan 18, 2020 marked it as noted
Shelves: environment
Others who follow left-leaning environmental content have probably also read criticisms of XR for their protest tactics, and for not including more PoC especially in organising roles. Following is a link to an excellent (and very long) essay explaining and synthesising both these issues in much greater depth, by examining the academic studies about protest and social movements on which Roger Hallam based XR. Hallam seems to have used a superficial reading of these, as many of the core attributes ...more
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
A stirring collection of short essays on the climate emergency and on the action that Extinction Rebellion seeks to carry out and encourage others in. I likely could relate the most to Susie Orbach’s contribution on “Climate Sorrow,” because I find the enormity of the predicament we have put ourselves in so overwhelming. I also found the short chapter on “A New Economics” interesting.

I don’t know if gluing themselves to buildings will have the desired effect, and I’m not sure I’m ready to get o
Martijn Reintjes
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WOW, just WOW.

This book was a rollercoaster.
It certainly punches you in the gut when it makes you realise how totally fucked our climate is becoming and what the consequences are.
I became so depressed that I almost couldn't take it anymore and wanted to quit the book.

I'm glad that I didn't, as the second part sparks a shimmer of hope.
It's not too late yet.
But things need to change drastically and fast.

The book outlines the Extinction Rebellion strategy to push governments to do what is necessary
Jamie Bowen
Jun 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
Always good to test your theories on climate change, whether it’s for or against, so after the recent Extinction Rebellion protests in London I was interested to hear more about them. The book is split into two parts, the first part is a selection of short articles from real people experiencing real extreme change, from indigenous people, Californian firemen to scientists. This part was the most interesting, getting a picture from across the globe of how things are changing. The second part is a ...more
Matija Penezić
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I would say this is a good read to push you one step closer towards becoming an activist with Extinction Rebellion or similar initiative.

To all those who gave lower rating because this handbook does not talk a lot about scientific facts and numbers - it is certainly nor fair towards the authors. We are well beyond the point of changing points of view with a short handbook and I would say that, anyway, this is not the point of this handbook. If you want deep analysis with plenty of notes for furt
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